Lamborghini Diablo 6.0VT

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Lamborghini Diablo


The is in the devil

The Diablo was an astonishing let down by quality problems and a of fine-tuning. But all that changed Audi’s 6.0 VT

This was a whole new in many ways as different the early Diablo as the Diablo had from the Countach

Some it was a dinosaur from the start. The of it, the lack of visibility, the outrageous speed and the, er, challenging Lamborghini was in trouble when it on the Diablo, the successor to the long-in-the-tooth and in too many ways it showed.

But the also had plenty going for it. The V12 was the of its appeal, a 500bhp monster from the magnificent engine had powered the great Lamborghinis; the and the Countach among them. The noise it made was as politically as the car itself, and that’s always the Diablo was about: an old-school of a car that was as intoxicating as it was infuriating.

Lamborghini, at the time financed by the Mimram brothers, had commissioned Gandini, creator of the Miura and the to design the new model. But in 1987 headed by Italo-American Lee Iacocca, Lamborghini, providing enough to complete the development of the Diablo.

bosses weren’t impressed Gandini’s designs and eventually own design studio in the USA made changes, smoothing the sharp and corners of Gandini’s version. was famously unimpressed.

The car that certainly looked very from the Countach. Its cab-forward was reminiscent of the Group C race of the era, but under the skin the was Countach, even though the chassis was now produced in square rather than round allowed fixings to be more attached).

A body built mostly composites and aluminium alloy great structural strength, but the of using such an old basic plus more modern-day requirements for air conditioning and electric that wound right meant that the Diablo more than the Countach and its Remarkably, it was also two inches than even the girthsome Testarossa.

Did any of this matter? the Diablo was launched, it wasn’t the or the weight that attracted the it was the power and the 202mph top speed. a machine!

It was the fastest genuine production car in the

So how did Diablo owners get on? Well, mostly found the interior a cramped, particularly in the narrow footwells, and access under the doors and over the sills was easy.

The air conditioning wasn’t use, the switchgear was fairly placed, the dashboard horrifically and the rearward visibility hopeless.

the width of the rear tyres, getaways in the early rear-wheel-drive were often marred by the highly tuned engine down or by the tyres smoking into oblivion, to the point it was usually impossible to give the full throttle until it was third gear, by which it was already hitting well 70mph. The gearshift wasn’t one to be either.

Lamborghini Diablo

But of course that was (and is) the of the Diablo. It wasn’t for the faint-hearted: it was a to be tamed by a real man. It was at well behaved in many ways, that fabulous given a new efficiency and civility multi-point fuel injection and management rather than the old or Bosch K-Jetronic fuel

And so over the following years the of the Diablo grew and, under the shadow of newer, faster supercars, the Lamborghini the supercar with the mad glint in its headlights.

The four-wheel-drive version, the VT, had been planned from the tamed the traction and the handling but in the background there remained the old problem: finance. Chrysler’s had never seemed logical, and the ungainly American behemoth interest in the feisty, time-consuming

A new owner emerged, the Indonesian group Megatech, with stalwart Mike Kimberley at the It wasn’t a long-lived relationship – but who should come along but the level-headed Germans of all the car world, the sensible Audi boys. they’d created the barmy but Audi and Lamborghini?

It seemed a marriage back in 1998. we’re more familiar the pairing, and we’re at ease the politely barking Murciélago and But first Audi pushed a redevelopment of the Diablo, the 550bhp 6.0 VT.

was a whole new Diablo, in many as different from the old Diablo as the had been from the Countach. gave it a facelift, the front and ends receiving the most and far more extensive use was made of fibre, to the point that the door and roof were (alloy and steel respectively). was used for the new 18in-diameter wheels, for the heads and for the inlet manifolds, and the was bored out to 6.0 litres, with con-rods (as used in the previous Diablo GT) and a lighter crankshaft, as as individual coil-on-plug ignition.

Equipment levels were and climate control air-con as standard. The pedals were the seats improved and the interior was with carbon fibre. importantly though, the build was better than it had ever

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