In recent years, the luxury car market has seen a series of new labels dedicated to the production of electric supercars, like Rimac Automobili or Tesla Motors. As a response and vying to meet the demands of a market committed to protecting the environment, traditional manufacturers of European vehicles have gradually released cleaner versions.
Porche, Ferrari, and BMW have already presented their hybrid and electric versions. But at the last Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini stood out with the introduction of its first prototype with an electric motor: the LPI Asterion 970-4.
The name comes from the Minotaur, a figure from Greek mythology, half man and half bull, which indicates that the new model combines all the muscle and power of a raging bull—identified in its logo— with the intelligence and logical pragmatism of man. Car lovers welcome this interesting concept since the Asterion offers a less radical sportsmanship than the usual Lamborghini models, complemented with excellent comfort and consumption features.
The Asterion LPI 970-4 has a powerful V10 combustion engine— 610 hp and 5,200 cubic centimeters—combined with three electric motors (one for each front wheel and one for the rear), which add another 300 hp. The total power of 910 divided into four-wheel drive achieves a maximum speed of 193 mph and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds.
These clearly sporty advantages alongside a first-class electric performance, offer a speed power up to 77 mph with a range of 31 miles. This hybrid proposal allows a significant reduction of fuel consumption, as well as the level of emissions. For the Asterion, the company offers an average consumption of 57.09 miles per gallon, while other cars in the same range consume about 14.7 miles per gallon.
The smooth lines of the Asterion LPI 970-4 contrast with the aggressive lines characteristic of the latest models from the Italian brand. For the prototype, a shade of blue called Blue Elektra, represents the high technology that will be used in this model. The interior also shows a stylized and modern esthetic that emphasizes elegance over sportiness, with a clear minimalist style. The seats, for example, are higher than in other Lamborghini models in order to provide a more comfortable position for daily driving. Also, the leather upholstery in ivory and light brown, combined with touch screens, distinct aluminum details, and carbon fiber, round up a very attractive cabin.
The final look of the vehicle presented at the Paris Motor Show seems to be a production model and not a prototype or concept, suggesting the Asterion will be available soon for fans of the brand. Given the tremendous growth the segment has enjoyed in recent years, the Lamborghini Asterion promises to be a hit with consumers and environmentalists. ■