Return of the Rambo Lambo – new Lamborghini SUV planned

Return of the Rambo Lambo – new Lamborghini SUV planned

The Internet is rife with rumour and speculation that Lamborghini may be preparing another entry into the lucrative SUV market. The previous Lambo SUV was called the LM002 (picture) and the company had, at one point, plans to throw it into the Dakar Rally battle. But the Lambo LM002 never quite made it that far. Now the Italian supercar maker is working on a model called the LM00X.

The LM00X SUV is expected to be built on the Audi Q5 platform, which will also be used by the upcoming Porsche Cajun. The 4WD Lambo will have a full 4×4 traction system, most likely based on Audi’s award winning quattro.

In terms of engine options a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that will output around 550 hp will make sense. Expected performance figures for the LM00X are around the 4.5 second mark getting to 100 km/h but it remains speculation at this stage. In reality, once loaded with all sorts of luxury equipment it may take around the high 5 seconds range to reach the speed limit.

The LM00X SUV will sit on three-door coupe architecture, with supercar-inspired styling and a swags of carbon fibre trim keeping the weight down.

The price tag will reflect all the R&D that is about to go into it and much change from $220k NZ is unlikely. Expect to see it no earlier than 2012.

The Internet is rife with rumour and speculation that Lamborghini may be preparing another entry into the lucrative SUV market. The previous Lambo SUV was called the LM002 (picture) and the company had, at one point, plans to throw it into the Dakar Rally battle. But the Lambo LM002 never quite made it that far. Now the Italian supercar maker is working on a model called the LM00X.

The LM00X SUV is expected to be built on the Audi Q5 platform, which will also be used by the upcoming Porsche Cajun. The 4WD Lambo will have a full 4×4 traction system, most likely based on Audi’s award winning quattro.

In terms of engine options a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that will output around 550 hp will make sense. Expected performance figures for the LM00X are around the 4.5 second mark getting to 100 km/h but it remains speculation at this stage. In reality, once loaded with all sorts of luxury equipment it may take around the high 5 seconds range to reach the speed limit.

The LM00X SUV will sit on three-door coupe architecture, with supercar-inspired styling and a swags of carbon fibre trim keeping the weight down.

The price tag will reflect all the R&D that is about to go into it and much change from $220k NZ is unlikely. Expect to see it no earlier than 2012.

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