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
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