5 Italian SUVs that show what happens when sports car makers go to SUVs

The Italian car scene is full of awe. From exotic ’70s Lancia Stratos to today’s Lamborghini, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maseratis. All of these companies have their roots in racing and have carried that spirit into making street cars that are as home on the track as they are (mostly) in the afternoon. But Italian manufacturers don’t forget to make some weird, crazy, cool, good SUVs and other super SUVs. Here are five SUVs that could only come from Italian manufacturers.

The Lamborghini Urus wasn’t Lambo’s first SUV

Lamborghini LM002 | Nelson Barnard / Getty Images

You probably know that the Urus wasn’t Lamborghini’s first SUV. The exotic LM002 looks like an AMG Hummer, but it’s the AMG Hummer you drive with gloves and strings hanging around. Launched in the 1980s, it quickly earned the nickname “Rambo Lambo” for its tough looks, all-wheel drive, and 5.2-liter or 7.2-liter V12 engines. But it was an anomaly for Lambo up until then: LM002s came with full leather, power windows, air conditioning, and excellent stereo. Those were the options considered the ultimate in luxury in 1986. Although designed as a military vehicle, most have now found homes in private collections as an example of what happens when a supercar manufacturer makes an off-road animal.

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