By Nick Miles
Just recently at the Paris Motor show, one of the most anticipated hybrid luxury cars of the year was finally revealed: the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 concept car.
The iconic Italian car maker displayed an electric blue Asterion in the City of Lights, and from the first second, the car has been the subject of admiration and media attention. Unsurprisingly, Lamborghini chief Stephan Winkelmann says he is proud to have brought the first ever plug-in gas-electric hybrid in Lamborghini’s history to the public.
Sure, you may have to take out a major loan to buy one of these babies, but it’s worth it: the low slung sportster features brown and ivory leather, forged carbon and titanium interiors, and compared to other Lamborghinis, there’s actually plenty of space for storage in this luxurious cabin.
It’s powered by a V10 5.2 l longitudinally-placed, naturally aspirated mid-engine, giving a maximum power output 610-horsepower with 413 lb-ft of torque. Combined with the three electric motors
providing a further 300 horsepower, total hybrid power is achievable to a maximum of 910 horsepower. The combined action of the two systems ensures an exceptional dynamic impulse: acceleration of 0-60 mph takes place in 3.0 seconds. With a top hybrid/combined speed of 199 mph, the Asterion LPI 910-4 also reaches up to 78 mph under pure electric power, and has a very decent pure electric range of 31 miles.
The Asterion’s steering wheel includes three buttons from which the driver selects his engine driving mode: Zero – for zero emissions/full electric; I for “Ibrido” (hybrid); and T for “Termico” (thermal) power.
Finally, a portable tablet allows the car’s occupants to manage climate control and other functions including GPS and in-car infotainment.
The Asterion may be a unique, sporty blue, but this car is as green as luxury race cars come.