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Video: Lamborghini Asterion concept hybrid walk-through

To help us all get around the workings of the new Lamborghini Asterion concept car, the Italian company has put together a simple yet effective video demonstration on how it works.

Lamborghini Asterion demo

The Asterion concept was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show currently underway, showcasing a possible future direction for the supercar maker. It features the company’s first-ever hybrid system, producing a very Lamborghini-like combined output of 669kW.

It is capable of driving on electric power alone. As the name suggests, the LP910-4 is all-wheel drive, however, in electric mode the Asterion is essentially a front-wheel drive. Well, at least up until speeds of 50km/h. This mode is accessible via the ‘zero’ button on the steering wheel.

When more power is required or when speed exceeds 50km/h the hybrid system seamlessly shifts into combined mode, drawing power from the electric motor and the 5.2-litre V10 sitting behind the cabin.

In combined mode the Asterion can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.0 seconds. It can also hit a top speed of 320km/h. Despite the spectacular performance, the concept boasts a combined fuel consumption rate of just 4.2L/100km, producing 98g of CO2 per kilometre.

Before we get too exciting (or saddened) about the idea of a Lamborghini hybrid production car, the Asterion merely demonstrates the potential. It’s understood the company isn’t looking to introduce such a model just yet, instead, it is likely to be focusing on an SUV production vehicle.

Still, it is quite interesting to see such a flamboyant company come up with an economical package without losing the wild personality. Click play below to see the demonstration.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.