Lamborghini design boss Filippo Perini and his team faced a tough challenge when they started work on the Asterion concept. They wanted the Italian supercar maker’s first plug-in hybrid to have a unique look, one that steps away from the angular and aggressive forms of recent cars by borrowing less extreme features from renowned Lamborghinis of the past such as the Miura.
“We need to understand if we can open another window in our future to be not so extreme but also a little bit more politically correct and elegant,” Perini said. He said that a key reason for the design shift was that the Asterion rides differently from the Volkswagen Group subsidiary’s current models.
In most Lamborghinis occupants have the sensation of being pushed by the car’s power. The feeling in the Asterion is akin to being pulled. “For this reason we decided that this car needed a new dress, a dress that is much more classic, much more GT, and inspired by the Miura.”
Perini points out that Lamborghini started as a maker of Grand Turismo-style cars such as the 350GT. Later founder Ferrucio Lamborghini built cars such as the Espada, Jalpa and Urraco, all of which established the company’s design direction. “We were taking inspiration from our heritage,” says Perini. “You can see flavors of the Miura and flavors of the Espada [in the Asterion], and this is because of the platform.”