2014 Paris: Lamborghini Asterion Concept looks like a plug-in hybrid modern Miura [Live Photos]

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 2, 2014

It was not a secret that Lamborghini is working on a hybrid supercar, just like its rivals, but the new Asterion Concept is the first concept to show company’s intentions. Asterion Concept carries the same 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine found on the Huracan LP 610-4, which delivers 610 hp (449 kW) and 560 Nm of torque, combined with three electric motors providing a further 300 hp (220 kW).

The total output of the hybrid system is 910 hp (669 kW) and thanks to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that delivers the power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system, the Asterion is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds, while offering a top speed of 320 km/h or 200 mph.

Using just the electric motors, the concept car has a top speed of 125 km/h (77 mph) and a range of 50 km or 31 miles. Thanks to the hybrid system, the Asterion Concept is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in company’s history with a combined 4.12 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 98 g/km.

When it comes to design, the Asterion shows clearly defined lines which separate flat planes from the side and distinguishing between panels. Seen from the side, the vehicle resembles the iconic Miura. In fact, the transparent engine cover looks also inspired by the legendary coupe.

At the rear, the Asterion shows Veneno-inspired LED taillights and stylish tailpipes. The exterior design is completed by the 20-inch (front)/21-inch (rear) wheels featuring carbon components wrapped in high-performance tires.

Inside, we find a three-spoke steering wheel inspired by the one found on the Miura, aluminum and gorged carbon fiber accents, Bianco Celaeno (Ivory) and Marrone Attis (brown) leather. Regarding the name, Asterion represents a mythical Minotaur, part man and part bull, that create an ever powerful archetype. [source: Lamborghini]

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