The Lamborghini Diablo was manufactured by the Italian company Lamborghini from 1990 through 2001. The Diablo was a mid-engine, high performance sports car that was capable of getting up to top speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. Once production ended in the year 2001, the Diablo was replaced by the Murcielago. Diablo means devil in Spanish.
The Mimram Brothers, which is a Swiss based company, financed the Lamborghini Company. During this time a development that had the codename Project 132 was started. This development was started in June of the year 1985 and was to replace the Countach Lamborghini. The plans for development stated that the top speed for the vehicle would need to be higher than 196 miles per hour.
Marcello Gandini was contracted for the design of the vehicle. He had also designed the 2 previous versions as well. In the year 1987, the company was purchased by Chrysler. Chrysler provided the money that was needed in order to finish the development of the vehicle. The management of Chrysler was not comfortable with the designs offered by Gandini and hired their Detroit design team in order to create a 3rd redesign. The redesign smoothed out the sharp corners and edges from the design by Gandini. This left Gandini unimpressed to the point that he would use his original design for the Cizeta-Moroder.
The newly designed vehicle would be called the Diablo and carried the tradition of Lamborghini to name its vehicles after different breeds of the fighting bull. Diablo is a ferocious bull that was raised in the 19th century by the Duke of Veragua. The bull was famous for fighting in an epic battle on the eleventh of July in the year 1869 in the city of Madrid. Jeremy Clarkson, who was a Top Gear presenter, stated that the Diablo was designed in order to be the largest head turner on the planet. It is estimated that the entire project to create the Diablo cost 6,000,000,000 lira.
The original Diablo was first shown to the public to be sold on the 21st of January in the year 1990. It was better equipped than the Countach with the standard features including adjustable seats, adjustable steering wheel, an alpine stereo system, electric windows, and was equipped with power steering from 1993 forward. At first anti-lock brakes were not available, but they would be used eventually. There were a few different options available including the driver’s seat being custom molded, remote CD changer, rear spoiler, subwoofer, and a factory fitted luggage set that was priced at over $2600. There was also an exclusive Breguet clock available for the dash that was priced at $10,500.
Over the eleven years that the Diablo was produced there were several variations of the Diablo concept introduced. The first version was the Visco Traction or VT. This version featured all-wheel drive as wells. Each model of the Diablo helped to build the legacy of the Lamborghini and the different variations all were really good sellers. There were around 3000 units sold across each of the series and throughout the eleven year evolution of the vehicle.
Overall, the Diablo was destined to become one of the best cars offered by Lamborghini. It was a supercar that was low, wide, and futuristic looking. It did not take long for the design of this vehicle to become extremely popular with car enthusiasts throughout the world. The design of the vehicle was upgraded often, which helped the car remain popular throughout its entire time of being manufactured.