The Lamborghini Diablo is one of those super cars you cannot stop dreaming about.
The Italian marque made its name crafting frighteningly-fast, impeccably designed and utterly bonkers super cars. The Diablo was no different - it was the first production car to smash the 200 mph barrier.
The Diablo, meaning ‘Devil’ in Spanish, was the height of luxury when it was first launched in 1991. But it had one heck of a mean streak. It was almost impossible to tame. After all, in true Lamborghini spirit, it was named after a ferocious 19th-century bull raised by the Duke of Veragua.
After 11 successful years at the helm, Lamborghini finally replaced the Diablo with the Murcielago in 2001. But the Diablo spirit is still something modern-day super cars try so desperately hard to replicate. And often fail to achieve.
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Lamborghini Diablo Specs
Lamborghini launched its stunning Diablo model for sale in 1990. The linear, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car had big shoes to fill from its predecessor: the glorious Countach. Chrysler had just acquired the Italian manufacturer and was eager for something big.
The Lamborghini engineers aimed high and delivered. The Diablo was more luxurious and better equipped compared to the Countach. Its gurgling 5.7-liter V12 engine kicked out an impressive 490 bhp and powered from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. The Diablo was terrifyingly fast: this was the first production car off the Sant’Agata Bolognese production line to reach over 200 mph.
The Diablo’s design is simply breathtaking. Wide, low and futuristic – an instantly recognisable demon that stuck two fingers up during a largely conservative motoring era. Its timeless wedge shape encompasses pure Italian craftmanship with flair. Bertone’s chief designer, Marcello Gandini, signed off in style: the Diablo was Gandini’s last design for Lamborghini.
Design was a big selling point with the Lamborghini Diablo. Even in its later versions, the dashboard is a wave-shape – taking influence from upmarket Hi-Fi manufacturers. In 1993, the Diablo came with power steering, power seats and an Alpine stereo. Under the influence of Horacio Pagani, it helped revolutionise the use of carbon fiber in sports cars. You weren’t just fast – you were comfortably fast.
Over the next 11 years, Lamborghini would introduce numerous iterations of the Diablo. From racetrack to concept cars, Lamborghini explored all avenues as the Diablo grew in popularity. In its lifespan, almost 3,000 units were sold worldwide. Enough to satisfy demand but remain somewhat a rarity.
Lamborghini Diablo Models
The mark of a good design: in 11 years of production, the Lamborghini Diablo enjoyed only one major facelift.
Aesthetic tweaks are common among 'new' versions. But when a car looks as good as the Lamborghini Diablo, there is little need to do anything drastic. The Diablo shape lasts the test of time.
Lamborghini still experimented with several iterations of the Diablo. The Roadster concept was first unveiled in 1992, before production began in 1993. The Roadster VT came soon after, which changed the market’s outlook on all-wheel drive super cars.
To commemorate its 30th anniversary in 1993, Lamborghini released the Diablo SE 30 and SE 30 Jota. The SE 30 – like this one on the Racing Edge Paddock – is essentially a street-legal race car. It is lighter and more powerful than a standard Diablo, with a slightly-refined design. The SE 30 was made with the aim of closing the gap on the legendary Ferrari F40.
Only 150 SE 30 units were made. Just 15 models actually featured Jota specs. Jota was Lamborghini’s factory-upgrade package, making it a non-road legal circuit racer. At the time of its launch, the Jota was the fastest production vehicle around with a staggering 595 bhp.
The 1995 SV – Super Veloce – featured increased power and an adjustable rear spoiler. It would later become the base model for the series.
In 1998, advised by Audi, Lamborghini modernised the Diablo. Most noticeably, its unique pop-up headlamps were replaced with fixed lenses. Increased power featured in newer versions of the Diablo VT and VT Roadster.
Lamborghini also made smaller production runs targeting America. These models, such as the Diablo SV Monterey Edition, Diablo VT Alpine and Diablo Momo edition focused on aftermarket products aimed at a U.S. audience.
Lamborghini Diablo GT
As the Lamborghini Diablo became more popular, it began to have an impact on pop culture. Its beastly moniker made it the bad guy. The Diablo was featured in James Bond film Die Another Day as well as mid-90s cult classic Dumb and Dumber. The SV, meanwhile, became the flagship car for popular gaming series Need for Speed.
Lamborghini’s ownership changed again in 1998 as Audi took control. It would mark a big year for the Diablo, which would be modernised while its successor – the Murcielago – was being built.
The Diablo GT came the same year. Largely based on the SE 30 and SE 30 Jota, only 80 units of this marvellous track-inspired, road-legal model. Its components were unique, the bodywork was much more aggressive, the engine larger and the interior stripped down to save on weight. The V12 held a new displacement as the GT kicked out an impressive 575 bhp.
Later came the Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 and VT 6.0 SE, featuring a reworked design and now-classic 5-hole phone dial style wheels.
The Diablo was also raced – Lamborghini produced purpose-built racing models of the Diablo for the track. While not as successful as originally thought, the GT1 Stradale, SV-R, GT2 and GTR all command respect in the paddock.
Lamborghini Diablo for sale
The Lamborghini Diablo is as quintessential to the 1990s as cell phones, the growth of the internet and Clueless.
It is a demonic super car, the last of a dying breed before big corporations started pulling in the reins. Its exceptional lines, its frightening speed, its bonkers capabilities all encapsulated the true essence of driving a super car. Some even argue the Diablo is the last ‘true’ Lamborghini before Audi stepped in.
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