The Raging Bull has calmed down a bit, if the Lamborghini Asterion plug-in hybrid, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, is anything to go by.
Well, kind of. The Asterion is a big GT with a plug-in hybrid, but it has been done the Lamborghini way.
The styling, for instance, is fairly muted, but it is still recognisably a Lamborghini. Underneath is a carbonfibre monocoque, based on the Aventador’s skeleton, but with a longer wheelbase and new roof structure.
Then there’s the powertrain. The Asterion LPI 910-4, to give its full name, uses the same 607bhp 5.2-litre V10 engine found in the Huracan. An electric motor, incorporating the starter motor and generator, is bolted to the transaxle. Another pair of electric motors powers the front axle. Together they generate around 300bhp.
So this grand touring hybrid produces a thumping 907bhp. That translates to a 0-62mph time around the three second mark and a top speed of over 185mph.
The front axle motors provide four-wheel-drive and torque vectoring. In electric-only mode, just the front wheels are driven. On battery power alone, the Asterion has a range of about 30 miles – fantastic for cruising around Knightsbridge.
Lamborghini claims Co2 emissions of 98g/km and combined fuel consumption of 282mpg. Of course, it’ll never actually do that, but it helps with the tax man.
With no mechanical connection between the front and rear axles, the batteries live in the central tunnel that usually houses the propshaft. All the extra hybrid gubbins adds over 250kg to the Asterion’s weight, but the gains are off-set by the carbon-intensive construction.
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, said: “Lamborghini is always looking ahead, investing in new technologies and setting new benchmarks, delivering the unexpected.”
Lamborghini is calling the Asterion a “technology demonstrater,” adding it represents “a model that could be realistically produced today, using technologies currently available and drawing on Lamborghini’s own expertise.”
As the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 show, hypercars will inevitably have to switch to hybrid power systems to meet emissions legislation. Lamborghini will have to follow suit at some point, but there could be a place for the Asterion in the here and now.
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