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Lamborghini LM001
Production 1 1981
Class Concept Car (1 produced)
Body Style Rear-Engined SUV Four-seater, off road vehicle
Length 4790 mm
Width 2000 mm
Height 1790 mm
Wheelbase 2950 mm
Weight 2100 kg
Engine 5.9 litre AMC V8 rear mounted, four wheel drive
Power 180 bhp at 4000 rpm

267 lbs.ft. at 2500 rpm


The Lamborghini LM001 was a prototype offroad vehicle designed and built by Lamborghini. It was first revealed at the 1981 Geneva Auto Show with the new Jalpa.

Despite the failure of the Cheetah project, the idea of a Lamborghini offroad vehicle was still very much alive, and with new capital from deep pocketed investors, the Cheetah concept was redesigned into the LM001. Only now instead of using a Chrysler engine, they chose to go with a 180 hp 5.9L AMC built V8, with the intention of offering the V12 from the Countach for production models.

Unfortunately, it was not the choice of engine that again lead to failure of the design. It was the placement of the engine in the rear, which gave unfavorable handling characteristics when accelerating. Only a single LM001 was produced.


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