On December 4, Lamborghini will reveal its Urus SUV, but the original Rambo Lambo launched back in 1986.

The LM002 began life in the late 1970s as a design concept (named Cheetah) for the Saudi military, but its rear-engined layout made it quite the handful on sand. The project was resurrected in 1981 as a front-engined SUV, and production began in 1986.

The brutal-looking LM002 was powered by the same 5.2-litre V12 that was found amidships in the Countach Quattrovalvole. With 336kW produced at a peaky 6800rpm, the 2700kg LM002 could storm to 100km/h in around seven seconds and top 230km/h.

A switchable all-wheel-drive system allowed rear-drive, AWD and low-range AWD. In the latter, the LM002 famously towed a tank from a boggy beach and it could scale near-vertical inclines.

Production lasted from 1986 through until 1992, with around 300 units built. Customers included Mike Tyson, Hulk Hogan, Dolph Lundgren and Sylvester Stallone. Can’t quite see a pattern there…

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