Lamborghini has unveiled its first ever plug-in hybrid, the Asterion LPI 910-4, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Described by the Italian supercar manufacturer as a “hyper cruiser”, the technology demonstrator incorporates a plug-in hybrid powertrain that Lamborghini says has been designed entirely in-house.
The drivetrain is based around the company’s naturally aspirated V10 5.2-litre petrol engine, which on its own provides a power output of 602 bhp and 413 lb ft of torque. Combined with three electric motors providing a further 296 bhp, total hybrid power is able to reach a maximum of 898 bhp.
The engine, located longitudinally as a mid-engine, is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission located at the rear transaxle. The housing of the lithium battery is placed longways in the central tunnel area, normally reserved for the transmission.
In hybrid mode, Lamborghini says the car accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of 199 mph. The Asterion is also claimed to offer a range of up to 31 miles at speeds of up to 78 mph when in pure electric mode. Combined fuel economy is a claimed 67 mpg.
Designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile, the Asterion also gives hints at the styling of future models, including the production version of the Urus SUV.