Lamborghini Asterion Won’t Make It To Production
Lamborghini dropped the hammer at the 2014 Paris Motor Show when it unveiled the Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept; Lambo’s answer to the growing hybrid supercar arms race. But would the Italian company actually build it? Unfortunately, the answer is no. That’s what Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Maxim recently and if there’s one person who we have to believe in this case, it’s the guy calling the shots for Lamborghini.
Winkelmann doesn’t believe in using hybrid technology on a Lamborghini, so the Asterion will remain nothing more than a concept vehicle, much to our chagrin.
But just because the Asterion itself isn’t headed to production anytime soon, it doesn’t mean Lamborghini’s wasting any of the elements it used to build it. Winkelmann even suggested that we could see some of the technology used on the Asterion on future Lambo production models, namely the Urus SUV.
He’s also not closing the door on the Asterion being developed as a one-off production model, you can buy anything if you have enough money, after all, just don’t expect it to be a hybrid. As Winkelmann said, hybrid technology is something that “Lamborghini is not all about”.
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Why It Matters
You have to appreciate Winkelmann’s convinction against hybrid technology, not because it’s the prudent thing to do, but because he’s willing to bury his feet into the sand to make his point clear.
That said, Winkelmann is not the highest power in the land. As a subsidiarity of the Volkswagen group, the word may come from higher up that he needs to change his tune regarding electrification.
I’m not getting my hopes up that the current Lamborghini CEO will allow a hybrid as long as he’s at the helm, but once he retires, or whatever the case may be, then it’s open season for Lamborghini to enter the hybrid supercar market.
The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, giving everyone the answer to whether Lamborghini could build a hybrid supercar to rival the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918 Spyder.
That’s as far as it goes for the Asterion because Lamborghini isn’t building a production model anytime soon. Still, it’s hard not to appreciate the work put into the hybrid supercar.
Its looks is a big departure from what we’re used to seeing from Lamborghini. It lacks the usual aggression, flair and flamboyancy we are used to; especially for a company that once gifted us with the mind-numbing Veneno supercar.
But the Asterion’s looks are just one piece of is puzzle. We can’t forget about its hybrid drivetrain, which features a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces just under 600 horsepower, and two electric motors that bring the total up to 897 horsepower (that’s 910 metric horsepower, in case you’re wondering what the ’910’ in its nomenclature stands for).
The hybrid setup is similar to the one being used by the Porsche 918 Spyder, which shouldn’t come as a surprise because both are brands under the Volkswagen Group. The Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept is reportedly capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and it will keep going to a top speed of over 202 mph.