The goal of this project, developed by Rene Harrigan in December 2005 at Coventry University, was to design a luxury off-road vehicle that could mark the return of Lamborghini in this prestigious segment, to compete against Lincoln, Hummer, Cadillac, Land Rover and other premium brands.
The Lamborghini LM 400 is based on the Audi Q7 Plateform, adopts its all-aluminum structure and a range of engines that includes V8, V10 and V12 units.
The exterior design adopts some of the typical styling cues of the new Lamborghini, pushing the lines a bit further but keeping the overall design balanced given the targeted market niche.
The functionality is enhanced by the foldable rear bench and a lockable, extendible loading floor.
The project included some speculations about the production process, the possible model range and pricing.
The LM 400 features four different body styles: the entry level LM V8, the sporty LM-S, the luxury LM-400 V10 and the high performance LMR, powered by a V12 engine delivering 600hp.
Estimated prices range from about $54,000 for the entry-level to over $230,000 for the top-of-the-line LMR V12.
Lamborghini LM 002 (1986-1983)
The Lamborghini LM 002 was produced from 1986 to 1993 in just 301 units. It was the final evolution a project started in 1977 and aimed at supplying off-road vehicles to the US Army.
From 1977 to 1983 Lamborghini built four experimental prototypes: the Cheetah (1977), which was destroyed in a crash during US Army’s testings in the desert; the LM 001 (1981) powered by a rear-mounted AMC V8; the LM 003, equipped with a 3 liters turbocharged 6 cylinder diesel unit supplied by VM and the LM 004 (1983) which featured a 7.3 litre gasoline engine originally created for marine use.
None of these concept vehicles exist today.
The LM 002 was unveiled in 1984 and production began two years later. The final sixty units were dubbed the LM/American and introduced at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show.
About the Author
Rene Harrigan studied at Coventry University (Coventry, England) where he did his 4yr BA in Automotive Design (Hons) Degree.
His works done during the academic period included a Jaguar XJ for the year 2015 and a Jeep Wrangler. His final project was the Volvo TCC (Tandem Concept Car) two-seater vehicle.
He was involved in a design project for Ford Motor Company in 2004 and also works with PRODRIVE Motor Sports, designing sport rims for the new Subaru Impreza.
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