ORI­GIN STORY

Singapore Tatler - - LIFE | CARS -

Lam­borgh­ini didn’t start­ing from scratch when it started con­cep­tu­al­is­ing the Urus. It had ref­er­ences to look at—two to be ex­act. One was its first SUV pro­to­type, an off-road mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle called Chee­tah that it un­veiled at the 1977 Geneva Auto Show in hopes of se­cur­ing an or­der with the US Army. The car sported a rear-mounted 5.9L Chrysler 360 V8 engine that pro­duced 183hp, butŠfailed to seal the deal. The mar­que’s SUV dreams never died, and it un­veiled two more off-road pro­to­types—the LM001 in 1981 and the LMA002 the next year— be­fore fi­nally re­veal­ing the LM002 (pic­tured) in 1986. It would be made into a to­tal of 328 units. The now-fa­mous car had a V12 engine from the Lam­borgh­ini Countach sports car, which made it one of the most pow­er­ful ve­hi­cles of its time, and was nick­named “RamboŠlambo”. It would also come to greatly in­spire the con­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion of the Urus, which is con­tin­u­ing its legacy as a for­mi­da­ble pow­er­house SUV.

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