Lambo is getting ready to launch a new SUV in a few weeks.
You could be forgiven for wondering whether the world needs a Lambo that can go off road, but Lamborghini has been there before.
It’s been 25 years since the Italian super car maker launched its first off roader – the legendary LM002.
In advance of the world premier of the new URUS on December 4 Lamborghini has taken the LM002 out of mothballs to support its case.
The black LM002 from the Lamborghini museum has been entirely-restored by the classic department Lamborghini Polo Storico .
Turning heads in sophisticated city streets, the LM002 was equally at home in dirt, gravel and snow.
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 LM002 made its debut at the Brussels Auto Show in 1986.
Not surprisingly a diesel wasn’t found under the bonnet, but the 5.2-lite V12 from the Countach Quattrovalvole with 335kW at 6800 revs.
With an aluminum and fiberglass body, four-wheel drive transmission, transfer case and three self-locking differentials – the mighty LM002 could exceed gradients of 120 per cent.
It could also reach speeds in excess of 200km/h.
The SUV attracted significant attention when launched, as a vehicle unlike any other, with performance to match its super sports car stablemates as well as significant off-road capabilities and an imposing design and presence.
A total of 300 were produced from 1986 to 1992.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.