Don't panic! There's still a V10.
This is definitely a first for Lamborghini. Already previewed with various teaser images, the Italian automaker has officially unveiled the Asterion LPI 910-4 at the Paris Motor Show. Although it’s a concept, the Asterion features a plug-in hybrid setup combined with a conventional gasoline engine. But is this a true Lamborghini? The carmaker says so, claiming the Asterion is "emotional, with a stunning design, powerful yet conceived more for comfortable luxury daily cruising than for ultimate track performance."
Based on a monocoque made entirely of carbon fiber, the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 is located at mid ship and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox located behind the engine. The V10 alone produces 610 horsepower, but here’s where things get interesting: an electric motor incorporating an integrated starter motor and generator (ISG) is located between the V10 and the gearbox, and two electric motors at the front axle are fed by the ISG power with a torque vectoring function. Translation: the Asterion has two different driving modes. However, the three electric motors produce an additional 300 hp, for a grand total of 910 hp. 0-62 mph happens in 3.0 seconds and a top hybrid/combined speed of 199 mph.
In pure electric mode top speed is 77 mph. Hybrid mode has permanent four-wheel drive without being dependent on the battery’s charge state. In pure electric drive mode only the two electric motors in front are used. Yep, a front-wheel-drive Lambo (at least part of the time). The lithium-ion battery is placed longways in the central tunnel area, typically where the gearbox would go. Design wise, the Asterion is a true Lamborghini inside and out. It has clearly defined lines. The front end is actually a single component, while the rear end looks like it was taken, more or less, straight from the Huracan. So, will the Asterion reach production? Lamborghini claims it’s a one-off, but its PHEV technology likely wasn’t developed only for this.