Packed with a 910 horsepower hybrid drivetrain that is the company’s most powerful yet, the Lamborghini Asterion would give the raging bull brand a competitor to other hybrid hyper cars…if they build it. Too bad they won’t, as Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Maxim he’s still “not interested” in hybrid technology. Famous last words if you ask me.
Winkelmann has previously expressed a distaste for the weighty hybrid drivetrains that competitors like Ferrari and Porsche have willingly embraced. Instead he said the Asterion was merely a “technological demonstrator” meant to appease European emissions regulators, though he admits aspects of the hybrid drivetrain could perhaps find their way into the upcoming Lamborghini SUV.
While Winkelmann also allows for the possibility of building a one-off version of the Asterion for an especially adamant customer, we’re not likely to see a hybrid supercar from Lamborghini with him in charge. Audi, on the other hand, is planning two plug-in supercars, one a hybrid and the other all electric, and since both brands are owned by Volkswagen, there’s a chance the Lambo tech could end up under the hood of an Audi.
It’s a shame such a backward-looking lunkhead has found himself at the head of such an incredible automaker. With the resources at his disposal he could help launch Lamborghini to the forefront of the growing hybrid supercar market. Instead, Lambo may end up last in line to finally accept the incredible performance hybrid drivetrains are capable of. It’s no coincidence that the most powerful car Lamborghini has ever built also happens to be their first hybrid.