Report: Aston Martin’s Project Rambo outlines plans for tough off-road SUV

Report: Aston Martin’s Project Rambo outlines plans for tough off-road SUV

Rumours out of Aston Martin suggest the British marque is currently working on a secret off-road SUV project, taking inspiration from the iconic Lamborghini LM002. A new unconfirmed report claims Aston Martin is currently working behind-the-scenes on a new rugged off-road SUV with supercar performance.

According to UK site Autocar, Aston Martin plans to build a high-powered four-wheel-drive vehicle, drawing inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, Land Rover Defender, and Lamborghini LM002. The LM002, also known as the ‘Rambo Lambo’, was a boxy off-roader powered by a 5.2-litre V12 engine. The new Aston Martin project, internally known as ‘Project Rambo’, aims to combine off-road capability with high-performance features.

The report suggests that the British supercar maker is evaluating design proposals for the off-road SUV, which may potentially share a platform with the DBX, Aston Martin’s current best-selling model. The DBX is equipped with a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 520kW and 900Nm of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

While the final decision on the off-road SUV is yet to be made, there is speculation that Aston Martin may consider fitting its powerful 614kW/1000Nm V12 engine in the vehicle. The company had previously committed to the V12 engine for future models.

The resurgence of rugged off-road SUVs in the market, as seen with the latest versions of popular models like the Defender, G-Wagen, and LandCruiser Prado, has likely influenced Aston Martin’s decision to venture into this segment. Additionally, the positive reception towards exotic off-road models like the Porsche 911 Dakar and Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato has further fueled this trend.

Furthermore, Chinese car makers are also joining the off-road luxury SUV trend with models like the YangWang U8, Dongfeng Mengshi M-Terrain, Fang Cheng Bao 5, and GWM Tank 700, which offer a combination of opulent interiors, rugged off-road features, and military-inspired aesthetics.

As Aston Martin explores the possibility of introducing a tough off-road SUV to its lineup, it signifies the brand’s commitment to innovation and diversification in response to evolving market trends.

For more information on Aston Martin’s Project Rambo and their plans for the off-road SUV, visit the full article on Drive.