That’s the word out of Europe, with Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann saying a 2018 debut for the Urus was preferable to a joint Asterion and Urus program that would see the latter model delayed.
Winkelmann was previously noted as saying the Asterion would only be built if a cashed-up customer ordered it as a one-off, and even then it wouldn’t be powered by the 679kW petrol-electric hybrid setup that featured at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
This week, the Lamborghini CEO maintained his stance that the carmaker was not one to embrace plug-in hybrid technology - at least not yet.
“[Asterion] was built to show what we would do if the regulations forced us to have 30 miles (48km) of electric range as well as high-speed performance,” Winkelmann said, speaking with Autocar.
“Because of the weight of the batteries, we also took the opportunity to make the car bigger and roomier. We wanted to see customer reactions.”
“They told us that they were open to innovation, including hybrid technology, but only if it came with the benefit of added performance. A Lamborghini super-sports car is driven maybe 3000 miles (4800km) a year, not every day, so the electrification has to offer an added intensity to justify its inclusion.”
Lamborghini’s Maurizio Reggiani added that a hybrid setup with “a high number of cylinders” was preferable to a smaller engine with a turbocharger, and that an all-electric or hybrid version of the Aventador is not on the radar anytime soon.
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