• Paris Motor Show 2014: Lamborghini Asterion

1. Paris Motor Show 2014: Lamborghini Asterion

McLaren, Porsche and Ferrari already produce world-beating hybrid hypercars, so it was only a matter of time before Lamborghini got involved. The Asterion showcases new engine technology that, thanks to a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine and three electric motors, can produce in excess of 898bhp. Even more impressive is the fact that prospective owners can cruise around town for around 30 miles on nothing but electricity. The Lamborghini Asterion LPI910-4 (to give it its full designation) is said to be designed for comfortable cruising rather than all-out track day performance, so customers get an interior decked out with higher set, cosseting chairs and a minimalist dash that can perform a multitude of functions thanks to a large, portable tablet-style touch screen user interface. Owners will be able to take the tablet with them and control a number of the car's functions, such as climate and charge status, remotely. Cool TFT instrument clusters can also display a whole host of information. The steering wheel includes three buttons that determine the driving modes: Zero – for zero emissions/full electric; I for ‘Ibrido’ (hybrid); and T for ‘Termico (thermal) power. There's not much information on the latter but it sure sounds fast.   

Lamborghini | Release date: Never!

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