They say that you only celebrate a 50th birthday once, so when it happens, you might as well make it as memorable as possible.
Italian automaker Lamborghini is in the middle of its 50th anniversary celebrations and since the start of the year, it’s celebrated it with the kind of extravagance befitting of its stature in the industry.
Recently, things took an interesting turn in the United Kingdom when the UK Lamborghini 50th Anniversary 50th Anniversary Tour officially opening its doors to the public.
Held at the Danesfield House in Buckinghamshire, over 50 Lamborghinis participated in the event with models ranging from the classic Countachs all the way to the current Aventador Roadsters . In between, there were Murcielagos , Diablos , Gallardos , and even the one-off Oakley Design Aventador LP760 Nasser Edition.
Needless to say, it was as close to a Lamborghini overdose as you could possibly get, and not surprisingly, Shmee150 was right in the middle of all the festivities with cameras in tow.
(Click past the jump to read about one of Lamborghini’s anniversary edition models, the Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario pride and joy}
Over the years, we’ve seen almost every match-up conceivable to test both abilities of man and machine, until we stumbled upon the following video. Cars have shown themselves against other cars for years, and even a variety of motorcycles, but before now, we’d never seen a Lamborghini pitted against a strongman.
As a part of the 2009 World’s Strongest Man competition, one of the incredibly fierce competitors was put behind aLamborghini Murcielago R-GT race car and had to hold it back for as long as possible, eventually holding the Diablo back for 6 seconds. However, before the game could get underway in earnest, the clutch of the R-GT broke and throughout the first half of the video, you’ll notice that the Murci is simply revving rather than pulling the man and utilizing all of its torque, so instead a Lamborghini Diablo racer was called in to get the job done.
The clock started when the famous supercar began to burn up its rear tires in a valiant effort to pull the strongman off his feet but it failed to do so until he let go at the 6 second mark. The occurrence of the wheels spinning may look extremely impressive, but the vast majority of the cars power and torque are lost during this spectacle and it would be a better representation of the car’s ability if it were all-wheel-drive and could access all the necessary power.
Nevertheless, it’s an incredible effort to hold back a car packing in excess of 500 horsepower for upwards of 5 seconds, and something you’re never likely to see in real life, so check out the video!
Don’t get us wrong; we love our jobs to pieces. There are a few things in this world more gratifying than writing about cars for a living, but of those "few" things, one of them is what Jason Cammisa of Automobile Magazine is doing in this video.
With the resources of having a line-up of different Lamborghinis at his disposal, Jason gets behind the wheel of each one of them for some quality down time along a deserted stretch of road. The list of Lambos that Cammisa managed to drive includes the Miura , the Countach , the Diablo VT , the Murcielago , and yes, the Italian automaker’s latest pride and joy, the Aventador .
Check out the video prepared by Automobile Magazine and see Jason Cammisa put each of these Lambos through the paces. If for nothing else, you can even check out the evolution of the dashboard and the powerful, grunting roar these Italian bulls let out when the pedal is put to the proverbial metal.
Getting the chance to see one Lamborghini driving down your street makes for a great day and getting to see five all in one place is a rare opportunity, but being witness to 50 Lamborghinis on the same road is simply unheard of. Youtube user, Maxson Goh, however, seemed to be at the right place at the right time when he was able to catch no less than 50 Lamborghini models arrive for a gathering in Singapore. Now that’s an incredible lucky man!
The most impressive part is that he had the chance to see almost every model in Lamborghini’s history in just one day, as the models invited to the party included Gallardos , Murcielagos , the new Aventador , as well as the older Diablo . Special edition models like the Superleggera and the Super Veloce were also present. Now that’s what we like to call a perfect day!
Back in 2001, Lamborghini replaced their very successful Diablo supercar with the new Murcielago . But before the Diablo was put to pasture, Lamborghini offered a limited edition Diablo 6.0 VT that only came in 40 units. This month, you may have the chance to own the very last of this special edition as it will be available for auction at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.
This particular Diablo, serial number 40 or 40, comes with only 12 miles on the odometer and it has lived its life in the large climate controlled collection of a West Coast auto enthusiast. This special edition Diablo was offered in only two exterior colors: Oro Elios (Sunrise Gold) and Marrone Eklipsis (Sunset Maroon) and all of them were offered with titanium threads in the carbon fiber weave for the body and trim, rear spoiler, Alpine premium DVD navigation audio system, exclusive two tone all leather interior and titanium interior trim.
Under the hood, Lamborghini placed a V12 engine with a total output of 550 HP, allowing the supercar to run from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 200 mph.
Nobody cares if Nicole Scherziner’s last name is hard to spell or pronounce; the former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls is still one of the most beautiful people on the planet.
She’s so hot, in fact, that when she poses with a Lamborghini Diablo , it takes us a moment before we can leave her gaze to notice the iconic Lamborghini supercar.
In addition to once being the headline of the Pussycat Dolls, Scherzinger has also made a name for herself as the winner of the tenth season of Dancing With The Stars. Oh and she’s also the hot girlfriend of no less than McLaren F1 driver and former Driver’s Champion, Lewis Hamilton.
There’s no question that the Hawaiian-born Filipino-American has the whole package to make millions drool. But for us that love our cars, seeing this goddess of a woman flirting on a Lamborghini Diablo is the stuff that fantasies are made of.
If you were a child of the 90’s and were addicted to your regular Matchbox or Bburagos, then there’s a big chance that you spent a majority of your time collecting the finer exotic machines of that time, including the now iconic Lamborghini Diablo .
Regarded as one of the forefathers of today’s supercar generation, the Diablo was the epitome of what a supercar was back then. Fast forward to 2011 and you’d be hard pressed to describe a Diablo without following it up with words like ‘rare’ and ‘collector’s item’. So imagine how awesome it would be to stand in front of not just one, but two Diablos inside your garage, particularly one that was never even sold in the US.
That’s what Jay Leno felt in the latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage”. Together with Andrew Romanowski, the president of Lamborghini Club of America and a regular visitor to the show, Leno talks shop about the two Diablos (one is the GT model where only 80 cars were built and the other is the track-only GTR model where only 30 were built) and going through and around both cars as Romanowski explains what made each model special in the eyes of Lamborghini enthusiasts.
Later on, Jay got the chance to meet the two owners of the respective Diablos and even managed to get behind the wheel of the GT model and take it for a spin, except that this time around, he had the owner’s son with him to make sure that he comes back to the garage with the Diablo GT still in one piece.
It’s a good watch for fans of Lamborghini and the Diablo in particular. Sort of makes you want to take out your little Bburago Diablos and start playing with them again.
Back in the 1990’s and earlier, Lamborghini was not known for it’s Audi partnership and derived models such as the Gallardo . In fact, it was not known for luxury of any sort, and it certainly was not known caring what any environmentalist thought.
Lamborghini produced aggressively styled, lightweight machines with massive V12 engines putting power to the road. Creature comforts were an afterthought and driving them was not even an easy task. They were not cars that you bought simply to show you had the money to buy one – it was more akin to buying a Harley-Davidson motorcycle – you had to be macho enough to drive these beasts.
The Diablo model which was the successor to the venerable Countach had been introduced nearly a decade before Audi gained control and was in need of some serious updates. What Audi helped them produce was one of the fastest and most competent Diablo models to ever come from St. Agata Bolognese, Italy.
Hit the jump for more details on the 2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0.
In a parking lot full of Lamborghinis , it’s hard for one to really stand out. Choosing among all of those Murcielagos , Gallardos , and Diablos isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. That being said, the dude who took this video couldn’t have picked a better Lamborghini to spy on when he took his camera and taped a revving Diablo GT . With only 80 models ever built, this prized Lambo is about as rare as they come and this particular one - car N°16 - shows that despite it’s age, it’s still got some mad juice underneath its hood. So much so, in fact, that the cameraman almost trips over when the Diablo GT’s exhaust did one of its patented flame-throwing explosions. We don’t need to invite anybody to watch it anymore because we know you’re going to do it anyway.
In the world of the oddly-mishapen and terribly conceived custom-made replicas, we have yet another jem-of-a-find.
Yes, that’s a Lamborghini Diablo - or at least that’s what the owner would like us to believe. Any true car enthusiast, however, would obviously beg to differ, because that piece of orange eye sore is nothing like a Diablo. An Acura NSX ? Yes. A Lamborghini Diablo Uhmm...no.
The car is located in Branson, Missouri - if you’re interested to find out - and to no one’s surprise, it’s actually being sold on eBay for a very un-Lamborghini Diablo-like price tag of $49,000.
If you’re interested, we feel obligated to tell you that this car has about 94,000 miles on its odometer and has no warranty of any kind. Those two facts alone should be enough to drive you away for even considering any attempt at making a purchase.