Lamborghini Diablo

Lamborghini has a long history of making quality sports cars, and the Lamborghini Diablo is no exception.

The Diablo's history began in 1985, when it was designated as a replacement for the Countach model. Marcello Gandini, the man responsible for the design of the Countach LP500S, the Miura S, and several other automobiles for other companies created the original design for the Diablo. Chrysler, the owner of Lamborghini at the time, decided it didn't like the design and redid it. Gandini wasn't pleased with the Chrysler design, but the Diablo was nevertheless introduced in 1990. The Diablo name continued Lamborghini's tradition of naming the mid-engine cars of its line after famous bulls from the fighting ring.

More on the Lamborghini Diablo

The Diablo was produced in a single generation, getting one facelift in 1999 before it was discontinued in 2001. During its period of production, 2,884 units were created.

About the Lamborghini Diablo

The Diablo, like all mid-engine cars produced by Lamborghini, was a powerhouse and a visual masterpiece. Even the first Diablo could reach over 200 mph. The Diablo was also known for is exclusivity; the cars, even used models, are extremely expensive. With only 2,884 models made, the number of cars out there is limited. One special model, the 2001 Diablo 6.0 VT was only available in 40 total units.

The Diablo was discontinued in 2001 in favor of the Lamborghini Murciélago. The current mid-engine flagship for the Lamborghini company is the Lamborghini Aventador.

Lamborghini Diablo Evolution

The first Diablo model was introduced on January 21, 1990. This powerful car bore a 5.7-liter 48-valve Lamborghini V-12 with dual overhead cams that provides a staggering 485 horsepower. In timed trials, the Diablo could go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The mid-mounting of the car and rear wheel drive kept the machine from coming off the road when the top speed of 202 mph was reached. These stats made the Diablo the fastest car produced in 1991 until the Bugatti EB110 was released that same year.

The VT version was introduced in 1993. This model had all-wheel drive instead of the rear wheel drive of the standard model. Traction from the drive train could be distributed to the front wheels to prevent skidding during turns. Front air intakes also improved brake cooling. New brake calipers, power steering, and engine refinements were also added.

The Diablo SE30 and SE30 Jota were limited series runs of the vehicle produced for Lamborghini's 30th anniversary. The engine was boosted to 518 hp through minor tweaking of performance parts. Plexiglas windows were added to lower the car's weight, as well as carbon fiber seats. The ""Jota"" extension was installed to make the car a circuit racer. Only 150 SE30 models and 15 SE30 Jota models were made.

The Diablo SV made its debut at the 1995 Geneva Auto Show. With 503 hp, experts expected this high-powered machine to break the bank, which it did, but it was priced the same as the standard Diablo at its release. A rear spoiler was installed as well as cooling ducts and a variety of new trim accessories. Twenty Diablo SV models were produced for America only and called the Monterey Edition.

A Diablo VT Roadster made the rounds in 1995. A carbon fiber targa top was added and several cosmetic changes were made to the vehicle.

In 1999, the Diablo SV was given a facelift as the SV replaced the base Diablo model. Fixed composite lenses replaced the popup headlights. A V-12 engine created 523 horsepower, upping that impressive power once again. Variable valve timing was also introduced.

Diablo VT and VT Roadsters were also produced, which had a V-12 pumping out 530 hp. The Alpine Edition, a special run of VTs, were produced for America. No big changes on this model except a huge sound system and some new carbon trim.

The Diablo GT was another optional racer upgrade like the Jota. These models cost $300,000.

Lamborghini Diablo Features

The Diablo VT 6.0-liter and VT SE were the biggest of the line, rated at 549 hp with a bunch of other goodies under the hood. These were the last vehicles produced before the Diablo was retired.

There were also a few racing modifications for the Diablo, including the Diablo SV-R and Diablo GTR. Very rare modifications such as the Diablo VTTT, the Lamborghini Coatl Special and the Lamborghini Alar are so uncommon you may never see one in your lifetime.

Select a Lamborghini Diablo Year

2000 Lamborghini Diablo

Coupe, Sports

The 2000 Lamborghini Diablo gives any automotive fan reason to drool and do anything to have in his or her garage.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo

Coupe, Sports

Lamborghini is an extremely expensive brand.

close