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Old 11-28-2006, 02:20 PM   #1
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The Audi-owned Italian sportscar maker Lamborghini is building an SUV again, it seems, from prototypes spotted in Europe.

This strange-looking Porsche Cayenne is actually a mule for the upcoming SUV by Lamborghini. Because Porsche did most of the work when developing the VW Touareg and the Audi Q7 , they also got the responsibility to develop the Lamborghini SUV.

The engine for the new ute will probably be a version of the V-10 from the Gallardo and Audi's S6 and S8 , but a 4.5-liter V-8 from the Cayenne could be available. A diesel version is also in the plans, using the 5.9-liter Audi V-12 TDI.

Between 1982 and 1993 Lamborghini built approximately 300 SUVs under the LM 002 badge. The monster SUV was powered by the V-12 from the Lamborghini Countach, making as much as 455 hp. At the time, Lamborghini's offering was seen as an oddity. But with the success that Porsche has had with the Cayenne , a Lamborghini ute doesn't seem so offbeat now.

Our photos show the SUV prototype wearing Cayenne body panels, as well as a computer image giving an artist's impression of how a future Lamborghini SUV could look.




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Old 11-28-2006, 02:27 PM   #2
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:28 PM   #3
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looks like a porsche
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:41 PM   #4
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When will the suv madness end????
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:42 PM   #5
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Considering Lamborghini got their start building tractors, they have almost always had an SUV. The original LM's were monsters that put Hummers to shame.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:44 PM   #6
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Its a lamborsche!
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:51 PM   #7
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the LM002 is off the hook I've actually had a chance to see one in person. It's crazy fast.
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:18 PM   #8
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There's a reason for that...
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:21 PM   #9
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There was a LM002 around here that was sitting unused at a foreign car repair shop for years. One day it was gone and then I saw it driving around a few times. Its still on the original Pirelli Scorpion tires. Then it was parked at a gas station again for a short while. Haven't seen it in several months.
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:44 PM   #10
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:17 PM   #11
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Reminds me of all the 80 caprices around florida with 22's on them
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:35 PM   #12
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Yes, Hello? This is the VW group. We're hiring an artist.
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Old 11-28-2006, 05:06 PM   #13
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fast/suv. the concept just doesnt make sense to me, its a complete conflict of interests. buy a cayman and use the leftover money for an explorer and enjoy both for what they were made for, not some quasi-sportscar-halfassed suv that will leave you wondering why you dont haul as much as a truck or haul as much ass as a sportscar.
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Old 11-28-2006, 05:06 PM   #14
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fast/suv. the concept just doesnt make sense to me, its a complete conflict of interests.
The Cayenne Turbo S holds a top 10 time on the Nurburgring for a factory vehicle. Brute power & trucks go hand in hand. The reason most young rural studs are driving shortbed pickups these days is because they're the closest things to classic muscle cars that money can buy.

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From the inverted strakes on the Cayenne test mule, I'm guessing that VAG has discovered that their proposed Lambo SUV body provides serious front end lift at speed. Sweet.

Well off soccermoms & trophy wives in V10 SUVs FTW!
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:11 PM   #15
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Why? I guess we'll be seeing a Ferrari SUV next...or is there already one on the way? You never know these days...
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Pfft. Just tweak the LM's looks and bring it back with a modern interior and powertrain.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:22 PM   #17
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Not soon enough.

I think I read recently that Cayenne sales are in the dumper.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:22 PM   #18
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tweak them with a fifty pound sledgehammer please


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Old 11-28-2006, 10:36 PM   #19
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the LM002 is off the hook I've actually had a chance to see one in person. It's crazy fast.
If you consider a top speed of 78 (maybe it was 82?) MPH crazy fast.

Quick, possibly. Fast? Not a chance. Comical in the corners? Most definitely.
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Old 11-29-2006, 05:58 AM   #20
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While the idea of a Lambo version of the Cayenne S is mildly interesting, it seems to me that Lambo is a bit late to the party. The SUV boom is pretty much over.

And I agree that people should be more concerned with buying a regular SUV, and getting a sports car instead of wasting money on a sport-SUV. No matter how fast a Cayenne S or Grand Cherokee SRT-8 may be.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:33 AM   #21
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The Cayenne Turbo S holds a top 10 time on the Nurburgring for a factory vehicle. Brute power & trucks go hand in hand. The reason most young rural studs are driving shortbed pickups these days is because they're the closest things to classic muscle cars that money can buy.
As inclined as I am to actually believe that, I simply don't. I'd be really interested to see a source for that, seeing as I can easily name 10 vehicles that almost definitely lap faster.

Seven of which are Porsche 911's (The S, S Cabriolet, 4S, 4S Cabriolet, Targa 4S, Turbo, and GT3.). Add in cars like the Z06, Viper, S8, S6, RS4, virtually every AMG Mercedes, M5, M6, Evo FQ-400, etc. and I don't see how the Cayenne Turbo S could possibly hold a top 10 spot. Hell I'd even expect lesser cars like the C6 Corvette, Boxster S, Cayman S, regular 911s, Skyline GT-Rs, M3 CSL, Elise, and Exige to lap the 'Ring faster. That's not even counting exotics. Even if it could marginally outhandle a lot of those cars, their average speed on the Nurburgring straightaway alone would reel in the Cayenne with it's 168mpg top speed.

I'm not discounting the possibility entirely, but I just highly doubt it.

Also, where do you find the list of fastest lap times on the Ring anyway? I've searched before and not found anything.

Edit: Well, I found a decent list on Wikipedia. I don't see the Turbo S anywhere in it and indeed most all of the cars I mentioned are. Not sure how up to date it is, and even when you cull all the tuner and exotic cars off it it, you get a lot of fast times for production cars.

7.39 - Porsche 997 GT3, 415 PS/1395 kg, (quote sport auto 05/06)
7:42 - Porsche 997 GT3, 415 PS/1440kg, Walter Röhrl (Automobil 05/06)
7:43 - Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06, 512 PS/1319 kg, Jan Magnussen, 2005/06/23 (news release, pictures)
7:46 - Porsche 996 GT2, 462 PS/1450 kg (sport auto 06/01)
7:47 - Porsche 996 GT3 RS (sport tyres)
7:48 - Porsche 997 GT3, 415 PS/1440kg (sport auto 07/06)
7:50 - BMW M3 E46 CSL, 360 PS/1421 kg (sport auto 08/03)
7:52 - Porsche 996 GT3 (381 hp)
7:53 - Chevrolet Corvette ZO6
7:54 - Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
7:56 - Porsche 996 Turbo (sport auto 06/00)
7:56 - Honda NSX-R, 280 PS/1270 kg, Motoharu Kurosawa, (best MOTOring 08/02)
7:59 - Porsche 997 Carrera S, PASM setting “Performance”, Walter Röhrl, (WHEELS 06/04)
7:59 - Nissan Skyline GT-R R33, 280 PS/1530 kg Dirk Schoymans (Autocar magazine 1997)
7:59 - Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z1,405 PS/1481 kg, driver Dave Hill (manufacturer claim)
7:59 - Subaru Impreza Sti Spec-5C, 280 PS/1370 kg (Subaru News 2004 [1])

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Old 11-29-2006, 08:39 AM   #22
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I recall that Cayenne article, the car was far from stock. It was shaped like a Cayenne, but had a thumper of an engine in it. Just like the when BMW put the X5 on the Ring with an F1 V10. It set a record as the fastest SUV on the ring. Probably Porsche and BMW are going to duke it out in THAT catagory
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I'd be really interested to see a source for that, seeing as I can easily name 10 vehicles that almost definitely lap faster.
Me too.. now that I'm looking for it. I'm either helping to spread a rumor or it's a very contrived statistic. All I can find is that it is the fastest SUV on the ring , but no mention of an actual lap time.

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