Lamborghini LM 002 – The First Luxury SUV In The World

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In 1986, Lamborghini pioneered the idea of an SUV with the power, performance and luxury of a supercar. The LM002, at home on both glittering city streets and on the dirt of off-road tracks, was to be the first luxury SUV in the world.

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While we await the arrival of the Urus, we look back and celebrate this trailblazing Lamborghini creation.The idea of building a luxury SUV at Sant’Agata Bolognese first arose before the SUV segment had even come into being. In 1977 Automobili Lamborghini unveiled the Cheetah to the world.

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The project was still in its infancy, but there was a clear desire to make history. Three years later, the Cheetah project was taken up again, and out of the ashes of this fully off-road vehicle emerged the LM001.

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The Lamborghini LMA, with a front-mounted V12 engine from the Countach, which made a compelling sound and developed incredible power. When the LMA was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1982, the stunning vision of our engineers had the whole auto world dreaming.

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The new model, dubbed LM002, boasted a 455 HP V12, again front-mounted, like on the Countach, with a five-speed transmission with underdrive for the toughest slopes and Pirelli Scorpion tires specially designed for the car and perfect for desert climates. The LM002’s relatively low center of gravity kept it anchored to the ground even on the off-road terrain.via(sincewemadeitpossible)

In spite of its size, the designers managed to give it the bold, distinctive look of an authentic Lamborghini. The interiors were fitted with high-quality leather upholstery and matching carpets, a state-of-the-art stereo system and a powerful air-conditioning unit, as well as an amazing range of optional extras, including armor-plating, tinted windows, and television, just to name a few.