Twenty-five years after the legendary LM002 ceased production, Automobili Lamborghini will launch the Urus on December 4, 2017 in Sant’Agata Bolognese, again creating a new class of Super SUVs. As we wait to see what Lamborghini debuts we can’t help but remember the automakers first attempt at a super SUV.
The LM002 attracted significant attention when launched because it offered the performance to match its super sports car stablemates as well as significant off-road capabilities with an imposing design and presence. A total of 300 were produced from 1986 to 1992.
The LM 002’s development started as a project to develop a high-performance off-road vehicle for military use at the end of the 1970s, with the name of Cheetah. Lamborghini engineer Giulio Alfieri resurrected the project in 1981 with the LM 001: an innovative concept with a rear-mounted engine, followed by the LMA prototype with a front-mounted powertrain.
The final production model of the LM002 was first presented at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986, consolidating the final design: the V12 engine from the Countach Quattrovalvole provided a 5,167 cc capacity and 450 hp at 6,800 rpm.
As a result, the SUV could reach 200 km/h and could take on gradients of 120 percent.
The LM002 also came equipped with a four-wheel drive transmission, transfer case and three self-locking differentials. It featured specially-developed Pirelli Scorpion tires, allowing for a ‘floating’ feeling across soft surfaces such as sand, and highly durable in hot conditions.
So what was it like behind the wheel? See what the Lamborghini test drivers have to say:
Like the LM002, the Urus will create a new Super SUV class of its own, with exceptional power and torque, distinctive design and a very significant presence. The Urus assures exceptional road-going dynamics, performance and luxury and like the LM002, has exceptional capabilities on off-road terrains, including sand.