Lambo’s 897bhp Asterion plug-in hybrid combines V10 engine with three electric motors for emissions of 98g/km
Lamborghini has pulled off the shock of the Paris Motor Show with a new Asterion plug-in hybrid concept that shows a bold new direction for the brand. Officially called the Asterion LPI 910-4, it combines a mid-mounted 602bhp 5.2-litre V10 (borrowed from the Huracan) with a trio of electric motors for a total of 897bhp, 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 199mph.
While the car’s powertrain is fully functional, the car isn’t ready for full production – though we could see a limited run with a price slightly higher than that of the Aventador. The most likely application of the tech will be for the firm’s upcoming SUV, due in 2017.
The Asterion, another name for the mythical Minotaur (a man-bull hybrid), is Lamborghini’s response to tightening CO2 legislation, and thanks to an electric-only range of 31 miles, returns claimed fuel economy and emissions of 68.6mpg and 98g/km. This isn’t just a one-off concept either, Lamborghini call it “a model that could be realistically produced today, using technologies currently available.”
Thanks to Jack Rix and autoexpress.co.uk for the news!