Today, Lamborghini confirmed that it has no intention of sitting this one out, revealing its own new hypercar, the 679kW Asterion LPI 910-4 hybrid.
It’s a beautiful thing, but more, it’s an unusually traditional design for the famously future-focused Lamborghini.
Earlier this week, a set of convincing magazine scans hinted at a modernised retro look, but even those images - which might have been an earlier prototype - fell short of the classic lines shown here.
It’s fair to say that in seeking inspiration for the Asterion, Lamborghini’s design team has looked to models like the legendary Miura.
Revealed in the years before the company embraced the sharper lines that would eventually lead to the wild Countach, the Miura rightly holds a place in the pantheon of Italy’s finest offerings.
For now, the Asterion LPI 910-4 is strictly a “technology demonstrator”, but it is clear that Lamborghini is not yet ready to consign the flowing style of its earliest offerings to the history books.
Powering this concept is a 454kW 5.2 litre V10, matched to a trio of electric motors producing 224kW between them.
All together, Lamborghini claims a combined output of 679kW (910hp).
Those figures far outstrip the 515kW of Lamborghini’s current hero car, the Aventador - and it also puts to shame the 575kW output of its stablemate the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Ferrari’s ultra-exclusive LaFerrari is more powerful however, with 708kW produced by its petrol-electric hybrid system, while fellow hybrid the McLaren P1 falls just shy of the Asterion’s output with a still heroic 673kW.
The Asterion boasts a mindblowing 0-100km/h time of 3.0 seconds, versus “less than 3.0 seconds” for both the LaFerrari and the P1.
Interestingly, it’s the least powerful of the hybrid super-set that is most willing to confirm a specific sub-three time: 2.6 seconds for Porsche’s 918.
Top speed for the Asterion is listed at 320km/h.
The Asterion’s hybrid powerplant sees the big V10 mounted mid-ship, with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto and a lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the central tunnel.
This is all mated to three electric motors: one mounted at each front wheel, with the third sandwiched between the engine and transmission.
With this design, Lamborghini says the Asterion can drive in standard hybrid mode or in all-electric mode.
Fuel consumption, as if such things matter (there’s bound to be a few greenies among the supercar-buying community, right..? - Ed), is listed at just 4.12 l/100km.
CO2 emissions are even more impressive, at 98g/km. That’s better than most small passenger cars.
“To significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment…plug-in electrification is the best option for us, because for Lamborghini such a car must still provide a truly emotional driving experience,” CEO Stephan Winkelmann said today.
Oh, and that string of letters and numbers that looks like it belongs on the hypercoupe’s licence plate?
As with Lamborghini’s familiar standard across its wider range, that code stands for ‘Longitudinale Posteriore Ibrido’ (longitudinal rear-mid-engine hybrid), ‘910 horsepower’, ‘four-wheel-drive’.
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