Kilometer Magazine: Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 SE

25 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Kilometer Magazine: Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 SE

generation of top-dog Lamborghini has its legacy, a lasting timestamp for new round of youthful car geeks. If you up in the 1980s, you will no doubt the Countach poster on your wall. Kids of the ‘90s my will remember racing the to its then incomprehensible top speed of 202 mph in the Need for Speed video

And now it’s almost time for the to ride off into that who knows, maybe today’s will remember the late-run With production of the Murcielago down soon we decided to a look back on the model bridges the gap between the last two the Diablo VT 6.0 SE.

The VT 6.0 SE not only marked the end of the for the Diablo, it represented the beginning of a new era as Owned by Chrysler in the late and early Nineties, then to the son of Indonesia’s president after Lamborghini was changing hands far often than it was designing new Audi bought the company in and seems intent on long-term rather than dumping the back on shaky ground.

Meanwhile, in an odd reversal of fortunes, itself is owned by Italians; but I Knowing that a successor to the would take time to Audi put its design staff the time in decades someone not Marcello Gandini would a Lamborghini to work updating the car for a few years of service. The pop-up were eliminated, a few new cuts and were added, and before the Diablo was new again, with the VT 6.0 SE pretty clear signals way Audi would take the models.

The first two characters in the Diablo’s name are perhaps the significant, standing for Viscous In Lambo- nese . that a viscous-coupling all-wheel-drive system, a of the new parent company best for giving the world quattro.

The signifies that Audi’s reworked the old Diablo’s V12 from 5.7 to 6.0 and along the way updated programming, variable valve timing, and cutting-edge materials like and magnesium into various components. Power rose 530 hp (the earliest Diablos just 480 horses) to 550, the top speed to 205 mph and dropping the claimed mph time below four

The SE signified Special Edition as the final run. Audi’s on the Diablo was instantly recognized as the of road-going versions of the model.

at the Geneva show in 2001, the Edition cars were to be the of the Diablos to leave Sant’Agata the company’s first entirely new under its engineering-focused new owners, the began production. Forty were built making the rarest of the Diablos split between two colors. Oro Elios, a metallic, was meant to symbolize a while a Marrone Eklipsis, a metallic, was inspired by sunset.

it seems, were inspired by while a gorgeous dark brown leather interior screamed “Audi.” The gearshift and cluster rings were of titanium, a connection to the high-tech that had just found way into the engine bay.

bay itself was finished in unpainted fiber, a stunning display of the that makes up much of the SE’s body. Atop the sat twin sets of magnesium manifolds and valve covers look so cool they us wonder how designers didn’t see the to use a see-through engine cover. At the the printed cylinder firing had so many numbers the list is than the phrase “valve management.”

There was also bare fiber along the bottom of the inside the door sills, and a good portion of the interior, small, poorly applied offered proof that hadn’t yet eliminated Lamborghini’s poor Italian build For the SE, the carbon fiber was woven bits of titanium for an interesting shimmer when the light was right. Appreciating every of this car is something that time and a keen eye.

The Oro example you see here, one of just ten in the was bought new by the current owner and has just 6000 miles on the tires since. The paint seems almost subtle in pictures, but once a dash of hits the metallic flakes, as loud as any stereotype about all Italian might suggest. We the sunrise reference now, once this paint over the figurative horizon, one look directly at it.

The craziest about the Diablo is its proportions, and the color seems to exaggerate It is four inches wider a new BMW 7-series. Its low stance makes it even wider, and its stubby and sharp-sloping greenhouse focus the eye on the fenders; the car looks to be all engine, a driver’s seat squeezed in out of

The taillights appear to sit higher the driver’s head. It looks a normal sports car might, if through a funhouse mirror.

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of the two scissor doors swings up to the rich brown leather and cabin, which doesn’t as dated as it probably should. the shape of the dash is bulbous, as were in the 1990s, but the layout is and upscale. It isn’t much of a back from the Murcielago, neither is as modern as the more Gallardo.

The seats are comfortable but a sort of fainting motion to into, considering their sit just inches from the and behind a large sill.

is what we expect when the cranks over, but we don’t get it. A tiger at full tilt, the big V12 is of a purring housecat at idle or under 3000 rpms or so. the motor warms up for the first few the management computers systematically down each cylinder, one at a to check for faults.

The process itself with a rhythmic in exhaust note, along a puff of smoke each a cylinder kicks back on. odd to watch, but at the same time exotic and intriguing.

Somewhere beneath the carbon and tube chassis, the SE’s is a touch shorter than any Diablo VT 6.0, so it launches than any of its predecessors and hits 60 mph in to 3.5 seconds than 4.0. the revolver-look wheels, the Diablo’s brake calipers wear a logo instead of the brake also a feature unique to the SE. of the paint job, they down with serious, force.

A lot about the Diablo similar to the car that replaced it, but noise is not among those Its engineers wanted to make it a supercar, and in everything except travel it succeeds in that. But the as a result, it too subdued for a raging

The good sounds don’t until higher in the rev range, and first gear hits 70 it’s tough to thoroughly the V12’s sonorous side. As a the sound is all mechanical and unfortunately In a barking match with a the Diablo wouldn’t stand a

It makes us happy that new owners have delivered a infusion of emotion in the time

Among the kilometer staff we a pretty even mix of the Countach-on-the-wall and Need For Speed Diablo The Countach-era enthusiasts among us met that legend first-hand admit that it’s disappointing as a true car. writer is of the younger group and meeting a legend like the was a special moment. It has the speed, the proportions, and a wonderful coach-built of feel that is rare days.

But as a road-killing machine, there’s no that its replacement is angrier, psychotic, and absolutely bursting emotion.

In a decade or so when no doubt have a new young reminiscing about Murcielagos on the ol’ it’s hard to predict he’ll say about how his childhood compares to its replacement, which show up in 2012 and is rumored to be “Jota.” Between Countach and Lamborghini added drivability and Between Diablo and Murcielago, the was emotion and proportion.

Going we think it’s time for interior improvement, with a of complicated aftermarket stereo units and rock-hard, misaligned Some added lightness be good as well, and of course, power. Always more

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