The Lamborghin Diablo was launched in 1990 as the successor to the iconic Lamborghini Countach. Chrysler bought Lamborghini in 1987 and the Diablo was developed under their stewardship. The Diablo name came from the Spanish word for “Devil". Like the Countach before it, the Diablo shape was penned by Marcello Gandini. The design elements included the slant front end, steeply raked windscreen and scissors doors. However, the final design was refined by Chrysler's studio in the USA, smoothened all sharp edges and corners, improved cooling and aerodynamics. Overall, the Diablo design looks amazing even now over 30 years after its initial launch.
From a platform perspective, the Diablo was merely an enhancement of the Countach. It still had a spaceframe chassis, aluminium body and transmission layout that was largely unchanged, with the exception that the new car gained more length, width and wheelbase as well as a touch more cabin space. As a result, a standard Diablo tipped the scale at more than 260 lbs heavier than the last Countach.
Straightline performance was never a problem to the Diablo, because it's epic 5.7-litre V12 produced close to 500 horsepower. It recorded 0-60mph in 4.5 second and a top speed of 202 mph by independent magazines. It was the fastest production supercar of its time (not for very long in fairness). The V12 was always the jewel of the crown. Powerful and sharp throttle response aside, it impressed most with its thundering roar, a sound we will never tire of. Louder and rawer than Ferrari’s V12, the Lamborghini engine noise was still the top of the supercar bunch. Handling was average at best, the Diablo just too heavy, too wide, too bulky to handle. Several updates over the years improved the Diablo immensely and by the end of its production run it was considered a legitimate top-tier supercar. Below, we take you through the models, history and specs as well as anything else you could ever want to know about the Lamborghini Diablo.