Plans to develop the £350,000 Lamborghini Asterion sports car have been put on hold for the moment
Described at the Paris motor show last year by Lamborghini as a “technology demonstrator”, the Asterion was notable for combining its 5.2-litre V10 with a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, a lithium ion battery pack and two electric motors on the front axle.
Despite reports that the Asterion could make production, company CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that is now unlikely.
“It was built to show what we would do if the regulations forced us to have 30 miles of electric range as well as high-speed performance,” he said. “Because of the weight of the batteries, we also took the opportunity to make the car bigger and roomier. We wanted to see customer reactions.
“They told us that they were open to innovation, including hybrid technology, but only if it came with the benefit of added performance. A Lamborghini super-sports car is driven maybe 3000 miles a year, not every day, so the electrification has to offer an added intensity to justify its inclusion.”
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