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2000 Lamborghini Diablo Review
For anyone who has the need for speed.
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The 2000 Lamborghini Diablo gives any automotive fan reason to drool and do anything to have in his or her garage. Marcelo Gandini designed it, and it comes handcrafted from the carmaker’s factory in St. Agata Bolognese, Italy. Lamborghini creations focus on speed and looks. Among the top Italian car brands, the Diablo serves as the predecessor of modern supercars.
Aside from the brute power and cool styling, the Diablo adds to the equation lower emissions and better safety features. It makes for a speed monster, with a dose of refinement in its architecture.
Engines: 5.7-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Lamborghini Diablo Roadster, Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Diablo VT, Lamborghini Diablo Alpine VT coupe, Lamborghini Diablo MOMO Roadster
Lamborghini debuts the Alpine VT coupe and the MOMO Roadster. The new Viscous Traction offers traction control that sends power to the front wheels when the rear wheels lose their grip on the road. The Roadster comes with a removable road that can be temporarily stowed atop the engine cover.
The suspension elements in front show off redesigns so the foot box inside can be redesigned. The front of the frame widens a bit to give way to slightly bigger pedals that seem easier to use.
The climate control and the seats also get revised for the 2000 Lamborghini Diablo. The new cooling system works automatically and offers better cooling capacity.
The exotic styling defines the overall look of the 2000 Lamborghini Diablo. It has a very low and aggressive stance. Its doors open by swinging up like gullwings. The rear spoilers crown the lid of the rear deck. Peek through the rims and you see giant disc brakes to ensure that the car can stop when needed. The lines and curves contribute to an excellent coefficient of drag pegged at 0.32.
The front and rear bumpers, as well as the side mirror, follow the color of the vehicle’s body. The front features halogen headlamps surrounded by projector beam lens. The Diablo also comes equipped with fog lights.
The 2000 Lamborghini Diablo does not offer a lot of space. It only accommodates two slender people in front and maybe medium-size luggage in its cargo space that holds a maximum of five cubic feet. The interior only offers 37 inches of headroom, 31.5 inches of hip room, 40 inches of legroom, and 59 inches of shoulder room.
The sport seats come hugged in leather. The same leather treatment graces the gearshift knob and the steering wheel.
This Italian exotic also features some unexpected elements. It hides small compartments behind its seats, an ashtray, map lights, and even coat hooks.
The MOMO injects some style elements and electronics. This includes a carbon fiber dashboard, door sills, and a console. This version also comes with a navigation system and a radar detector. The Alpine model pours in the sound system from Alpine, a camera, a navigation system, and other functional accessories.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Lamborghini Diablo uses a big 5.7-liter V-12 for its heart that outputs a monstrous 530 hp while roaring at 7100 rpm. During its time, it served as the fastest street-legal car in Europe. This engine brings the Diablo from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds, and it reaches a top speed of more than 208 mph.
It comes equipped with large disc brakes and an anti-lock brake system on all corners. It has a very responsive suspension system. The Diablo utilizes a wishbone setup for the front and rear, plus stabilizer bars with coil springs working independently.
The handling of this speed beast seems quite benign. Nimble might not be the right word, but it remains quite forgiving and stable. Drivers who turn too fast have to deal with some acceptable under steer, but it never fishtails. Due to its configuration, rearward vision remains very limited and backing to a parking space provides a tough challenge.
The V-12 satisfies the craving for some much-needed grunts and roars as the driver steps on the throttle.
The 2000 Lamborghini Diablo comes standard with front airbags for its occupants. Its seat belts use pretensioners and their heights adjust as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
- V-12 performance
- Cool styling
You Won't Like
- Fuel consumption
- Cramped interior
For anyone who has the need for speed.
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