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Asterion LPI 910-4

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4

SUPERCAR HYBRID TECHNOLOGY

Asterion LPI 910-4

door of lamborghini asterion

Lamborghini enthusiasts know the ‘LP’ in the model name stands for ‘longitudinale posteriore’, in reference to the engine’s position in the chassis. But unlike Aventador or Huracán, there’s an extra ‘I’ in the Asterion’s model number. This means ‘ibrido’ (hybrid) and shows that Sant’Agata is now thinking seriously about alternative power sources. Even better, the 910 stands for the 910hp of the combined electric and internal combustion drivetrain. Top line figures are 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds, a 50km zero emission range and CO2 emissions of 98 g/km. The future’s looking bright.

Lamborghini describes the Asterion as a ‘hyper cruiser’; despite its massive 910hp combined power output, this is not a car to rival the Aventador on track. Although unmistakably Lamborghini, its lines are more elegant and restrained than those of the super sports models. Lamborghini Centro Stile has taken the opportunity to expore a new design language, with sensual curves, smooth transitions from panel to panel and few sharp edges. The front is produced as a single piece, with a distinctive four-light ‘eyebrow’ face and a double-layer active cooling system in the front grilles. At the rear, the 5.2-litre V10 engine is displayed beneath a transparent cover with three hexagonal panels – one each for pure electric, hybrid mode and naturally-aspirated power.

Like the exterior, the interior is elegant and classic without straying into retro. The two seats are positioned higher than in a Lamborghini super sports car, making it better suited for everyday roads than for track-day heroics. The show car’s two-tone ivory and brown leather gives an opulent feel, while other cockpit materials include forged carbon-fibre and aluminium. The three-spoke steering wheel is based on the iconic Miura’s – but unlike the ‘60s supercar, this one features buttons for zero emission, hybrid and combustion engine modes.

Lamborghini’s approach to supercar performance with a clear conscience combines the beneficial effects of light weight with hybrid power. The monocoque is made entirely of carbon-fibre and there’s a mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine behind the driver capable of 610hp. To make room for the hybrid hardware, the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is mounted at the rear of the engine, sandwiching an integrated starter motor and generator. The central transmission tunnel, where the transmission would normally go, now houses a powerful lithium battery, the ideal location for weight distribution and accident protection. Two additional electric motors power the two front wheels, so in electric-only zero-emissions mode, this is a front drive Lamborghini. Once the V10 is called into action, all-wheel drive is restored with a combined 910hp for performance that should be shattering.

SThe Asterion takes its name from a mythical ‘fighting bull’ – the Minotaur of Greek legend. Unlike the Minotaur, this fighting bull is a technology demonstrator that nonetheless could realistically be produced today. All the tech is available – the question is, will Sant’Agata give it the green light?

inside of lamborghini asterion

Engine

5.2 Litres

Top Speed

199+ MPH

0-60 MPH

TBC Seconds

  • Engine Size 5200 cc
  • Kerb Weight TBC
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