This Animation Explains How the Lamborghini Asterion Works

Lamborghini Asterion LP 910-4 at the Paris Motor Show 1 photo
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We've shown you plenty of Lamborghini Asterion photos live from the Paris Motor Show, probably more than any publication out there. But we know you guys also love a good animation or promo video to stir the blood and answer those big questions.
The Asterion's other name is LPi 910-4. Everybody who knows a little bit about Lamborghinis can tell you this means it's got a longitudinal parallel engine, 910 metric horsepower (that's 897 in America and Britain) and 4-wheel drive. But is actually a car unlike any Lamborghini before.

At the back of the Asterion, we see a special carbon fiber scaffold holding movable glass elements. Below that, there's the 5.2-liter V10 engine from the Huracan, an electric motor and a twin-clutch gearbox. That frees up space for the battery that takes up the entire transmission tunnel. At this point, you might be wondering "how is this all-wheel drive?". The answer comes in the form of two more electric motors at the front.

The way the Asterion runs depends on the drive mode selected, which is all graphically illustrated by the video below. Considering most Lamborghini owners already have at least one other car, we think many would love a supercar they can drive into town without having to worry about taxes or access. It's sort of like putting your best suit on taking a stroll though a muddy street without getting them dirty. Good thinking, Lamborghini!

Just like all the latest plug-in hybrid vehicles (A3 e-tron, Panamera S E-Hybrid), this amazing concept can do up to 50 km/h (31 mph) in pure electric mode, provided of course that you are extra-careful with the throttle. As a result, its combined fuel consumption rating is only 4.2 liters per 100 km (56 mpg US), equivalent to CO2 emissions of 98 grams per kilometer. Who said the Italians don't make a Prius rival?

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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