News of the im­mi­nent ar­rival on our shores of Lam­borgh­ini’s lat­est t win­turbo V8- enigned 4x4 SUV, the Urus, struck a chord with NZ4WD mag Ed­i­tor Ross MacKay; who re­mem­bered the Ital­ian Su­per­car maker’s first at­tempt at an off- road ca­pa­ble model. A quick Google search led him to the com­pany’s own web­site, where – sure enough – was ev­ery­thing you need to know, plus more be­sides, about the LM002! To whit: “At the end of the 1970s, an Amer­i­can com­pany, MIT, com­mis­sioned Lam­borgh­ini to de­sign an off- road ca­pa­ble 4x4 ve­hi­cle. “The project failed first time around but was pro­posed again in 1981 and af­ter sev­eral pro­to­types had been built, Lam­borgh­ini pre­sented the LM 002 se­ries model in 1986. This pow­er­ful off- roader with the Coun­tach en­gine was liked by kings, ac­tors and rac­ers alike – the first LM 002 was de­liv­ered to the King of Morocco in 1987. “Two pro­to­type ve­hi­cles, the Chee­tah and the LM001, paved the way for LM002. Both ve­hi­cles used rear- mounted Amer­i­can power plants and were in­tended for mil­i­tary use, but were not well re­ceived. With the idea of us­ing a front mounted Coun­tach V12 to power the LM001 came the next model, the LM002. “The pro­duc­tion model ( dubbed the ‘ Rambo Lambo’) was un­veiled at the Brus­sels Auto Show in 1986 and out­fit­ted with a full lux­ury in­te­rior fea­tur­ing full leather trim, tinted power win­dows, air­con and a premium stereo mounted in a roof con­sole. Lam­borgh­ini com­mis­sioned t yre maker Pirelli to cre­ate the huge Pirelli Scor­pion t yres com­plete with cus­tom, run-flat tread de­signs. These were made specif­i­cally for the LM and were of­fered in t wo dif­fer­ent tread de­signs, one for mixed use and the other for sand use only. “For those re­quir­ing even more power, the Lam­borgh­ini L804 t ype 7.2 litre ma­rine V12, more com­monly found in class 1 off­shore power­boats, could be or­dered. In 1988, Lam­borgh­ini sent an LM002 to a team of en­gi­neers with the in­ten­tion of mak­ing it ca­pa­ble of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Paris- Dakar Rally. “Fund­ing ran out be­fore it could of­fi­cially be en­tered in that evnet although it did par­tic­i­pate in other Raids in Egypt and Greece.

LM002. Lam­borgh­ini’s first SUV.

Lux­ury in­te­rior be­lied abil­ity to get very dirty off-road.

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