Lamborghini Preparing Asterion Hybrid for Paris

Lamborghini Asterion teaser? 2 photos
Photo: Lamborghini/Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market
Lamborghini teaser
Just a couple of days ago, Lamborghini released a teaser sketch of a mysterious vehicle that it planned to debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. We might be getting a better idea of this particular car now as Lamborghini filed for a trademark in Europe, which depicts the word Asterion with a lightning bolt cutting through the middle of the “o” in the name.
This lightning bolt alone would suggest some sort of electrification, but the name, too, could hint at the intentions of whatever Lamborghini model this name graces. Traditionally, Lamborghini model names are chosen from historically significant fighting bulls, and the Asterion name comes from an interesting bit of bull-related Greek mythology.

Although asterion is an anatomical point at the back of the human skull, it is also one of the names given to the mythological creature, Minotaur. The name of this half-man, half-bull monster could possibly play into a potential Lamborghini vehicle utilizing a half-gasoline, half-electric hybrid powertrain. Plus, it’s still kind of a bull, so it fits in with Lamborghini’s naming convention.

The name does give some credibility to this hybridized Lamborghini theory, but it still doesn’t help us solve the original problem of the sketch, the text that read: “Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it.” Does this mean the automaker could be planning a hybrid vehicle that seats four passengers or has four doors, or could the other half of the “double it” part be the addition of batteries and electric motors to further improve the car’s performance?

Of course, the graphic was found on the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, which states that the trademark covers everything from cars and car parts to clothing, toys and video games, so it still isn’t 100 percent clear if this name is even related to the intriguing design sketch. Only time will tell, though, and we don’t have much longer to wait. The Paris Motor Show kicks off on October 2nd.
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