The Asterion plug-in hybrid concept that Lamborghini unveiled at the at the Paris Auto Show in October 2014 could spell another design direction for the supercar maker. According to the carmaker’s design chief Filippo Perini, he and his team wanted to create a look that veers away from the angular and aggressive designs of recent Lamborghini models but borrows less extreme features from past Lambos like the Miura.
One key reason for the shift in design was that the Asterion rides differently from current models as it was underpinned by another platform. Perini said that in most Lambos, occupants have the sensation of being pushed by the car's power, adding that in the Asterion, one could feel being pulled.
He remarked that because of this sensation, the Asterion needed a “new dress, a dress that is much more classic, much more GT” and inspired by the Miura. He noted that that Lamborghini started as a maker of Grand Turismo-style cars like the 350GT.
"We were taking inspiration from our heritage" in the Asterion, says Perini. The Asterion’s design features include headlights with high-tech materials like titanium, forged carbon fiber and aluminum; exposed screws and hexagonal shapes.
This shape treatment can also be seen in the composite engine cover, exhaust tips, front grilles and side air intakes. Perini said the rear of the Asterion is close to the “Miura feeling.” [source: automotive news - sub. required]