For $180k this Lamborghini LM002 is a lot of V12 Italian SUV

You could have a Cayenne Turbo S, or this. Where would you park your money?

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Jeff Creech/RM Sothebys
You could have a Cayenne Turbo S, or this. Where would you park your money?
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
Until whatever the production version of the Lamborghini Urus is called comes out, or the Maserati Levante, your options for premium Italian SUVs are slim. All photos: Jeff Creech/RM Sothebys
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
It's this or an old Laforza. And only one of those has a 5-liter, quad-cam V12 with a bull on it.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
This particular example was originally delivered to the U.S., making it one of a very select few. It has 32,000 miles from new.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
There's the V12 in the flesh, rated at 444 hp with a half-dozen Webers bolted up. This one still has the original carbs, a desirable setup.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
At 5720 lbs, with those carbs feeding a huge, high-performance engine, fuel economy was laughable. To make fill-ups even harder to swallow, there's a 76-gallon fuel tank to consider.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
The combined headaches of fuel consumption, maintenance concerns, and nearly unobtanium Pirelli Scorpion tires pale in comparison to the stance and attitude of these behemoths.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
Period performance data is, frankly, awesome. 0-60 takes an LM002 only 7.7 seconds—not slow by modern standards, but near-incredible for 1988, for a huge SUV.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
A closer look at where those Webers reside. The engine bay could use a detailing but it doesn't betray any fundamental issues at a glance.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
Likewise, the interior shows some use but not abuse.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
Seating is strictly for four in an LM002, with a wide (but not HUMVEE-wide) center tunnel.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
Lovely period VDO gauges spruce up the dash, but exposed fasteners are a less happy reminder of the decade.
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1988 Lamborghini LM002
RM Sotheby's is offering at the Motor City auction in Plymouth, Michigan on July 25th. It's expected to bring $140-180,000 at auction.
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