Noisy, scary and outrageously fast, Lamborghini Diablo a true successor to the Countach
Lamborghini diablo (spanish for Devil) was actually named Diablo after a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, famous for fighting an epic battle with 'El Chicorro' in Madrid on July 11, 1869 and truly it lived up to its name as this was a brutal machine with devilish looks.
This car is very iconic and when one mentions Lamborghini, the first thing that comes in mind is Diablo. This car is a real head turner til today and forever more years to come.
This Car was produced between 1990 and 2001 it was the replacement of the Lamborghini Countach. The Lamborghini Diablo is a rare breed of true exotics. This was a godlike car which back then was hard to beat on the race tracks and the likes of Ferrari F40 couldn't just compare with it.
With a V12 engine spewing 492hp, this was a very fast car in those days. And what about the engine noise? absolutely glorious! It could serve as back up in a musical orchestra.
This a true master piece of Italian beauty with precise handling and power but also drinks petrol like champagne.
The Diablo was the fastest production car in the world for the 1991 model year,having a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph), which exceeded the 324 km/h (201 mph) of the previous title-holder, the Ferrari F40.
The Diablo held the title until the release of the Bugatti EB110 in 1991, which claimed a top speed of 343 km/h (213 mph).
Power comes from a 5,709 cc , 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 499 PS (367 kW; 492 hp) and 580 N·m (428 lb·ft) of torque. The vehicle could reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in slightly under 4 seconds. The Diablo was rear-wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance.
The Diablo was presented to the public for sale on January 21, 1990, at a base price of $240,000. The Diablo came better equipped than the Countach had; standard features included fully adjustable seats and steering wheel, electric windows, an Alpine stereo system, and power steering.
Anti-lock brakes were not initially available, although they would eventually be used. A few options were available, including a custom-molded driver's seat, remote CD changer and subwoofer, rear spoiler, factory fitted luggage set (priced at $2,600) and an exclusive Breguet clock for the dash (priced at $10,500).
Due its great success many versions of the Lamborghini diablo were built up to 2001 and some of them are
1) Diablo VT
The Diablo VT was introduced in 1993. Although the VT differed from the standard Diablo in a number of ways, by far the most notable change was the addition of all wheel drive, which made use of a viscous center differential.
The VT stood for 'Viscous Traction', and meant that part of the power could be moved to the front wheels, when the rear ones lost their grip.
The main exterior difference between the Diablo and the VT version were the air intakes underneath the front warning lights to improve the brake cooling, and the larger air intakes in front of the rear wheels, although these modifications later found their way to the Diablo 2wd too, making the exterior difference between them only noticeable by the rear mounted 'VT' logo.
The Diablo VT was easier to handle, the 'normal' Diablo suffered from oversteer when cornering at its limit, but on the VT the steering became much more neutral and less demanding
2) Lamborghini Diablo SE30 and SE30 Jota
The Diablo SE30 was introduced in 1994 as a limited-production special model to commemorate the company's 30th anniversary.
The engine received a healthy boost to 533 PS (392 kW; 526 hp) by means of a tuned fuel system, freer-flowing exhaust, and magnesium intake manifolds.
The car remained rear-wheel drive to save weight, and omitted the electrically-adjustable shock absorbers of the VT model, but it was equipped with adjustable-stiffness anti-roll bars which could be controlled from the interior, on the fly.
On the outside, the SE30 differed from other Lamborghini Diablo models with a revised front fascia featuring straked brake cooling ducts and a deeper spoiler, while the rear cooling ducts were changed to a vertical body-colored design.
Only 150 SE30 models were built, and of these, about 15 were converted to "Jota" specification (although 28 Jota kits were produced). The "Jota" was a factory modification kit designed to convert the race-oriented SE30 into an actual circuit racer, albeit at the cost of street-legal operation.
With even more tuning of the Diablo's venerable V12 engine, the Jota kit produced nearly 604 PS (444 kW; 596 hp) and 639 N·m (471 lb·ft) of torque.
An open exhaust system produced deafening engine roar, one of the main contributing factors to the Jota's track-only status, although some owners converted back to standard exhaust in order to enjoy their "super Diablo" on the road. The rear-view mirror from the interior was also removed because it was completely useless in conjunction with the revised engine lid, further adding to the race feeling of the car.
3) Lamborghini Diablo SV
The lamborghini Diablo SV was introduced in 1995 at the Geneva Auto Show, reviving the super veloce title first used on the Miura SV. The SV was based on the standard Diablo and thus lacked the four-wheel drive of the VT. the engine was modified to produce 510hp.
An adjustable rear spoiler was installed as standard equipment and could be color-matched to the car body or formed from carbon fiber.
Other exterior changes included black tail lamp surrounds, repositioned rear fog and reverse lamps as on the SE30, dual front foglamps (rather than the quad style found on all previous models), an extra set of front brake cooling ducts, a ducted engine lid similar to that installed on the Diablo SE30 Jota, and optional "SV" decals for the sides of the car.
The SV also featured larger diameter front brakes (340 mm (13.4 in)) and a corresponding increase in front wheel size to 18 inches.
Auto König in Germany created a Diablo SVS Sport in 1998, with a twin-turbo engine pumping out over 800 Bhp. Using a race type Brembo braking system, heavy duty racing clutch and an open exhaust system with either two big, or four smaller end-pipes.
4) Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
The Diablo VT Roadster was introduced in 1995. It featured an electrically-operated carbon fiber targa top which was stored above the engine lid when not in use.
The front spoiler was completely redesigned to distinguish the VT Roadster from it's 'normal' closed counterparts, the fog lights were now separated, two rectangular lights and two circular lights were used instead of the four square units on the closed Diablo's. Also, twin air intakes were mounted next to these rectangular lights to guide air onto the front disc brakes.
The last thing you'd notice on the outside were the specially designed rims, 17 inch tall front and rear, also with the three-piece design, but slightly different from the original Lamborghini Diablo ones.
On the inside, the Roadster was much like the latest Diablo VT from which it used the entire dashboard configuration, one thing was unique for the Roadster however, the seats were slightly modified and used a completely different stitching for the seat and backrest.
In addition, the leather used was especially selected for the Roadster, since the possibility of rain was always present and the leather would have to resist to direct sunlight too when driving top-less, for which the Roadster was intended of course.
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