Lamborghini LM00X, Concept Lamborghini SUV
Lamborghini is reportedly planning to grow its product line from two to five models in the next few years and compete in entirely new segments.Inside Line reports the Lamborghini is planning to introduce a new Miura based on the Audi Le Mans with an upgraded 6.5L V12 engine producing 700 horsepower. Perhaps hoping for a piece of the SUV pie before it's all gone, the company also is preparing the LM00X, a high-performance sport-ute. Lamborghini will be building the SUV based on the same platform as it's parent Audi's Audi Q5.The Lamborghini SUV is now being known as the Lamborghini LM00X. It will feature two different choices of engines - a 400hp supercharged 4.2 V8 and a 500hp supercharged 5.0 V10. It's expected that the Lamborghini SUV will debut in 2008, while the Audi Q5 it's based on will be released in 2007.
Is This The New Lamborghini SUV?Updated Feb 2012Pictures published in an Italian magazine Quattroruote, claim to reveal the new Lamborghini SUV concept. Aventador styling on a tall Audi platform? Maybe. One thing's for certain, this ain't no rough-and-ready LM002.Lambo is bringing this as-yet-unnamed concept to the Beijing Motor Show in April 2012, teasing a possible production model that'll drop in one or two years' time.There appears to be much speculation about the powertrain, with few or no real facts. Speculation runs to the Aventador's V12, the Gallardo's V10 or even a new, more-efficient, Audi-based V8 or even [insert Italian for gasp] gasoline/electric hybrid that'll make the kiddie hauler all the rage amongst well-heeled hypocrites.Lamborghini was actually the first dedicated maker of supercars to dip its toe into muddy waters. Released in 1986, the Lamborghini LM002 was much less about ferrying spoiled brats to soccer practice and more about arab sheikhs tearing up dunes out by the oil fields. It was powered by the same V12 used by the Countach and required its drivers to shift gears themselves using a [insert Arabic for gasp] clutch pedal and five- speed. This soft-roader won't ask so much of its drivers, instead shifting for them through some form of automatic transmission, possibly Audi's new 8-speed. You know, because more technological complication people don't understand and less involvement are what the 21st century supercar customer wants. Think of this as the "Blando Lambo."