Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Rambo Lambo" - The LM002

For some reason this bad boy has been long forgotten. If it weren't for Lamborghini's vision we may have not had the Porsche Cayenne, the Range Rover Sport, or any other SUV designed with motoring in mind.

The military always gets the coolest toys first. Case in point, the Lamborghini LM002, or as the prototype was dubbed..."The Cheetah". In 1977 the U.S. military became the proud owner of said vehicle and as the story goes, that same year they blew it up.

Jump to 1986 and the first LM002 was produced. Just over 300 were produced between 1986 and 1993 (the actual number varies from 301 - 328), all with the 12 cylinder, 450 bhp, 5 speed manual transmission & a top speed of nearly 120 mph. The fuel tank held 76 gallons of gas (that's 12 more than Arnold's Hummer H1). It came with an Italian leather interior, power windows, A/C, and roof mounted stereo. The tires were custom run-flats from Pirrelli.

Muammar al-Qaddafi ordered 100 for his army. His had a bullet proof body.

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