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Lamborghini’s 1st SUV – LM002 to be Replaced by Urus on 4 Dec

October 14, 2017

Lamborghini LM002 SUV
Lamborghini’s first production SUV – The LM002

Twenty-five years after the fabled Lamborghini LM002 ceased production, the Italian supercar maker will launch the Urus, their all-new highly-anticipated new SUV on 4 December 2017. In order to ease the anticipation of the Urus world premiere, let’s take a look back on Lamborghini’s lesser-known SUV legacy.

Lamborghini LM002 SUV
Lamborghini’s first production SUV – The LM002

The LM002, Lamborghini’s original SUV creation, is considered in some circles as the father of luxury SUVs. Turning heads in sophisticated city streets, the LM002 was equally at home in dirt, gravel and snow when it last roamed the roads in the 90’s.

The black LM002 shown in the images here is from the Lamborghini museum, in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. The vehicle was entirely-restored by their classic department ‘Lamborghini Polo Storico’.

Lamborghini LM002 SUV
Lamborghini LM002 | Front

Lambo’s first SUV development started as a project (Codename: Cheetah) to develop a high performance off-road vehicle for military use at the end of the 1970. The project was parked for a while and the resurrected in 1981 with the LM001, an interesting concept at the time with the engine mounted at the rear similar to their supercars.

This SUV-like vehicle was then followed-up by the LMA prototype which had a front-mounted powertrain and finally the production model of the LM002 was first presented at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986.

Lamborghini LM002 SUV
Lamborghini LM002 | Interior

The production version of the Lamborghini LM002 had a beast of an engine – a 5.2L V12 sourced from the Countach Quattrovalvole with a power output of 335kW enabling the SUV to reach speeds of over 200km/h!!

Furthermore, with an aluminum and fiberglass body, four-wheel drive transmission, transfer case and three self-locking differentials, the SUV could exceed gradients of 120% and a luxurious interior completed the package.

Lamborghini LM002 SUV
Lamborghini LM002 | Cockpit

A total of 300 LM002’s were produced from 1986 to 1992. With performance to match its super sports car stable mates as well as significant off-road capabilities and an imposing presence, the vehicle attracted a lot of attention at its time.

Lamborghini Urus
Previously released teaser pic of Urus concept

The new Urus SUV will have a lot to live up to, but according to Lamborghini, the Urus promises exceptional road-going dynamics, performance and luxury and like the LM002, will have exceptional off-road capabilities.

We’ll have to wait until 4 December to see… Can’t wait! (Read more about the upcoming Urus here)

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