The Diablo is a very special automobile produced between 1990 and 2001 by Lamborghini. In 2001 the Chrysler-owned Lamborghini handed over much of the decisional power to Audi and as a result we saw the release of the German bastard, The Murcielago.
Diablo so came to be the last American-italian bull to roll out of the Sant’Agata factory. Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear speculated that the Diablo was designed “Solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world”.The name is derived from a fierce bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in 1869.
The Diablo project, codenamed Project 1232, was launched in June 1985, with the intentions of replacing the Countach. The brief stated that its top speed had to be at least 196 mph (315 km/h).
The project is estimated to have cost a total of 6 billion lire. Upon it´s release it was the fastest car on the planet. Unlike the Countach, the Diablo were fitted with air-condition, adjustable seats and even with a pair of coat hooks.
Lamborghini, again, mounted a 48-valve V12 longitudinally and “backward” only this time it was computer managed. Originally the Diablo was intended to utilize 4-wheel drive. This was partly implemented with the release of the 1993 VT model. Visco Traction sent 15% of the power to the front wheels whenever the rears slipped.
A total of 2884 Diablos were built. They range from around €90k to €200k. Check out the awesome video by Brian Zuk: