Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini has unveiled its first hybrid car concept – the two-seater Asterion LPI 910-4.
The 900-horsepower conceptual beast should put fears that eco-friendly cars are inferior firmly to bed. Initial specs and images were revealed at this week’s Paris Motor Show, along with some surprising vital statistics.
Wired reports that the plug-in hybrid should reach a top speed of 199MPH, and is capable of going from zero to 62mph in just three seconds. Should the Asterion enter full production, it will surely come as welcome news for the eco-conscious driver, and make a fine addition to Lamborghini’s roster.
Lamborghini intends the car to run in four-wheel drive and expects it to house a 5.2-liter V10 engine, while the internal lithium-ion battery should help reduce petrol consumption on the road, equating to an estimated 57 miles per gallon of fuel. These are important statistics to consider, seeing as the Asterion concept comes in at over 4,000 pounds in weight.
Speaking with Top Gear, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said of the Asterion, “Things are changing. People are more aware, more sensitive. Many of our customers are entrepreneurs. These people don’t just have passions, they have sharp minds and they know what is going on in the world.”
He added, “to significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment however, plug-in electrification is the best option for us.”
Here at Liftshare, we are constantly striving to enable our members to achieve simple travel and make amazing connections, and of course, a knock-on benefit of sharing lifts is the reduction of carbon emissions. Lamborghini’s entry to the hybrid world may prove expensive, but it will be interesting to see how well the model is received moving forward.
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