Ladies and gentlemen, this is the all-new Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept, company’s first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicle that previews a green future. Conceived and developed in-house by Lamborghini, the new Asterion Concept follows the same design philosophy seen on the current lineup, featuring large front air intakes, stylish headlights, large side air intakes and a transparent engine cover.
The rear end gets impressive LED taillights inspired by the Veneno as well as a stylish rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system. The exterior design is completed by the Blue Elektra colour and the 20-inch (front)/21-inch (rear) wheels with carbon fiber components. In order to highlight the Italian heritage, the Asterion Concept gets a lit tricolore flag on the door and a Raging Bull shield embedded in the side.
Open the door and you will see a minimal, yet modern interior that reflects the exterior design. The interior is wrapped in extensive Bianco Celaeno (ivory) and Marrone Attis (brown) leather but also features aluminum and forged carbon fiber as well as titanium, which is visible on the steering wheel. And speaking of the steering wheel, this includes three buttons in order to allow the driver to select the driving modes – Zero (zero emissions/full electric), I for ‘Ibrido’ (hybrid), T for ‘Termico’ (thermal).
The Asterion is based on a monocoque made entirely of carbon fiber and uses a 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine located longitudinally as a mid-engine. The engine is bolted to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that is located behind the engine at the rear transaxle. Meanwhile, a lithium-ion battery is located longways in the central tunnel area, which is normally reserved for the transmission.
The hybrid powertrain of the vehicle includes an electric motor incorporating an integrated starter motor and generator (ISG) placed between the V10 engine and the gearbox, as well as two electric motors at the front axle. Power is delivered to the road via a permanent four-wheel drive system.
Regarding the engine, the V10 delivers 610 hp (449 kW) and 560 Nm of torque just like in the Huracan, while the three electric motors provide a further 300 hp (220 kW). The total output of the hybrid system is 910 hp (669 KW) and this can push the Asterion from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 320 km or 200 mph.
Using just the electric motors, the Asterion offers a top speed of 125 km/h (77 mph) and a range of 50 km (31 miles). Fuel consumption is just 4.12 l/100 km in the combined cycle (NEDC), with CO2 emissions of 98 g/km. Moreover, the hybrid system has a total weight of 250 kg. [source: Lamborghini]