Lamborghini Unveils Latest Model: The Asterion

Today, at the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini rolled out their latest creation: the Asterion LPI 910-4.

lambo3Not surprisingly, this car has all of the power and luxury that we’ve come to expect from the world’s most famous high-end vehicle, delivering over 900 horsepower and a 0-62 time of 3 seconds flat. Oh yeah, and it has a vicious top speed of 199 miles per hour.

But there are also more than a few surprises that have come, too.

Lamborghini Goes Hybrid!?!?!?!?!

The first big surprise coming from the Asterion (which by the way is the name of the legendary half bull, half man hybrid) is that it is the first-ever Lamborghini to be a plug-in hybrid.

“Things are changing. People are more aware, more sensitive,” said Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann in an interview with Top Gear. “Many of our customers are entrepreneurs. These people don’t just have passions, they have sharp minds and they know what is going on in the world.”

Some people may have concerns about Lamborghini switching to a hybrid mode, but they shouldn’t. In fact, a hybrid engine can help to deliver an even more comprehensive package of power.

Alex Davies of Wired says, “There’s none of the range anxiety that accompanies purely battery-powered cars, and electric motors are a great way to make powerful cars even more juiced up, especially when you factor in their instant torque, which translates into instant acceleration.”

How does the new Lambo accomplish, though.

lambo5Well, the Asterion features the Lamborghini standard 5.2-liter V10 engine, which cranks out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Ratcheting it up to another level, though, the Asterion adds 3 more electric motors: one for each front wheel and the other located between the engine and the gear box.

Those electric motors add another 300 big ones to the horsepower, bring the vehicle up to an amazing 910 horsepower in total.

Of course, power is not the only thing that this new re-designed Lambo has in its back pocket. It also has improved its fuel efficiency to unbelievable new heights. According to Lamborghini, the Asterion can operate at a 57 miles per gallon rate, which is WAY up from the Lamborghini Huracan that operated at 16 miles per gallon!

New Body Design

The other huuuuuuge development that comes with the Asterion is its break from the body design seen in Lamborghini’s from recent decades (which truthfully was getting pretty stale and predictable). Instead, the Lamborghini went back in history for their re-design.

lamboUndeniably, the new Asterion is a direct descendent of the 1970 Lamborghini Miura Jota. We can see this in the overall body shape, as well as the smoother more rounded features.

Of course, design boss Felippo Perini isn’t looking to split any credit, but he doesn’t rule out the Jota inspiration. He says, “Historically, Lamborghinis don’t have a face. There are no obvious influences, so I prefer to talk about it more in terms of flavor. Otherwise, it could end up being retro. What I can say is that the design language is completely different to the Aventador’s and Huracan’s.”

So, what does everyone think about the new Lamborghini? Is it a keeper? Is the company heading a better direction? Let us know what you think?

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