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2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept

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  • Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V10
  • Transmission:
    Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    897
  • Torque @ RPM:
    650 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    5.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    198 mph
  • Price:
    1000000
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All of the big names in the performance category are jumping into the hybrid supercar ring. The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 have been dominating headlines with their prodigious performance, but now there is one more contender jumping into the game. Lamborghini has just unveiled a hybrid supercar called the Asterion. It is a plug-in hybrid, more similar to the Porsche 918 than the machines from McLaren and Ferrari. The system uses a trio of electric motors along with a gasoline-powered, V-10 engine to create a monumental 897 horsepower. The results are a zero to 60 time that hovers around 3 seconds, a top speed of around 200 mph, and it will travel for more than 30 miles on pure electric power alone.

The only thing about the Asterion that isn’t amazing seems to be the looks. The design is a bit questionable in these first photos, but we expect it will be like the Porsche Panamera; prettier in person than in print. For now, just jump past that break and you can read all about this crazy new machine, and see lots more photos to boot. Now get moving!

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Lamborghini Asterion Put On Hold; The SUV Moving Forward

Lamborghini Asterion Put On Hold; The SUV Moving Forward

The chances of seeing a production version of Lamborghini’s 2015 Lamborghini LPI 910-4 Asterion concept car are less than great now that the company is moving forward with production of the 2018 Lamborghini Urus SUV.

Lamborghini is in the process of doubling the size of its factory in Sant’Agata, Italy and hiring 500 new employees to accommodate Urus production. The aim is to build 3,000 annually, which would double Lamborghini’s current output. Given the massive investment, the bandwidth to produce the Asterion simply isn’t there, and Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann now says production in unlikely.

"It was built to show what we would do if the regulations forced us to have 30 miles of electric range as well as high-speed performance,” Winkelmann recently told Autocar. “Because of the weight of the batteries, we also took the opportunity to make the car bigger and roomier. We wanted to see customer reactions.”

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Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Presented At Villa d'Este: Video

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Presented At Villa d’Este: Video

It would be wrong to describe the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este as a classic car show. It is in a whole other league of classic car event, along with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, though the Villa d’Este event is much older, and the model on which the Pebble Beach event was built. These events have become so popular that big that manufacturers now bring concepts, the same as they do for big international auto shows. Sometimes these are new concepts, but usually they’re cars that have been shown before, brought to give the mega-rich attendees of the event a closer look.

This year, Lamborghini brought the Asterion plug-in hybrid hypercar concept that was unveiled toward the end of last year. The video will give us a much better look at it, and we’ll hear the 5.2-liter V-10 (admittedly not a new engine) being fired up. We get some good looks at the details as well, although the somewhat questionable looks of the car are still very much present. But the car does look very much at home on the hotel grounds, which is surely why Lamborghini chose to bring it.

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Lamborghini Asterion Could Make it to Production After All

Lamborghini Asterion Could Make it to Production After All

While past reports have suggested that Lamborghini isn’t going anywhere near hybrid technology in the foreseeable future, it appears that the Italian automaker is slowly warming up to the idea. That sentiment was shared to Autocar by Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s head of research and development, during a recent conversation regarding the status of the 2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept. According to Reggiani, the Asterion could still have a production future, even though he stopped short of fully confirming this admittedly awesome new development.

The Asterion was initially described as a “technology demonstrator” by Lamborghini, combining elements of Lambo tradition like a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine with new hybrid technology. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann also had some resistance on building a production version of the Asterion, but with the recent demand attached to the P1, the 918 Spyder, and the Ferrari LaFerrari, Lamborghini now knows that there’s a pretty healthy market for these high-priced exotics. The Asterion, with its projected price tag, would certainly fit in as the cheapest alternative yet still boast the performance cache Lamborghini is famous for.

For now, Lamborghini is still trying to come up with a game plan for what kind of package the Asterion would have should it hit production. Reggiani told Autocar that the hybrid supercar could retain the concept’s features, including using the carbon-fiber monocoque chassis of the Lamborghini Aventador and combine it with a new upper half that would make the A-pillars more upright, thus improving visibility and making it easier to access the cabin.

The automaker is also in the middle of trying to determine the kind of hybrid mix it would want to have in the event a production version of the Asterion needs it in the future. The company is also discussing the potential cost of the car and how it can be packaged to make it lighter and still more affordable than its counterparts.

If Lamborghini does decide to give the go-ahead and build a production version of the Asterion, the Italian automaker plans to aim it directly at the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder, albeit packaged more as a “luxury daily cruiser” instead of an ultimate track monster. The Asterion’s projected price tag of £350,000, which is about $547,842 as of 12/16/2014, makes it significantly cheaper than the $845,000 price tag of the 918 Spyder and the $1.15 million sticker attached to the P1.

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Lamborghini Asterion Won't Make It To Production

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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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 031 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 031 LIVE

We hope everyone enjoyed the party. We know it was kind of a long show, but with all the great questions, and of course all the huge news from Paris, we had plenty to talk about. As always, we want to send a huge thanks to everyone who listened live, and to everyone who gave us questions after last week’s show.

This week starts with a small sidetrack to look at some technology that will make sure that we have even higher quality video content in the future, but right after that we jump into the good stuff. For Weekly Wheels, Justin was in the Honda Odyssey, I was in the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and Mark was bombing around in TWO off-road monsters; the Jeep Wrangler and the 4-Runner TRD Pro.

For the news section we start off with a bang by talking about the Chevy Z06 and Challenger Hellcat’s insane sub three-second zero to 60 sprints. After that I touch on how awesome the new GoPro Hero 4 is, and then Mark tells us about his recent experience driving the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. From there we jump straight into the Paris Motor Show. With the 900 horsepower Lamborghini Asterion, Ducati powered Volkswagen XL Sport, and Nissan Pulsar Nismo, there was plenty to talk about. We also touch on the Audi TT Sportback, the Infiniti Q80 and even take a quick look at the future of Audi with a potential R10 supercar.

Our Questions and Answers segment was jam packed as we covered safety regulations and the shuttering of car brands, the MT Best Driver’s Car competition, future Mazdaspeed models and we even talk about our picks for best and worse safety technology.

We finish the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a look at three of the most exciting cars to arrive in decades; the Jaguar F-Type Coupe R, Mercedes-AMG GT, and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It was a good time.

Don’t forget to leave us your questions and suggestions for Own, Drive, Burn in the comments below. We look forward to seeing you next week. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept

2015 Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept

All of the big names in the performance category are jumping into the hybrid supercar ring. The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 have been dominating headlines with their prodigious performance, but now there is one more contender jumping into the game. Lamborghini has just unveiled a hybrid supercar called the Asterion. It is a plug-in hybrid, more similar to the Porsche 918 than the machines from McLaren and Ferrari. The system uses a trio of electric motors along with a gasoline-powered, V-10 engine to create a monumental 897 horsepower. The results are a zero to 60 time that hovers around 3 seconds, a top speed of around 200 mph, and it will travel for more than 30 miles on pure electric power alone.

The only thing about the Asterion that isn’t amazing seems to be the looks. The design is a bit questionable in these first photos, but we expect it will be like the Porsche Panamera; prettier in person than in print. For now, just jump past that break and you can read all about this crazy new machine, and see lots more photos to boot. Now get moving!

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Is This the Lamborghini Asterion?

Is This the Lamborghini Asterion?

Lamborghini took us by surprise ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show by teasing a brand-new supercar. "Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it," is the message released alongside a very simple sketch, one that invited our imagination to go wild. Is Lamborghini preparing a four-seat supercar, a four-door super sedan, or a hybrid drivetrain? Well, we can’t be sure about any of these scenarios, but our educated guess is the new bull, allegedly dubbed Asterion, is a four-seat hybrid looking to give the Ferrari FF a run for its money.

Its styling is also a mystery, although the sketch suggests it will adopt Lamborghini’s current design language. We have a hunch we’ll be bringing you a couple of leaked photos of the Asterion before the Paris Motor Show commences on October 2nd, but until that happens we dropped by to show you a couple of grainy images depicting a never-before-seen Lambo that just surface the Interwebz. There’s no actual proof that this is the mysterious Asterion, but there’s a big chance this is our first look at the new supercar.

The side windows seems to match the shape we saw in the sketch, while the rear fender intake looks nearly identical. We say "nearly" because the vent is placed slightly rearward in the sketch, but if there’s one thing we know about sketches, is that they’re not necessarily intended to accurately match the shape of the actual car. Could these photos show the modern-day Espada we’ll be seeing in Paris? Leave your opinions in the comments box below.

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Lamborghini's Paris Supercar Could be Called "Asterión"

Lamborghini’s Paris Supercar Could be Called "Asterión"

We already know Lamborghini is bringing a brand-new supercar to the 2014 Paris Motor Show, but there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the company’s new bull. Our best guess is Lambo has come up with a 2+2 coupe to toss in the general direction of the Ferrari FF, but all the important details are still under wraps. However, we expected for more info to surface as the French event draws near, and it seems it didn’t take too long for the first rumors to hit the Interwebz. Unfortunately, there are no powertrain details or leaked photos, but word has it the upcoming Lamborghini could be called Asterion.

That’s the word from Autoblog.nl, which states Lamborghini has filed a trademark for the "Asterion" logo. Is this the name the Italians are using for the new 2+2, mid-engine supercar? It’s very likely, as Lamborghini already owns the trademark for the Asterion name, which it filed alongside the Encaste moniker recently. Autoblog.nl also reports the yet unconfirmed Asterion could use a hybrid drivetrain, with an electric motor to spin the front wheels.

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