Lamborghini to return to SUV market
The Urus will be Lamborghini’s second SUV after the distinctive LM002 of the 1980s
Twenty-five years after the LM002 ceased production, Lamborghini will return to the SUV market with the reveal of the Urus in Sant’Agata Bolognese, northern Italy in December. The black LM002 (chassis #12231) from the Lamborghini museum, restored by the classic department Lamborghini Polo Storico, represents the brand’s original SUV creation. Turning heads in city streets, the LM002 was equally at home on dirt, gravel and snow. Its development started as a project to develop a high performance off-road vehicle for military use at the end of the 1970s. Lamborghini engineer Giulio Alfieri resurrected the project in 1981 with the LM001: 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 using the V12 engine from the Countach Quattrovalvole. In an aluminium and fibreglass body, with four-wheel drive transmission, transfer case and th...