In the past supercars – with their big engines and even bigger horsepower figures – haven’t been very green, but times have changed. After years of rolling out sexy, over the top sports cars, Lamborghini just unveiled its first ever plug-in hybrid at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s called the Asterion LPI 910-4 concept, and while its name may be confusing, the best part is that it can travel almost as far as the Chevy Volt in electric mode.
The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 concept is powered by Lamborghini’s new plug-in hybrid system that pairs a 5.2-liter V10 engine with three electric motors. With a total of 910 horsepower, the Asterion LPI 910-4 concept has all the power that drivers demand from a supercar: it zooms to 62 mph in an insanely fast three seconds on its way to a top speed of 199 mph. The green part is that it can travel up to 31 miles in electric mode, which is longer than some other plug-in hybrids actually on the market, like the Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid and Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid. It can also reach speeds up to 78 mph in electric mode.
“Lamborghini is always looking ahead, investing in new technologies and setting new benchmarks, delivering the unexpected,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
Will Lamborghini actually produce the Asterion LPI 910-4 concept? For now Lamborghini has not revealed any production plans, but the point of the concept is the plug-in hybrid powertrain, which will most definitely enter production in the near future.