The 898bhp Hybrid Asterion Concept Is The Most Powerful Lamborghini Ever Built

The new Lamborghini Asterion concept has been unveiled at the Paris motor show, and it's packing a 5.2-litre V10 plus three electric motors

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Lamborghini - The 898bhp Hybrid Asterion Concept Is The Most Powerful Lamborghini Ever Built - Supercars and Hypercars

With new hybrid hypercars like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder flying at us left, right and centre, it seems a little odd that Lamborghini hasn’t jumped on the part-leccy bandwagon for a production car.

But if this new plug-in hybrid ‘Asterion LPI910-4’ concept is anything to go buy, that could be set to change rather soon.

Mounted in the middle of its carbonfibre Aventador chassis is the familiar 5.2-litre V10 that’s seen service in the Gallardo and now the Huracan, but the big news is the presence of three electric motors.

Lamborghini - The 898bhp Hybrid Asterion Concept Is The Most Powerful Lamborghini Ever Built - Supercars and Hypercars

The combination of the motors and the V10 gives a power output of 898bhp, making this the most powerful car Lamborghini has ever built. The engine sends 602bhp and 413lb ft of torque via a seven-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels only, while two of the electric motors live on the front axle to power the front wheels, and a third is in the gearbox. These provide 296bhp to make up the rather exciting total power output.

Lamborghini - The 898bhp Hybrid Asterion Concept Is The Most Powerful Lamborghini Ever Built - Supercars and Hypercars

Power is supplied to the motors via a lithium ion battery which runs down the centre of the cabin. Should you want to just tootle to the shops, the Asterion has an electric-only range of 31 miles with a top speed of 78mph. This will also give you the perverse pleasure of being able to pilot a temporarily front-wheel drive Lambo. Want a little more firepower? With the V10 engaged, you can dispatch 0-62mph in three seconds dead, and hit 199mph.

Lamborghini - The 898bhp Hybrid Asterion Concept Is The Most Powerful Lamborghini Ever Built - Supercars and Hypercars

But, this being a hybrid, it’s the efficiency figures we need to pay attention to. 67mpg is the claimed economy figure, while the four beefy exhaust tips will puff out an average of just 98g/km of Co2. Here’s a Lambo you’d be able to drive guilt free.