We use cookies to give you the best personal experience on our website. If you continue to use our site without changing your cookie settings, you agree we may place these cookies on your device. You can change your cookie settings at any time but if you do , you may lose some functionality on our website . More information can be found in our privacy policy.
Please provide more information.
Stylus no longer supports Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9. Please upgrade to IE 11, Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge. This will ensure you have the best possible experience on the site.
Brief Published: 13 Oct 2014

Paris Motor Show 2014: Lamborghini Hybrid

Lamborghini Asterion

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.

For more on the emerging electric car market, see Eco Cars: The Outlook and Auto China. Look out for full coverage from Paris Motor Show 2014, coming later this week.