Remember, we reported a few days back about the Lamborghini teasing the automobile fraternity with an image with only the outline of a vehicle, stating to join them on 2nd October for the launch? Well the car was unveiled today as promised, but left many petrol-heads with disappointment as the car is a hybrid (meaning less powerful) and the looks are not that great either (come on, look at the Hurracan).
Well, this is the maiden offering from the Lamborghini in the hybrid segment and is basically a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology demonstrator car. The car is christened as the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 and was unveiled today at the 2014 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile. The name is a complex combination of words wherein the LP stands for ‘longitudinale posteriore’, for the engine position, I stand for ‘ibrido’ meaning Hybrod in Italian, 910 for the system power and 4 for the permanent 4WD system – henceforth completing the name Asterion LPI910-4.
The car will be powered by a longitudinally placed V10 5.2 litre, naturally aspirated mid-engine which provides a maximum power of 610 HP and a 560 Nm of maximum torque (yes, we know the power is 910 HP). Three three electric motors are combined with the V10 engine to provide further 300 HP, to make the total hybrid power achievable of 910 HP. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.0 seconds (we take our earlier words back regarding disappointment). With a top speed of 320 km/h, the Asterion LPI 910-4 can reach up to 125 km/h under pure electric power.
The car promises to give a range of 50km in city driving while the Asterion is in the pure electric mode, thanks to its low weight chassis. Based on a monocoque made entirely of carbon fibre, the power is transmitted through a 7-speed clutch located behind the engine at the rear trans-axle. The lithium battery is placed in the central tunnel area, normally reserved for the transmission. This allows for better balance of the car and also protects the battery area in case of lateral crash impact.
Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini said, “Lamborghini is always looking ahead, investing in new technologies and setting new benchmarks, delivering the unexpected. Lamborghini continues to focus on weight reduction as a means to reducing CO2, for example through the investment in carbon fiber engineering, which also contributes to our quest for the best super sports car handling and performance." Further adding to his statement, he said "In the Asterion this is guaranteed through a naturally aspirated engine that is combined with PHEV technology, which not only offers exceptionally low CO2 emissions of 98 g/km, but a practical pure electric driving range of 50 km. The Asterion LPI 910-4 is a true Lamborghini: emotional, with a stunning design, powerful, yet conceived more for comfortable luxury daily cruising than for ultimate track performance.”
The Asterion is being launched keeping in mind the increasing CO2 levels. A conceptual car housing a plug-in hybrid power-train, Asterion is designed to fulfill the Lamborghini's objective of providing a solution that significantly reduces the CO2 emissions through by guaranteeing the unique Lamborghini driving feel with a smooth drive added with superior power, including an exceptional pure electric range.