Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept front 3/4 view

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept is a Green Grand Tourer

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept front 3/4 view

Over the course of its 51 years in the car business, Lamborghini has built many different models: Front-engine grand tourers, mid-engine supercars, coachbuilt limited edition hypercars, and even an SUV. However, not a single one of those rides has been a hybrid, but that could change in the near future. What prompts us to make that forecast? That would be this bold blue machine, the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept.

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept rear 3/4 view

Although it features a carbon fiber chassis, a two-seat cockpit and the Huracan’s 5.2L V10 mounted behind that cockpit, it seems Lamborghini is positioning this concept car as more of a sensible, weekday-friendly grand tourer. Much of that level-headedness stems from the trio of electric motors that team up with the V10. The motors (Two powering the front wheels, the other helping the V10 turn the rears through a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission.) have a combined output of 300 metric horsepower which, when added to the gas-burner’s 610 metric horsepower, yields 910 metric horsepower, which works out to 897 horsepower on the American SAE scale.

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept interior view

All that power is enough, says Lamborghini, to launch the Asterion (which is the proper name of the Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull mashup of ancient Greek mythology. Neatly takes care of both the company’s bull-naming tradition and the car’s hybrid nature, huh?) to 62 mph in three seconds flat, and on to a 199 mph top speed. If you choose to run the Astrerion on just electric power (which you can do after plugging the car in to give the lithium-ion battery pack a full charge), the two front motors can tug you 31 miles at a maximum speed of 78 mph. Considering rivals Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche are all building hybrid hypercars, we reckon it’s only a matter of time before Lamborghini offers a gas-electric model for public consumption. Until that happens, we’ll have to be content ogling this baby.

Source: Lamborghini