|Manufacturer||Mobility Technology International|
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||4 wheel drive|
|Engine||Chrysler 5.9 liter (360 ci) V8|
|Wheelbase||118 in (300 cm)|
|Length||179 in (455 cm)|
|Width||60 in (152 cm)|
|Weight||Net (including fuel) 4500 lb (2042 kg)|
History[change | change source]
The Lamborghini Cheetah was the first off-road vehicle made by Lamborghini. It was designed to be used by the military. The design of the Cheetah was largely a copy of Food Machinery Corporation (FMC)'s XR311 prototype, which was developed for the military in 1970. This resulted in legal action from FMC against Lamborghini in 1977.
The Cheetah was built in San Jose, California. After it was built, the prototype was sent to Sant'Agata Bolognese so Lamborghini could put on the finishing touches. The Cheetah was powered by a large, waterproofed 180 bhp 5.9L Chrysler engine, rear mounted, with a 3 speed automatic transmission. The mounting of the engine in the rear gave the Cheetah very poor steering, and the engine was not powerful enough for the Cheetah. This resulted in poor performance overall.