Unquestionably easy on the eyes, the Lamborghini Asterion Concept is the first true indication that Lamborghini is cooking up a hybrid supercar that will rival the likes of the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918.
In fact, the striking Italian supercar is described as the “first Lamborghini plug-in hybrid technology demonstrator,” one that is powered by a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 610 horsepower V10 5.2-liter natural aspirated engine (borrowed from the Huracan), three electric motors offering an extra 300 horsepower (220 kW), and an energy-efficient battery pack.
A seven-speed DSG channels the combined output of 910 horsepower to all four wheels, allowing the Asterion to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a neck-breaking 3 seconds before capping out at a 320 km/h (199 mph) top speed
Despite those performance figures, the car can travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on a full charge at speeds of up to 125 km/h (78 mph) when running exclusively on electric power. In hybrid mode, it delivers combined fuel consumption of 4.2 liters / 100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 98 g/km.
Visually, the Lamborghini Asterion looks more like a GT car than an actual supercar, though it clearly borrows many design cues from the Huracan. It is taller and softer around the edges than we typically expect from Lamborghinis, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Other notable design highlights include a body painted in a Blue Elektra glittered color and 20-inch front / 21-inch rear carbon fiber wheels shod in Pirelli tires.
The clean and uncluttered interior is geared towards the driver, featuring sport seats that are positioned higher off the ground than those in “traditional” Lamborghini models — yet another indication that the Asterion is a GT car.
While the Lamborghini Asterion would look good in any man’s garage, the plug-in hybrid supercar won’t be produced, mainly because it’s too much of a GT car to truly challenge the aforementioned LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. However, a modified version of its powertrain will likely be used by a proper Lamborghini hybrid supercar down the road.
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