Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 is FWD in electric-only mode

This isn’t the first time a 4-door vehicle has been graced by a Lamborghini badge, but it’s certainly the first plug-in hybrid to have that honour.


The Asterion LPI 910-4 features a 449kW/560Nm 5.2-litre V10 mounted longitudinally mid-ship and connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. In between the engine and transmission resides one of the car’s three electric motors. The other two live on the front axle.

In hybrid mode, the Asterion is a full-time all-wheel drive vehicle. When operating on electricity only, the Asterion is a front-wheel drive car. In tandem the three electric motors generate 220kW, and in total the hybrid drivetrain is capable of delivering 669kW all at once.

This powertrain, in hybrid mode, is able to catapult the Asterion from 0 to 100km/h in 3 seconds flat and onwards to a top speed of 320km/h. As with many other plug-in hybrids, the Asterion is capable of up to 50km of electric-only driving. In electric-only mode the Asterion is capable of a top speed of 125km/h.,
According to Lamborghini the plug-in hybrid drivetrain only adds 250kg of weight to car and helps the Asterion reach an EU fuel consumption rating of 4.12L/100km and CO2 emissions of 98g/km.

The Asterion runs on 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch rims at the rear.

Etymology

LP stands for longitudinale posteriore (rear longitudinal) and I stands ibrido (hybrid). 910 denotes the amount of metric horsepower available, while 4 is for all-wheel drive.

In Crete the half man-half bull minotaur was known by its proper name, Asterion. With the LPI 910-4 being


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