The 1990 Lamborghini LM002 found a much wider audience than the supercar manufacturer was accustomed to. Certainly well-to-do individuals—from the wealthy to the obligatory Sheik—picked up the hybrid of a supercar and an off-road vehicle. The LM002 also found a home in many militaries.
The usefulness of the SUV was marked by its ability to be stripped down to just the necessities with the proven performance expected of a Lamborghini. It could also be dressed up with all the trimmings and luxuries that Lamborghini has been known for.
Those luxuries include many of the same accoutrements found in other Lamborghinis, especially the Countach. Inside the cab of the LM002, wood and leather cover nearly every surface. If not for the fact that there is a row of rear seats, you could easily imagine yourself being in a supercar. Especially when you hear the engine—which is unmistakably Lamborghini.
The exhaust note of the LM002 is that of Lamborghini’s V12, which produces 444 horsepower. That much power accelerates the LM002 from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds and grants it a top speed of 118 miles per hour. That may not be what you’re used to hearing about a Lamborghini, but consider that the LM002 weighs 6,780 pounds—almost 2,500 pounds more than a Range Rover.
Speaking of Range Rover, the LM002 has nearly 300 horsepower more, and that 0 to 60 time? The LM002 is almost twice as fast as the Range Rover. Of course, what can you expect of a vehicle that was based on a prototype codenamed “Cheetah”?
The LM002 was part of the Lamborghini Militaria series and was only produced from 1986 to 1993. The production model was unveiled at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986, where it was dubbed the “Rambo-Lambo.” RM Sotheby’s has a stunning example of an LM002 on the block, complete with the truck bed and a winch up front. The interior is immaculate with beige leather and wood trim.
Originally priced at USD$90,000, there’s no doubt that this auction will fetch a high price as well, especially with the odometer only reading 11,600 km from new.