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Lamborghini Diablo

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Lamborghini Diablo

The Lamborghini Diablo was original styled by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio but its design was “finalised” with smoothing off of Gandini’s design by Chrysler’s design team.  The Diablo made its public debut at a special event in Monte Carlo in 1990.  The Diablo is a mid-engined V12 supercar and was the first Lamborghini capable of exceeding 200 mph.
The original Diablo was powered by a 5.7 litre Lamborghini V12 driving its rear wheels.  Initial equipment levels included adjustable seats and steering wheel, electric windows, upmarket stereo system and power steering.
The Diablo VT was introduced in 1993 with all wheel drive, air intakes positioned below the driving lamps, larger intakes in the rear wheel arches, redesigned interior and other mechanical modifications.  Over time many of the Diablo VT improvements were incorporated into the baseline Diablo models.  The Diablo SE30 was introduced as a limited production lighter weight, higher power tuned model.  Notable modifications included Plexiglas side windows, removal of air conditioning, stereo and power steering, fitment of racing harnesses, a fire suppression system, revised front fascia details, revised rear cooling ducts, revised engine lid, larger spoiler, light changes and revised wheels.  A number of the Diablo SE30s were converted to Jota specification for true race circuit use.  The Diablo SV was introduced in 1995 at the Geneva Motor Show and was based on the standard Diablo with increased power, adjustable rear spoiler, lighting changes, addition front brake cooling ducts and larger wheels.  The Diablo VT Roadster was introduced in 1995 featuring an electrically controlled targa top.  Modifications were also made to the exterior bodywork with revised front bumper, lighting changes, changes to brake cooling ducts, and changes to the engine lid due to the targa top design.
In 1999 the Diablo models were facelifted with the Diablo SV becoming the baseline model.  The pop-up headlights were replaced by fixed composite lenses and 18” wheels became standard.  The interior was also updated, engine uprated to 529 bhp and anti-lock braking system fitted.  The Diablo GT was introduced as a limited production model in 1999.  This was a race orientated model with a noticeably modified exterior and interior.  The engine was increased to 6 litres developing 575 bhp.  In 2000 the Diablo VT 6.0 was released with revised front facia featuring two large air intakes, revised air dam, nose panel, wheel arches smoothed, and the air inlets on the top of the wheel arches removed.  Other changes were to lighting trim detail, wheels, redesigned interior and as the name suggests the standardization from 5.7 litre to 6.0 litre V12 engine.  A special edition Diablo VT 6.0SE was produced in the final year of production with special colour schemes, magnesium intake manifold, revised upholstery and enhanced carbon fibre trim.
The Lamborghini Diablo production ran from 1990 to 2001 with a total of 2884 cars produced.
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