The Lamborghini Asterion made its debut at the Paris Auto Show in 2014, and it arrived to mixed reviews. Some potential buyers loved that it was a Lamborghini capable of being a daily driver, whereas others felt it was missing the excitement that comes with each Lamborghini. For those in the latter category, you’ll be glad to know that the Asterios has been officially shelved, for now.
The report comes from Autocar, who had a conversation with Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann. During the chat, Winkelmann said that they initially created the Asterion to show what Lamborghini could do if government regulations pushed the brand to create a car with 30 miles of EV range and to gauge customer reactions.
According to Winkelmann, buyers were open to a hybrid Lamborghini, but only if the hybrid system added to the performance already expected of Lambos. Unfortunately, the Asterion Concept lacked that performance nor did it have the “ultimate track performance” needed to warrant production.
With the Asterion on the shelf, Lamborghini can now turn its attention to the much-anticipated Urus SUV, According to a separate report from Autocar, Lamborghini is open to creating multiple versions of the Urus, including a track-focused Superveloce model.
There are no details on this potential Urus SV, but the fact that Lamborghini is considering it is awesome enough.
Given Lamborghini’s typical product cycle and the fact that the Urus should be in dealers in 2018, logic would tell me that we’ll see the Urus SV by 2020. This model would include a reduced curb weight, a tweaked engine, and a retuned suspension to start. Also included will be interior and exterior upgrades to make the Urus SV look the part of a performance rig.
Let’s just hope the public doesn’t ask for a roadster version. You can ask Nissan just how successful a convertible crossover is…