1995 - 2001 Lamborghini Diablo SV
The Lamborghini Diablo arrived at a difficult time for the Italian firm. Barely out of bankruptcy and purchased by the Mimran brothers in 1985, Lamborghini began working on a successor for the aging Countach. Development took no fewer than four years, with the final car unveiled in 1990. Just like its predecessor, the Diablo was made available in various versions, including an SV model, reviving the Super Veloce name for the first time since the Miura SV was discontinued in 1973.
Lambo introduced the SV model at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, a full five years after the Diablo went into production. It was essentially a more powerful version of the regular Diablo. It had larger brakes but lacked the all-wheel-drive system in the VT. The Diablo SV was updated alongside the other trims when Lambo facelifted the supercar in 1998, but it became the lineup’s base model and was discontinued after just one year on the market, replaced by the GT. Production of the Diablo continued two years after the SV was retired until 2001.
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1995 Lamborghini Diablo SV by Super Veloce Racing
It’s been a while since we last saw a Lamborghini Diablo in the headlines, but we think this cool-as-hell one-off presented by Super Veloce Racing is worthy of the spotlight. That’s because it’s one of the last all-original examples of the diabolic bull on the planet, offered in concours-ready condition with several factory-fitted upgrades, including a unique “Ice Blue” paint job straight from the auto show circuit. Any collector would be highly fortunate to get this gorgeous Lambo into their garage, and now that it’s going up for sale, its exclusivity could be all yours – if you have the means, that is.
The Diablo is one of Lamborghini’s most iconic models, with a production run that spanned over a decade. Originally launched in 1990, the Diablo was the first Lambo road car to tip the 200-mph mark, boasting a rear/mid-mounted 5.7-liter V-12 producing nearly 500 horsepower at the rear wheels by way of a five-speed manual gearbox.
Over the years, the Diablo received numerous revisions and special editions, including the SV model in 1995. The “super veloce” designation is a nod to theMiura SV, and as such, the Diablo SV came equipped with more horsepower, adjustable aerodynamics, tweaked styling, and larger brakes.
As you might expect, this particular example gets all that and more, but when it comes to what makes it special, the devil is in the details.
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Development of the Lamborghini Diablo began in 1985, only a few months after the Mimran brothers purchased the company out of the receivership it had entered following the 1978 bankruptcy. The Mimrans invested heavily in the company’s expansion and Sant’Agata Bolognese was finally able to work on a successor for the Countach.
Development took more than four years, and the finished product was shown to the public in January 1990.
Like most Lamborghinis, the Diablo was named after a bull. Diablo, which is Spanish for devil, was a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, famous for fighting a battle with famed matador "El Chicorro" in the late 1860s.
Production of the Diablo lasted until 2001 and included nearly 2,900 units built in various specifications. A significant facelift was completed in 1999. The Diablo was replaced by the Murcielago, and it is part of a lineage of range-topping supercars that also includes the Miura and the Aventador.
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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.
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Ronald Affolteris the owner of a respected Lamborghini dealership, but he also likes to customize cars. One of them unveiled in 1998 was the Diablo Evolution GT1. He completely redesigned the car, including a new front and rear bumper, and changing just about everything that could be changed.
Exterior modifications are extensive, with every body panel being modified or replaced. Pop-up headlights were removed and fixed ones took their place. A custom wing has been added and side intakes were enlarged, and twin-ducts feed air to the engine.
The Affolter Diablo Evolution GT1 is powered by a twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 630 hp. The GT1 is a RWD driven car, with Mid-Engine engine location. The V12 engine is mated with a a 5-Speed Manual transmission.
The supercar is capable of making the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 217 mph.
The GT1 was built only on demand at half the price of a McLaren F1, but with four small turbo’s mounted giving the same power as the F1, and to make things even better, Affolter even built an Evolution GT1 Roadster edition, open top motering with even more exotic looks than the standard Lamborghini Roadster.
In 1988, Lamborghini built the Countach Anniversario, to celebrate the 25 years of existence of Automobili Lamborghini SpA, in 1993 Lamborghini again designed and built a special car to celebrate their 30th anniversary, the Diablo SE30 was presented during the third Lamborghini Day in September 1993 in Sant’Agata, surrounded by about 140 other Lamborghini’s from all over the world.
Lamborghini has certainly built its share of wild and outrageous cars over the last three decades, in 1993 it followed up its gull-wing Countach with the Diablo. The Diablo VT could exceed 200mph and sprint to 60mph in 5.1 seconds thanks to its combination of V12 power and four wheel drive.