The upcoming rival for the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the Lamborghini Asterion, has been officially presented to the public, in a concept form, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The much anticipated Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid Concept has finally made its public debut as the company has officially pulled the wraps off its body during the French automotive event, in a world premiere. The hybrid supercar is adopting a sharp angular design and it is quite different compared to the Huracan or the Aventador in both looks and performance.
The Lamborghini Asterion name is coming from the mythical Minotaur hybrid figure from Greek mythology which was half man and half bull, a great name for a hybrid vehicle. As far as the “LP” moniker, this is coming from “longitudinal posterior” and the “I” applied means “Ibrido”, or “hybrid” in Italian. It also has the “4” in its name, suggesting a four-wheel drive hybrid system and the “910” which represents its horsepower.
The Italian based automaker has adopted the 5.2 liter V10 naturally aspirated engine under the hood if the Asterion, the same one from the Huracan supercar, which is rated at 610 HP (449 kW), backed up by three electric motors, producing an extra 300 HP (220 kW). The total output produced stands at a whopping 910 HP (669 kW) which makes it a true competitor for the above mentioned supercars. The unit is connected to a DSG transmission.
Besides the impressive looks and impressive powertrain, the Lamborghini Asterion also has an impressive performance. The company says that the one-off concept car is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3 seconds and it is capable of reaching a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph). When relying on electric power, it can reach 125 km/h (78 mph) and it can travel for up to 50 km (31 miles).
The one-off hybrid supercar is burning just 4.2 liters of fuel every 100 km (67.2 mpg UK / 56 mpg US) in an average cycle and it is emitting 98 g/km of CO2. Lamborghini hasn’t announced its plans to put the Asterion into full production for the moment but the model will definitely hit the assembly line in the nearby future. More details on it are limited for the moment.