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Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid Can Beat Your Prius Any Day

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A Lamborghini Asterion is presented at the Volkswagen Group Night show on October 1, 2014 in Paris Auto show 2014 Press days. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 08:28 AM

The Lamborghini Asterion is the company's first gasoline-electric hybrid, combining a 5.2-liter V10 and seven-speed direct-shift gearbox with a three electric motors, and it can top 199 miles per hour.

The Asterion turned heads at the Paris Auto Show this week, with the company touting the usual things that makes fans excited about a vehicle – that it can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in three seconds and up to 78 mph in "pure electric mode," according to Noah Joseph of Autoblog.com.

As a concept vehicle, though, the Asterion is hard for most to get excited about until Lamborghini shows more of a commitment to it, wrote Joseph.

"The big question, of course, is whether Lamborghini has any intention of building the Asterion, and any answer at this point would be pure speculation," Joseph wrote. "But considering how much attention (and what big price tags) its rivals have garnered for their hybrid hypercars, and the capacity Lambo has created for producing small runs of rare machinery like the Veneno and Sesto Elemento, our reaction would likely be more delighted than shocked."

Autoweek's Blake Z. Rong wrote that it is not Lamborghini's hybrid technology that's catching people's attention, but its new curvy style, which he calls a "significant departure" from the company's past models.

"(Lamborghini's departure is) not because it finally skims the vaunted 1,000-hp figure," Rong wrote. "Not because that for the first time, its interior was actually designed with roominess and ergonomics in mind. But this is possibly the first non-insane Lamborghini since the Jarama, the first Lamborghini since the Miura that hasn't been styled in an exploding knife factory."

Andrew Wendler of Car and Driver magazine called the Asterion's design "exciting and provocative" and that the Lamborghini's focus on the vehicle could signal a "hint at a different future" for the iconic luxury supercar maker.

"Unmistakably a Lambo from the front, the car's shapes go classic behind the trailing edge of the doors, the fastback roof pinching together with the lower bodywork behind the rear glass," Wendler wrote for Car and Driver. "Viewed from the rear, it almost – almost – looks like an entirely different car; the splitter and exhaust look right on, but the backlight and tail lamp sections go almost retro-modern."

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