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Rumors Bring Both Good and Bad News For Lamborghini Lovers

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On: Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 9:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

Rumors Bring Both Good and Bad News For Lamborghini Lovers

A new report from Car and Driver's German correspondent indicates that Lamborghini may be looking to return to several market segments that it abandoned back in the 80s and 90s. The sports car marquee is reportedly looking at the possibility of a new, hardcore SUV and an entry level model that will slate in below the Gallardo. On the flip side, rumors indicate that a possible four-seater is all but dead.

Back in the late 80s and 1990s, the Lamborghini we know and love was somewhat of an anomaly. The company still had the timeless sports masterpieces that the brand is recognized most for—like the Countach and Diablo, but it also had something entirely different: a large, civilian/military SUV named the LM002. Those who don't know any better might look at pictures of the LM002 today and think that the Raging Bull badge was photoshopped on. At the time, however, the 'Rambo Lambo' was quite popular, providing an entirely new dynamic to the brand. The jeep carried over the V12 engine from the Countach and offered incomparable desert performance thanks to an extra large radiator and Pirelli Scorpion tires. Alas, it was killed off in 1992.

New rumors coming from "very high-placed sources" indicate that Lamborghini may be planning an LM002 revival. The company is currently considering a hardcore SUV that would be based on the platform used by VW siblings, the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. According to the rumors, the platform will be the only part of those SUVs that is recognizable in the Lamborghini SUV, leaving some hope that the new SUV will look a lot like the LM002.

Lamborghini is also considering going somewhere that it hasn't been since the late 80s. Back when the LM002 was but a conceptual dream, in th 1970s, the company offered a car for the casual, entry-level Lamborghini buyer. Originally, launched as the Urraco, the V8 car was revised into the Silhouette and the Jalpa, surviving all the way until 1988. Only around 1,000 examples of the three models were built, with the rarest being the open-top Silhouette—just 54 were built.

Lamborghini is currently considering bringing back an entry level V8 model. The new model would give prospective Lambo buyers something smaller and cheaper to consider below the Gallardo.

. . . you simply must hear the LM002 in first gear . . .

Unfortunately, the latest indications are that new Lamborghini models will not include a larger four-seater. After considering both an Espada revival and production version of the Estoque concept, Lamborghini is apparently done with four-seat cars for the time being and won't be proceeding with either model.

The Espada was a two-door, four-seat model powered by a 340hp V12 engine. It launched in the late 60s and lasted 10 years. The four-door Estoque concept was launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Outside of the angular, Reventón-like grille, the Estoque was rather sleek and understated for a Lamborghini. It's a shame that neither is likely to see production.

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