Lamborghini Diablo

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Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini Diablo SE30
2,884 produced[2]
AssemblyItaly: Sant'Agata Bolognese
Body and chassis
ClassSports car (S)
Body style2-door coupé
2-door retractable hard-top convertible (roadster)
LayoutLongitudinal, Mid-engine, rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Engine5.7 L V12
6.0 L V12
Transmission5-speed manual
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104.3 in)
Length4,460 mm (175.6 in)–4,470 mm (176.0 in)
Width2,040 mm (80.3 in)
Height1,105 mm (43.5 in)–1,115 mm (43.9 in)
Curb weight
  • 1,576 kg (3,474 lb) (Diablo)
  • 1,625 kg (3,583 lb) (Diablo VT)
  • 1,625 kg (3,583 lb) (Diablo VT Roadster)
  • 1,430 kg (3,153 lb) (Diablo SE30)
  • 1,530 kg (3,370 lb) (Diablo SV)
  • 1,385 kg (3,053 lb) (Diablo SV-R)
  • 1,460 kg (3,219 lb) (Diablo GT)
  • 1,395 kg (3,075 lb) (Diablo GT-R)
  • 1,656 kg (3,651 lb) (Diablo 6.0 VT)
PredecessorLamborghini Countach
SuccessorLamborghini Murciélago

The Lamborghini Diablo is a sports car. Lamborghini built it from 1990 to 2001. The name Diablo means "devil" in Spanish. The Diablo replaced the Countach. Lamborghini made the Diablo in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Lamborghini built 2,884 Diablos in total. The next model after Diablo was Murciélago.

History[change | change source]

The Diablo was built by Marcello Gandini to replace the Countach. Lamborghini wanted to make the Diablo reach a top speed of 196 miles per hour (315 km/h). The company released the first Diablo in January 1990. The Diablo was built until 2001. After that, it was replaced by the Murcielago.[4][5][4]

Production models[change | change source]

Lamborghini built several different kinds of the Diablo. After its first release in 1990, it was re-designed in 1998. It was sold until 2001.

First generation (1990-1998)[change | change source]

Diablo[change | change source]

Lamborghini released the Diablo to the public on January 21, 1990. The Diablo was powered by a 5.7 L (348 cu in) Lamborghini V12 engine. The engine made 492 PS (362 kW; 485 hp) and 580 N⋅m (428 lbf⋅ft) of torque. The Diablo could accelerate 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in about 4.5 seconds. It also had a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). The Diablo was rear-wheel drive. Its engine was mid-mounted.[4]

Diablo Roadster Concept[change | change source]

1992 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster prototype, a car from which many design features were carried out to the Lamborghini Diablo VT and the VT Roadster

Lamborghini first revealed the Diablo Roadster Concept at the 1992 Geneva Motor Show. Lamborghini allowed the German tuner Koenig Competition to turn regular Diablos into Diablo Roadsters. Koenig Competition stopped doing this in 1995. It was because Lamborghini had released the factory-made Diablo VT roadster in 1995.[6]

Diablo VT[change | change source]

Lamborghini Diablo VT

Lamborghini revealed the Diablo VT in 1993. The Diablo VT was the first Lamborghini to have all-wheel drive. There were also a few other changes to the car, such as power steering. Most of these would eventually be found on the standard Diablo.[7]

Diablo SE30 and SE30 Jota[change | change source]

Lamborghini Diablo SE30
Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota (rear)

Lamborghini revealed the Diablo SE30 in 1993. It was made to celebrate Lamborghini’s 30th anniversary. The Diablo SE30 was lighter and more powerful than the standard Diablo. The engine had its power increased to 530 PS (390 kW; 523 hp). The Diablo SE30 was rear-wheel drive.

Lamborghini built 150 Diablo SE30s. Fifteen of them were changed into the "Jota" version. The "Jota" upgrade turned the Diablo SE30 into a more track-focused car. The Jota’s engine made 603 PS (444 kW; 595 hp), and 639 N⋅m (471 lb⋅ft) of torque.[8]

Diablo SV[change | change source]

Diablo SV

Lamborghini revealed the Diablo SV at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show. The SV is based on the standard Diablo. This means that it does not have the Diablo VT’s all-wheel drive system. The Diablo SV was more powerful than the standard Diablo. It made 517 PS (380 kW; 510 hp) at 7,100 rpm, and 580 N⋅m (428 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 5,900 rpm. The Diablo SV actually cost less than the standard Diablo, even though it was more powerful.[9][10]

Diablo VT Roadster[change | change source]

1995–1998 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

Lamborghini introduced the Diablo VT Roadster in December 1995. The VT roadster used the same all-wheel drive system as the VT.

In 1998, Lamborghini increased the power of the Diablo VT Roadster to 530 hp (395 kW; 537 PS). The car’s top speed was raised to 335 km/h (208 mph) because the engine made more power.

Second generation (1998-2001)[change | change source]

Diablo SV (1999)[change | change source]

Lamborghini Diablo SV (second generation)

The Diablo was updated in 1999. Lamborghini stopped making the standard Diablo in 1999. This was because the Diablo SV had become the basic Diablo model.

Updated interior

Lamborghini changed the inside of the Diablo (see picture).[11]

Lamborghini increased the power level of the Diablo SV to 536 PS (394 kW; 529 hp) and 605 N⋅m (446 lb⋅ft) of torque.[12]

Diablo VT and VT Roadster (1999)[change | change source]

1999 Diablo VT Roadster (note front fascia and rear brake ducts)

The second-generation VT was very similar to the first one. There were a few changes, though. These included an engine that tuned to make 536 PS (394 kW; 529 hp). The VT kept the same all-wheel drive system.[13]

Diablo GT[change | change source]

Lamborghini Diablo GT

Lamborghini revealed the Diablo GT in 1998. It was made mainly to be used for track racing. The Diablo GT weighed less than the standard Diablo. The Diablo GT’s engine’s size was increased to 6.0 L (366 cu in). The engine made 583 PS (429 kW; 575 hp) and 630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft) of torque. A version of the Diablo GT’s engine was later used in the Diablo VT 6.0.[14][15]

Diablo VT 6.0 and VT 6.0 SE[change | change source]

Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0

Lamborghini introduced the Diablo VT 6.0 in 1994. It shared its engine with the Diablo GT. The engine made 557 PS (410 kW; 549 hp) and 620 N⋅m (457 lb⋅ft) of torque.

There were only two versions of the Diablo VT 6.0. The two versions were an all-wheel drive version, and a two-wheel drive version. This was because Lamborghini was working on making the Murcielago.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. Diablo VT 6.0 Special Edition Archived 2017-08-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Autocar. Haymarket Motoring Pub. 2001. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  3. "Designer". Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2020-08-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. Mark Smeyers (6 March 2005). "1992 Lamborghini Diablo Roadster Prototype". Archived from the original on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. "Diablo VT, the story". 1998–2010. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  8. "Lamborghini Diablo SE30 Jota". Lamborghini Cars, the Enthusiast Site. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
  9. "Lamborghini Diablo SV". Lamborghini Cars, the Enthusiast Site. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  10. "The Lamborghini Diablo SV Monterey Edition". Lamborghini cars, the enthusiast site. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  11. Sabre (28 February 2008). "Lamborghini Diablo, part 4". The Fast and Furious. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  12. "Diablo SV (1999)". 1998–2010. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  13. "Diablo VT (1999)". 1998–2010. Archived from the original on 5 November 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  14. "Diablo GT (1999)". 1998–2010. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  15. "1999–2000 Diablo GT (80 Built)". The International Lamborghini Registry. 2000–2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  16. "Lamborghini Diablo 6.0VT SE". 1 January 2005. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.