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Lamborghini Asterion production version halted

Snapshot: Lamborghini prioritizing Urus project rather than working on the Asterion.

It was October last year when Lamborghini took the wraps off the remarkable Asterion concept, but don’t hold your breath for a production version as the Sant’Agata Bolognese company is focusing on getting everything ready for the Urus SUV. The company’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann says the concept was built for demonstrative purposes only and also to show Lamborghini would have a solution if regulations forced the company to have a model with an electric range of at least 50 km.

Needless to say, it would still be a proper Lamborghini with great performances worthy of the legendary marque, but obviously a production version would be tricky due to the added weight commanded by the electrification. If it will be green-lighted someday, the Asterion is going to be larger than the company’s current models as the electric motor and battery pack would require more space.

We remind you the concept combined a V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine with three electric motors to enable a combined output of 910 bhp. It’s enough for a 0-100 kmph run in 3 seconds and a 320 kmph top speed. In electric mode, the Asterion has a top speed of 125 kmph and can travel for as much as 50 km.

But until we will get to see a production version, the Urus is on the agenda and is scheduled to be launched worldwide in 2018 with a design that will closely mirror the concept. The plan is to make about 3,000 units per year at a yet undisclosed price tag, but that doesn’t really matter as we are sure these will sell like hotcakes.

It will be a very interesting model not just because it will take the shape of an SUV, but also it will likely become Lamborghini’s first turbocharged model ever. We know it’s going to be fine-tuned for on-road performances so don’t expect the Urus to have proper off-road capabilities as the LM002 from the late 80s.

Source: Autocar

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