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Lamborghini Building Smaller, Supercar-Styled SUV

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On: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Building Smaller, Supercar-Styled SUV

Rumors of the development of a new LM002 have been heating up of late and Auto Express reports some new details today, based on conversations with "industry insiders." The original LM002 was phased out back in the early 1990s and the SUV market has undergone much change since then—from the explosion around the turn of the century to the more modest, fuel-obsessed state of the market today. Lamborghini's new SUV effort will reflect today's market, aiming to be a smaller crossover, rather than the big, brutish "Rambo Lambo" of the late 80s and 90s.

The new, modest Rambo Lambo is called the LM00X, at the moment, and is being based, in part, on another upcoming premium CUV: the Porsche Cajun. The LM00X will share its platform with the Cajun and Audi Q5.

The original LM002 used Lamborghini's biggest engine of the time: the V12 from the Countach, but the three-door LM00X will not share the 700-hp V12 with the Jota. Instead, it will get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from Audi that will carry around 550 horses. We assume that Lamborghini is using some of its Sesto Elemento-type composite construction to keep weight down and performance up. Auto Express indicates a 0 to 62 mph under four seconds.

In another move that is sure to dilute the LM family tree, Lamborghini will reportedly inject the crossover with a supercar-inspired face designed to make it blend in with the rest of the line. In contrast, the original LM002 didn't look anything like a Countach, but stood pretty tall on its own two feet as a hard-core, desert-shredding machine. We're not sure that a Jota/Gallardo face will do much for the LM00X's off-road cred, but I guess that's not really what Lamborghini's going for in any way shape or form anyway.

To see just how horrible this thing could look, take a look at World Car Fans' rendering. It's such an acute disappointment, I refuse to post it here.

I'm not sure I'm very psyched at all about the LM00X. When I first heard rumors of an LM002 resurrection, I was assuming an all-out, off-road machine as a spiritual successor to the original. Not a watered-down, car-based, Lambo-badged Porsche Cayenne three-door. I mean, it's not like the LM00X is going to be a high-volume option for well-to-do housewives, so why not just make it the all-out off-roading dream machine that it originally was—pretty much an off-road Lamborghini. Instead, you have a diluted LM SUV that will supposedly cost around £100,000 ($160K). Useless.

Launch is projected in 2012.

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