Paris Motor Show 2014: Lamborghini Hybrid
Just launched at the Paris Motor Show (October 4-19), the Lamborghini Asterion is the latest car to adopt the plug-in hybrid system as its advanced power train – pushing the boundaries of what is possible for a sports car. The Italian manufacturer is following in the tracks of luxury auto brands McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche, which launched hybrid models at the Geneva Auto Show last year.
"If the Asterion – which is currently only a concept – or something like it goes into production, it will take supercars to levels of sustainability that would have been unthinkable even five years ago," said motoring journalist and Stylus contributor Craig Thomas.
The hybrid model can travel 30 miles and reach speeds of 78 mph on electric power alone. It features two electric engines at the front, and a conventional petrol engine at the rear. The car is being pitched as a Hyper Cruiser, as it's faster than a grand tourer (GT), yet more spacious than a supercar – a consequence of the need to accommodate the additional engines.
Plug-in hybrids are the current choice for carmakers. German marque Mercedes-Benz is about to launch an S500 limousine with this system, while Audi's A3 e-tron will also twin a rechargeable electric motor with a conventional engine. Providing an interim technology, they take advantage of a burgeoning recharging infrastructure, while still being able to fall back on a petrol engine when the electric-only range has been exhausted.