Jay Leno drives the Lamborghini LM002

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Lamborghini is gearing up for the launch of a new SUV in 2018, but this will actually be the Italian marque’s second high-riding model.

The original was the LM002, an SUV built in an attempt to secure a military contract in the mid-1980s.

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Lamborghini didn't get the contract but went ahead and built a small run of the vehicles which quickly garnered the nickname Rambo Lambo because of their tough, Hummer-like design. Perhaps it was also because the LM002 came with a 5.2-liter V-12 borrowed from the Countach. The engines were powerful enough to get the big bruisers from 0-60 mph in around 7.7 seconds.

Only around 300 were ever made and one of them, a 1990 model, recently paid a visit to Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno, as we all know, is a Lamborghini lover, so it’s interesting to see what he thinks of the LM002. On hand to present the car was Damiano Barbuscia of Californian dealership Franco Europeans.

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