Lamborghini’s LM002 Is Still One Of The Most Outrageous SUVs Ever Built

This is the world’s first super SUV, created at a time when the world didn’t even know what the acronym SUV hadn’t been coined yet.

Imagine an off-roader initially designed for military use, then add the V12 from a Countach, and the result is the crazy Lamborghini LM002.

The automaker would like you to think of it as the predecessor of the Urus, but truth be told, these two have nothing to do with each other apart from the fact that they are both high-riding machines made by Lamborghini.

Born out of a failed military project, the LM002 was an excessive vehicle in every single way. The naturally aspirated 5.2-liter Quattrovalvole V12 produced the same 450hp as it did in the Countach, but the heavyweight nature of the LM002 resulted in more modest acceleration figures, with a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 7.7 seconds. If you were feeling brave enough, you could take this brick up to speeds of 130mph (209km/h).

Other impressive figures include a massive fuel tank that can hold 63.7 gallons (290 lt), which was proven handy to the few lucky owners as fuel economy is as terrible as you might expect – and then some.

Lamborghini built just 300 examples of the LM002 up until 1990, when production ended. It was the ultimate off-roader of its time, being three times more expensive than a Range Rover Vogue of the same period, and in a way, it still is the ultimate off-roader.

Top Gear got its hands on Lamborghini’s own LM002 for a short drive, reminding us of the mad Italian off-roader.


  • ThisDecepticonWillFU

    Hey it’s General Zevo Lamborghini in the 1992 movie called Toys.

  • Blade t

    I really wish the Urus looked more like this. .

  • Wandering_Spirit

    An Italian mind would have done a remake of this. A German one came up with the Urus. And it shows. The peasantization of brands at premium prices is a typical feature of German mentality, which turned into praxis results in anonymous models at subelite costs. So that even wannabes in various social layers can afford them by paying eternal montly installments, even better if they go for “Car as a Service”, with permanent rentals. Design, marketing and sales’ models all follow the same logic of broadening the customer base by keeping the price as high as possible, yet affordable enough for the flock. An LM002 for the 21st Century wouldn’t fit in this logics. They need cars for anonymous urbanites.

    • benT

      staggering spirit…..whiskey or bourbon?

      • Wandering_Spirit

        Whiskey for the rough. Bourbon for the smoothness.

  • Bash

    Excellent and interesting video. I love this review.

  • Cobrajet

    The great thing about it was it wasn’t made by marketing or any concern about making profit margins.

  • Blade t

    63 gallon fuel tank ?? 😲😲

  • Rob

    Given people want cool/unique trucks, given the recent hope over some of the newer trucks like the Gladiator and the Hyundai, its a wonder why Lambo wont redo this truck, call it the LM03 or whatever, but make it straight up electric. People would easily eat this up as well, well the rich kids.

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