First Asterion LPI hybrid beast unveiled

First Asterion LPI hybrid beast unveiled

Lamborghini has now launched its first new ‘Asterion LPI 910-4’, that is powered by the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology. The architecture of Asterion...

Lamborghini has now launched its first new ‘Asterion LPI 910-4’, that is powered by the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology. The architecture of Asterion is equipped with an electric motor, integrated starter motor and generator (ISG) between the V10 engine and the double clutch gearbox.

The Blue Elektra glittered Asterion has been designed by Lamborghini Centro Stil. The headlights have been made using forged carbon and titanium. The front air intakes are characterized by an active air cooling system which uses a double layered grid.

A transparent engine cover in the rear is an aesthetic detail linking to the hybrid technology beneath, comprised of three hexagonal glasses that turn according to the engine driving mode: pure electric, hybrid power or pure thermal engine power.

Its steering wheel also include three buttons from which the driver selects his engine driving mode: Zero – for zero emissions/full electric; I for ‘Ibrido’ (hybrid); and T for ‘Termico (thermal) power.

You can switch between two driving modes. While switching to the hybrid mode, the car combines the V10 engine with the three electric motors with a four-wheel drive without being dependent on the battery’s state of charge. On the other hand, switching to its pure electric drive mode, only the two electric motors in the front are used.

The Pirelli tyres have been surrounded by well-defined mudguards embedded within the body of the car. The Asterion’s doors are large, opening outwards and permit easy access to the car’s interior. Creating an ergonomically spacious cabin for the car’s occupants with a comfortable seating position.

The V10 5.2 engine is longitudinally-placed, naturally aspirated mid-engine provides a maximum power output of 449 kW (610 hp) with 560 Nm of maximum torque available. Combined with the three electric motors providing a further 220 kW (300 hp), total hybrid power is achievable to a maximum of 669 kW (910 hp).

With the launch of Asterion LPI 910-4’, Lamborghini aims to reduce the emission of CO2. It offers low CO2 emissions of 98 g/km, along with electric driving range of 50 km. Its fuel consumption is 4,12 l/100 km combined cycle (NEDC). The weight of the hybrid technology is approximately 250 kg. The V10 5.2 liter FSI engine of Lamborghini Asterion is placed longitudinally as a mid-engine, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission sits behind the engine at the rear transaxle.

The sports car is also fuelled with a lithium battery in the central tunnel area, which can protect the battery area in case of lateral crash impact.

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