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Lamborghini LM002

Lamborghini LM002

In 1977 Lamborghini hoped to be part of a US military project and produced the rear-engined Cheetah concept for the 1977 Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland. By the early 1980s, though, American company AM had won the Army contract with their cheaper Humvee. Despite this, Lamborghini pressed on with the LM002 and it was available from 1985. It used a brutally strong and complex steel spaceframe chassis with bonded aluminium panels. Independent self-levelling suspension was fitted and Kevlar-reinforced tyres were specially developed. The engine came straight from the Countach supercar, virtually unchanged except for a waterproof air intake and fuel injection. A more powerful LM004 model with Lamborghini's marine VI2 put out 434lb ft (587Nm) torque. The interior was fully loaded with leather trim, air-con and power everything as standard.

Lamborghini LM002 Specifications

Top speed:126 mph (202 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.5 sec
Engine type:V12
Displacement:315 ci (5,167 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:450 bhp (336 kW) @ 6,800 rpm
Max torque:369 lb ft (536 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm
Weight:5,954 lb (2,706 kg)
Economy:10.2 mpg (3.6 km/I)
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