Lamborghini LM002 SUV Drew First Blood

Nicknamed the “Rambo Lambo,” the Lamborghini LM002 SUV was a forerunner of the exotic supercar and off-road vehicle mash-up. The SUV came out in 1981, and soon became popular for a whole range of applications—everything from the military to Sheiks. The LM002 could be stripped down or loaded up with all the luxuries you can imagine. With four-wheel drive and seating for four and still room for luggage, the LM002 had plenty of potential applications.

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The power in the LM002 lived up to the Lamborghini name. A V12 engine, which was the same engine used in the Countach, came as either a 5.2L or 7.2L L804, and the LM002 had a five speed manual transmission. The LM002 could hit 60 from 0 in just 7.7 seconds—even with a curb weight of 5,720 pounds. And the 76-gallon tank gave the LM002 a range that was basically unparalleled. Unlike other Lamborghinis, the LM002 has the engine mounted in the front, yet the characteristic Lambo sound is still there. Moving the engine to the front required a new chassis. Lamborghini also commissioned Pirelli to create a new tire for the LM002. Pirelli came up with the Pirelli Scorpion and offered it with two different tread designs (one for mixed use and the other for sand only). For civilians, the Rambo Lambo came with full leather trim, tinted power windows, air conditioning, and a premium stereo system mounted in the roof console.

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