Can This Lamborghini Diablo Still Be a Monster in a Pool of Modern Supercars?
Even though the Lambo is 31 years old, it is fascinating to see it carry a six-figure price tagby Amreetam Basu, on LISTEN 04:00
The Countach’s successor, the Diablo, is a V-12 powered supercar produced between 1990 and 2001. It is filled with character, style, and incredible driving attributes defined by Lamborghini’s insane supercar ideology. Nevertheless, Lamborghini has delivered over 2,800 examples of Diablo during its eleven years of production. Even after 21 years of its discontinuation, it is still a sensation in the supercar world.
Gandini-designed bodywork has genuinely paid off
This 1991 example of the Diablo has a Rosso (red) colored exterior and features aluminum bodywork. However, the Diablo retains the wedge-shaped design of the Countach. Both the left rocker panel and the bumper covers were repainted in San Ramon, California, by Pure Motorsports. Notable exterior features include pop-up headlights, side scoops, iconic scissor doors, a ventilated engine cover, a rear wing, quad exhaust tips, and the 17-inch stock wheels. In 2013, the wheels received a chrome finish. In addition, the rear-mounted Pirelli P Zero tires were fitted in January 2020, while the front features all-season Michelin Pilot Sport tires, which were mounted in June 2022 before preparing for the auction.
The cabin features leather-upholstered black bucket seats, matching door panels, a dashboard, and a center console. Mounted behind the steering wheel is a VDO instrumentation, and the odometer reads only 33,000 miles, about 19,000 of which were added under the current ownership. Other notable cabin features include drilled aluminum pedals, a gated shifter, air conditioning, a Pioneer stereo, a display for a rear backup camera, and navigation. However, the interior looks almost squeaky clean for a reason. Parts of the center console and the instrument surrounds have been refurbished and repainted black with black ceramic epoxy paint under the current ownership.
A Lambo with a V-12 is always precious
For the Diablo, Lamborghini bored out the 5.2-liter V-12 engine that previously powered the Countach to 5.7 liters. As a result, it yields a massive 485 ponies and 428 pound-feet of torque. If launched properly, the Diablo can do naught to 62 MPH in 4.5 seconds and keep speeding up to 202 MPH. The engine drives the rear wheels only via a five-speed manual gearbox. As standard, the Diablo came with a limited-slip differential. In December 2011, a service was carried out to install new gaskets and seals. In addition, the clutch was replaced, along with the fitment of a flywheel during the reported service. A 2018 service record indicates the cleaning of fuel injectors. The exhaust gaskets and driver-side oxygen sensor were replaced prior to the auction.
What makes the Lamborghini Diablo unique?
The Lamborghini Diablo was an icon in the 1990s, and there are many reasons to prove it. The overall design evolution of the Diablo from the Countach is one of the factors why it was more approachable. It was also the first Lamborghini supercar to clock 200 MPH on the speedometer. But given that Diablo did not possess modern braking technology, not even ABS, and power steering, initially, pushing it to the limits would be unwise. However, Lamborghini introduced an AWD variant of the Diablo named VT (Viscous Traction) for enhanced traction, power steering, power-adjustable dampers, and wider seats in 1993. For more information, check out our sister site, HotCars.
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