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There have been lots of rumblings about a possible Lamborghini SUV. Maybe something along the lines of a neo LM002. Lamborghini spokesmen have said that they are considering entering new segments but pointed out that retro was not an option. With a corporate platform available that has produced everything from a VW to a Porsche, and a rumored Bentley sport-ute dropping soon, it doesn't seem too hard to believe. Ace spy photog Hans Lehmann has just captured what he thinks might be a Lambo SUV mule, disguised as a deep-chinned Cayenne.
By following the links you'll not only see several shots of this muscular Porsche, but also the full-sized version of the pic at right, which looks a bit like a Silly Puttied Gallardo. Although the mind reels at the thought of Porsche developing a Lamborghini, the G and Murci have already had German hands massaging every inch of them, and Porsche has already done a good job with the Audi Q7 and the Volkswagen Touareg.

The Gallardo-derived V-10 from the Audi S6 and S8 is likely to find its way underhood, as well as possibly a smaller 4.5-liter V-8. And it's not too big of a leap to think this might be the first Lambo to offer a diesel option since the old tractor days. While the mule doesn't offer a lot info other than the deep front fascia and the big wheel arches, the concept sketch reminds us of the Murano a bit and makes the thought of a non-military inspired Lamborghini SUV somewhat more palatable.

[Source: Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The original LM002 was "the Lamborghini as an off-roader." Take one Lamborghini engine -- you remember when there was only one Lamborghini engine and only one Lamborghini anybody knew or cared about, don't you? That's right, the owns-all nuts-excess V12 -- and put it under the hood of a legitimate off-road chassis with gigantic tires -- you remember when "SUV" was a nascent term being applied to Explorers and the legit desirable off-roaders were called 4x4s, don't you?

      This is a warmed-over (!) Cayenne. Just another mommywagon mutated with imitation testosterone to make well-to-do husbands feel less crappy about giving up their sports car. It is not a legitimate Lamborghini.

      A real modern "LM" would be the Murcielago engine in tall high-clearance off-road duds with big shoes. It would scare the bejeezus out of all who saw it with its ostentatiousness, looking like it was just deployed from the belly of a spaceship by U.S. Marines from the year 2497 here to save us from our lameness.

      That's what Lamborghini means. Look it up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Retro should be reserved for design studios that lack creativity, or companies in serious financial trouble. As an exotic brand, Lambo should NEVER sellout to the lame retro trend (I had faith when they ditched the idea of the retro Miura). They should be steering the direction of automotive design, not following it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Please No!

      Not another reputable car maker selling out!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yikes! It looks like an over inflated Lambo. Is it me, or does this look like something a Russian car maker would be putting on the road?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where are the "roll eyes" emoticons when you need them?

      But of course, why not? While some might question the need for one of these things, it's not about need. And while some might question the impact on world resources, the typical Toyota Yaris will burn more fuel in its lifetime than the "average" Lambo SUV.

      I say fire away. There are magazines out there that need cover shots!
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, they just take the current lambo design cues and marshmallow-ize it?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, Phil, not selling out. If anything, it's retro (at least in spirit), to anyone who remembers the LM002. It's not a first for Lamborghini.