The Lamborghini LM002
is an SUV
that was built by the Lamborghini
automobile company between 1986 and 1993. The LM002 was an unusual departure for Lamborghini which, at the time, was primarily known for high-performance grand tourers
and sports cars. The LM002 is also the first four-wheel drive
model manufactured by Lamborghini.
Lamborghini built its first military vehicle, a prototype vehicle codenamed the "Cheetah
", in 1977. Lamborghini had designed the vehicle with hopes of selling it to the US military
. The original Cheetah prototype had a rear-mounted Chrysler V8
engine. The prototype was destroyed during testing by the US military. This led Lamborghini to develop the LM001
, which was very similar to the Cheetah, but had an AMC
It was finally determined that the engine being mounted in the rear caused too many unfavorable handling characteristics in an offroad vehicle, and the LMA002
was built with an entirely new chassis, moving the engine (now the V12 out of the Lamborghini Countach) to the front. After much testing and altering of the prototype, it was finally given a serial number and became the first LM002. The production model was unveiled in an early 1986 Brussels Auto Show
Dubbed the "Rambo-Lambo", its aggressive styling and powerful engine made it a success for Lamborghini. Civilian models were outfitted with a full luxury package, including full leather trim, tinted power windows, air......