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Hybrid just got sexy as Lamborghini revealed a monstrous 910 horsepower speedy hybrid Asterion super car at the Paris Motor Show. The official designation by the raging bull car builder is Asterion LPI-910-4.
This marks the famed Italian super car makers foray into a green, environmentally friendly realm of hybrid automobiles. Stephen Winkelmann, Lamborghini chief executive, stated that super cars, transitioning to electric hybrids is inevitable. Already the rage, Porsche, McLaren and fellow Italian Ferrari have already embraced the green technology for some of their super car offerings.
Some of the technology that developed into the new Lamborghini was developed in prototype hybrid power train racers over the last ten years at the famed endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The hybrid Italian sports three electric motors and a V10 5.2-liter engine puts the output of the monster of a car at 910 horsepower. This power, combined with the design of the car propels the Lamborghini from 0 to 62 miles per hour in an estimated three seconds and to a top speed of 199 mph. In full electric, silent mode the Asterion can travel up to 31 miles and up to 78 mph.
While the electric mode may wow people at the silence, mashing the accelerator opens up the naturally aspired engine borrowed from the Lamborghini Huracán, the Asterion will rocket down the road like a proper super car, putting, the full horsepower of the car to the asphalt through the all wheel drive system and a seven speed gearbox.
When the plug-in hybrid silently rolled in, it pulled off the shock of the motor show. The design was the Italian carmaker’s answer to more restrictive CO2 legislation. The car, with the assistance of the 31 mile range from the electric only mode, puts out emissions of 98g/km while providing owners a respectable 68.6 miles to the gallon.
The speedy hybrid was anticipated to speed into the Paris Motor Show by Lamborghini just days prior to the show, however the teaser the car maker sent out hinted that the car was a four seater, marking a departure from the current two seat offerings from the company. However, when the car rolled silently into the show, it was a two-seater concept car..
If it was a four-seater, it would not have been the first time the Italian super car maker would have presented a 2+2 sports car. During the mid-1970’s, the Marcello Gandini designed Urraco that hit the streets. The Urraco was a unique car for the time, however, Lamborghini focused on two seat super cars as opposed to country rival Ferrari who added a number of 2+2 cars to the road over the year.
This Lamborghini may not be considered for production at all. The raging bull car maker is using the Asterion as a demonstrator for the new hybrid technology. Recent concept cars Egoista and Sesto Elemento are much more raw than the Asterion, which could translate into a potential production run of the speedy Hybrid for Lamborghini after a successful showing at the Paris Motor Show.
By Carl Auer