It's been awhile since we last heard about the rumored Lamborghini SUV, the supposed successor to the LM002. But the rumor mill is up and running again, courtesy of both Italian and British media.
U.K.-based auto magazine Autocar pulled reports from Italian magazine Quattroruote that the Lamborghini SUV is very much alive within the automaker's confines in Sant'Agata. It's still unknown what stage of development the SUV is currently in, but apparently Lambo will have something ready to unveil, most likely in concept form, at the Beijing auto show this March. Autocar contacted a Lamborghini spokesperson who neither confirmed nor denied the SUV by saying the reports are just "speculation."
"There is a lot of speculation about what it will be," the spokesperson said about a model launch at the Beijing show. "As there are no plans to build the Estoque saloon, people are speculating that there will be an SUV -- but nothing is confirmed."
While some may lament the idea of a four-wheelin', high-ridin' Lambo, it's a necessary step if the supercar maker wants to increase market share and profits (sound familiar?). Building the SUV shouldn't be too difficult, since Lamborghini could simply pull a platform and a number of powertrain choices from its parent company the Volkswagen Group. We first heard of the rumored SUV last summer, when sources within the VW Group stated the Lambo SUV will likely be based on the Porsche Cayenne platform with styling cues from the V-12-equipped Aventador.
To the SUV more attainable and a bit less insane, it will likely be powered by a detuned version of the Gallardo's 5.2-liter V-10 engine, which puts out more than 500 hp, depending on the variant. For the alternative-fuel folks, a hybrid powerplant could also make its way under the hood. Or would you rather see an Audi-sourced TDI engine? Perhaps we should take a step back and ask, should they build this thing at all? Was the LM002 a bad idea the first time around? Sound off below.