The precursor — Lamborghini LM002 was a mad, all-terrain super-vehicle long before the term SUV was coined

Utility with extra sport

by Andy Bryenton

Lamborghini is making a ‘crossover’ sports utility now. Aston Martin has one in the works. Bentley’s immense Bentayga and Rolls Royce’s even larger Cullinan are more stately edifice than car — symbols of ancient Babylonian levels of style and excess. Even Ferrari has a sports utility in the pipeline, despite rumours that the ghost of Enzo Ferrari may haunt those who have perpetrated such a transgression. Rumours by the purists that is.

The question is, of course, whether it’s wise to purchase several hundreds of thousands of dollars of luxury, powerful SUV. Especially when the sports cars made by this list of venerable, respected, masterful companies represent the pinnacle of auto engineering, artistry, and speed. Is a super SUV, when it comes right down to it, a better investment than a Land Cruiser?

When Lamborghini was founded in 1963 and began work on the devastatingly gorgeous Miura sports car, the Land Cruiser name was already nine years old. The current hard-as-nails, go-anywhere model has remained unchanged in style since 1984. It’s fought in wars. It’s delivered aid in disasters.

It’s crossed deserts and bashed through jungles. With a big 4.2 litre diesel, the J70 series has not just proven that it can do the business on a test track, but in some of the most hostile conditions in the world, while being shot at.

For the school run or to tow the boat, then, it should definitely suffice.

Toyota’s three-decade-old design is not shocking or new, and it’s not designed to blitz lap records, either. There is set to be a battle for the world’s fastest SUV as top sports car names pitch their hats into the ring, but in a way, that’s like being the ‘world’s strongest clown’ — astounding, but outside of the original design brief. If you want to traverse harsh terrain, with a large group of passengers and luggage, the Land Cruiser remains a benchmark. If you want a crossover that shocks with its ultra-modern design,

Toyota does that too. It’s called the C-HR. If you want to go very fast in a pedigree branded vehicle, buy the one with two doors and a roofline that stops near your navel. Moreover, if you want a blisteringly loud, stunning, expensive Lamborghini SUV, check out the LM002 from 1986. A beautiful monster — too weird to live and too rare to die.