Diablo was a devilishly fast vehicle when it had its run from
1990 to 2001. The word "Diablo" in Spanish, in fact,
means "devil". As a high performance supercar, the Italian
Lamborghini Diablo had but a few rivals during its run.
Diablo was the replacement car for the Lamborghini Countach, which
itself had about a 20-year run with little competition. In fact,
many were skeptical that the Lamborghini Diablo could fill the lead-footed
shoes of the Countach, which had developed a spectacular following.
When the Diablo
rolled out, it had a 5.7 litre, 48 valve V-12 engine with 492 hp
and 579 Nm of torque. The Lamborghini Diablo sold for a base price
of approximately $240,000, which included only a basic radio as
a CD player was optional.
Lamborghini Diablo could reach 0 - 60 mph in just over 4 seconds
and a top speed of 202 mph, which for its time, made it one of the
quickest off the block production cars in the world. Today, in order
to qualify as a supercar most vehicles need to make this sprint
in under 4 seconds, and reach top speeds in the 220 - 260 mph range.
its run, different version of the Lamborghini Diablo were introduced
including the VT, VT Roadster, SE 30, SE 30 Jota, SV, GT and VT
6.0. The last version of the Lamborghini Diablo to be introduced
to the public was the VT 6.0. This version could reach 0 - 60 mph
in just 3.95 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph.
Diablo VT 6.0 also featured many improvements over earlier models
such as a carbon fiber body construction, 6.0 liter engine, lighter
crank shaft, improved exhaust system, new air conditioning system
and a new 32-bit microprocessor for engine management. The Lamborghini
Diablo's new 6.0 liter engine was able to crank out 550 hp and 620
Nm of torque.
Diablo would eventually give way to its worthy successor, the Lamborghini
Murciélago in 2002 just like it had overtaken the Countach
some 12 years before.
Diablo was one of the favorite exotic
cars for film and TV for many years, appearing in movies such
as Bedazzled, where Elizabeth Hurley played the devil who liked
to drive the Diablo, thus an obvious connection from the name of
the vehicle to the character in the movie. Other movies in which
the Lamborghini Diablo appeared include the Boiler Room, Die Another
Day, Dumb and Dumber, Exit Wounds and Gone in 60 Seconds.