• Jul 19, 2010
Lamborghini LM002 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hold on to your butts, Lamborghini fans. Word from Car and Driver's German correspondent is that the bullish Italian automaker is strongly considering re-entering the hardcore SUV segment. Considering that the brand's last effort into such uncharted territory brought us the Hummer-esque LM002, you can officially color us intrigued.

If the machine does make it past the planning stages, it will reportedly be based on the platform shared by the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, but we imagine it would get a powertrain more suitable for Lamborghini use – we can only hope that means a V12, as was the case with the LM002.

Another market Lamborghini is said to be considering is the entry-level V8 supercar segment. If a production model does indeed come about, it would slot below the V10-powered Gallardo. As with the aforementioned SUV, this would not be the first time Lambo has dipped a toe in these waters, as its Urraco, Silhouette and Jalpa played in the exact same market in the 1970s and 1980s before the Italian manufacturer pulled out in favor of traditional range-topping supercars like the Diablo and Murcielago.

Sadly, rumor has it that Lamborghini will not pursue the Estoque concept, leaving the Maserati Quattroporte as the only Italian to do battle with the likes of the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide. Still, the company must at least be considering the Estoque since it went ahead and produced a concept to gauge reaction. So, which of these new Lamborghini rumors would you most like to see fulfilled? Take part in our totally unscientific poll after the break.



[Source: Car and Driver]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The LM002 was awesome, but you know in today's world and under VAG's supervision it'll far more consumer friendly. The Estoque, while not a bad idea in general, didn't look enough like a Lamborghini. The V8 range supercar will give them another vehicle that won't dilute the brand image and will still open the scissor-doors to a whole new class of rich (and their money) who weren't quite rich enough for a Gallardo or Murciélago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't P Diddy already tell us of its existence?

      "Lamborghini truck, y'all ain't even seen it yet"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just brand this rig a Tonka?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Touar-enne-ielago would be the closest thing to a Lamborghini Wagon - I probably will never be able to afford the price premium nor insurance, but heck - with the latest styling cues coming out of Italia - this could be the most Bad-**s Family/Boat/Kiddie hauler in existance.

      I could only dream of pullin a 16 foot Aluminum fishin boat with such an awesome convergence of German Engineering and Italian Style - now where did I put those oversized Aviators ;o)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the idea of a four-door Lambo, but the Estoque is a bit hard on the eyes...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "But it'll ruin the brand!" Erm, no. A company that can produce tractors, a prototype military SUV and supercars can make whatever they darn well please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with this guy. ^ XD

      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, i wanna vote all 3 !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why isn't there a choice of "all of the above"???
      • 4 Years Ago
      LM= one of favorite 4WD of all times. gotta love an off-road countach that can take massive inclines and still break 80 mph with flat tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring on the LM002! Lambo please just make it as badazz as the original, and I'd buy it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like the original one, would love to see a new version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To be honest the Idea of another SUV doesn't bother if it was priced to still be almost unattainable as a Lamborghini should be. The idea of a V8 that would be slotted beneath the Gallardo could possibly devalue the brand. After seeing the actions that Stephan Winkelmann has made as CEO and after having spoken myself with Valentino Balboni at my dealer last year I highly doubt these are more than rumors.
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