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Dream On: Lamborghini CEO Says Asterion Not in the Cards

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/6/2014 Karla Sanchez

The Lamborghini Asterion concept shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show last week proves that the Italian supercar maker has the ability to build a hybrid supercar -- but just because it can doesn't mean it will. Even though the Asterion has been well-received, Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Maxim that he doesn't see it happening.

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Mouths dropped in awe at the unveiling of the bright blue Asterion concept, not only because its design looked more like the brand's GT cars of the 1970s, but because the car's powertrain was very inconsistent with what we've seen from the brand before. Underneath that beautiful bodywork, the Asterion houses a 602-hp 5.2-liter V-10 producing 413 lb-ft of torque, but that's not all. Between the V-10 and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission lies an electric motor that serves as a power booster, starter, and generator. Other electric bits including a lithium-ion battery pack and two other electric motors up front boost total output to 897 hp. Lamborghini Asterion Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Lamborghini Asterion Concept

Given the availability of the technology in the vast Volkswagen Group parts bin, Lamborghini would likely be able to put the car into production, but sadly, the Asterion show car will remain just that: a show car. That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, considering Winkelmann has been very vocal about not being interested in hybrid technology, telling us previously that it's "something that Lamborghini is not all about."Lamborghini Asterion Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Lamborghini Asterion Concept

“I strongly believe that this is not a car that will be in production and we will not do it,” he told Maxim, though he did suggest certain elements of the tech could find its way into the Urus because it would be easier in terms of packaging. He did, after all, tell us that the Urus would be a game-changer.

Even though the Asterion might never be seen in showrooms, it's not a complete tease. The Lambo CEO said the company may be convinced to build a one-off for a customer, if the price is right. The catch, though, is that it won't be hybridized. If anything, it would pack the Aventador's V-12.

Source: Maxim

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