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At the end of the 80s began the real boom in the segment of expensive and high-speed coupe. The first comers were the legendary Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959, and then appeared Jaguar XJ220, Bugatti EB110, and McLaren F1. Perhaps one of the most exciting and extravagant in this cohort was the famous Lamborghini Diablo. More of it read in Lamborghini Diablo Review.
In 1985 Lamborghini leadership realized that the coupe Countach needs a worthy successor. At first, the novelty requirement was only one - the maximum speed of over 315 km / h. It was decided that the car should retain a mid-layout and be powered by the V12 engine. Initially, the work progressed slowly due to the lack of funds, as the financial condition of the company at that time was far from perfect.
Famous Concern Chrysler saved the brand by buying a controlling stake in 1987. At that time the designer Marcello Gandini (known by Lamborghini Miura, Countach, Urraco and Jarama) has already prepared a draft of the future coupe. But the new car appeared to be too aggressive; interestingly, but Gandini was not particularly upset about this, and sold the project to company Cizeta, so appeared and an exclusive Cizeta-Moroder V16T. The development of a coupe lasted three years, and its premiere took place on January 21, 1991.
At the first glance it was easy to understand that after the update by US stylists the aggression in appearance has not diminished. The wedge-shaped profile, retractable headlights and rising up “lambo-doors” – were the main features of the new Lamborghini. With a length of 4460 mm it was very wide (2040 mm) and extremely low (1105 mm). Its main advantage was the 5.7-liter V12 capacity of 492 hp. With 5-step “mechanics” the coupe accelerated to 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds and reached 325 km / h. It was one of the fastest production cars in the world.
The interior was decorated with leather, and the equipment included air conditioning, CD-player, electric windows and power steering. And as an option there was a huge rear spoiler. The price started at 240 thousand dollars and of course each car was manually assembled. They have also chosen a corresponding name - Diablo (in Italian stands for “the devil”). However, it was nothing to do with the evil spirit. Almost all Lamborghini models had names associated with bullfights, and the logo of the brand - raging bull. Diablo was the name of one the most successful fighting bulls, which won several high-profile victories over the famous bullfighters.
Equipment and Characteristics
New Lamborghini was fully consistent with its name: bright, extravagant, with hurricane dynamics and unbridled temper. The huge torque of 580 Nm accounts for the rear wheels. Since there were no electronic systems at the time not everyone could cope with Diablo, even in spite of the wide rear tires in size of 335/35 ZR17. However, very soon, Lamborghini engineers have harnessed this little beast. In 1993, the world saw the modification of VT, which received a four-wheel drive and traction control. The innovations had positive impact on the coupe handling, even at high vehicle weight - 1625 kg. And to improve the ride comfort they set the adaptive shock absorbers.
Modifications and Trim Levels
In 1994, the Italian brand celebrated its 30th anniversary and decided to create a special Lamborghini Diablo SE30. The coupe received an improved 530-horsepower engine, and its weight was reduced by 125 kg. The maximum speed was increased to 333 km / h. SE30 also received slightly different aerodynamic and active anti-roll bars with variable stiffness. In total the company released 150 SE30 and 28 exclusive SE30 Jota with 600-horsepower engine. One of the Jota was a gift to the birthday of the Sultan of Brunei - known collector of luxury cars.
A year later, the power of the standard model also rose to 530 hp and the Diablo was offered in two versions - all-wheel drive VT and a lightweight rear-wheel SV. In addition to the coupe appeared two-seater convertible Diablo Roadster with a removable roof. In 1998, the whole family was updated. Externally, the car featured new optics, inside the trim and equipment was enriched with a navigation system, CD-changer and front airbags. Diablo was also equipped with anti-lock braking system ABS. Increased diameter of the brake discs resulted in the installation of new 18-inch wheels.
A limited edition included 80 Diablo GT with a 6.0-liter 575-horsepower engine, with modified suspension and brakes. This coupe was able to accelerate to 340 km / h. Even more powerful (590 hp.) and light-weight (by 200 kg) was the version of the GTR, but it was not intended for public roads. Since 2000, GTR owners organized their own race championship.
The last Lamborghini Diablo left the factory in 2001. In total the company released 2884 coupes and convertibles. And although today there are much better sports models, Diablo is still very appreciated by collectors. As it is seen from Lamborghini Diablo Review it was not as significant as its predecessor, the Countach, nevertheless it greatly reflected the spirit of its age.
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