With all the popularity of Range Rovers and G-Wagons and the like it’s easy to forget where the pumped up SUV look began. Back in 1986, when bare G-Wagons were still primarily used for hit and run espionage missions into East Germany, Lamborghini took the off-roader and turned it into a monster by evolving the mid-engined Cheetah into the front-engined LM002.
Powered by a detuned 444bhp version of the 5.2 litre V12 from the Countach and weighing well over 2 and a half tons the LM002 was faster than a Golf GTI of the day, yet could climb a 120% gradient unassisted. The enormous Scorpion tyres were specially developed by Pirelli. 301 were built with most going to the deserts of the middle east.
Lamborghini Museum, Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.