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1997 Lamborghini Diablo

The Lamborghini Countach was in production for 17 years before it was replaced by the Diablo, which upon its arrival was the most advanced, most expensive and fastest Lamborghini ever built. It was first show publicly at Monaco in January of 1990 and set a new benchmark in supercar design. It wore styling by Marcello Gandini, whose resume included the Miura and Countach. It had a steel spaceframe chassis developed from the Countach, but fitted with square-section rather than round tubing with 'crumple zones' in the front and rear. Lamborghini had used carbon fiber composite panels on the Countach Evoluzione model, and selected this technology to cloth the Diablo. The revised suspension system was built for future four-wheel drive and active suspension. The heart of the Diablo was the 5.7 liter 48-valve V-12 engine fitted with fuel injection for the first time. It produced nearly 500 horsepower and torque reached 428 ft-lb, and improvement of 55-percent over the Countach. To comply with emissions requirements worldwide, the V12 was fitted with catalytic converters.

The Diablo had more power and a lower drag coefficient than the Countach. Its top speed exceeded 200 mph. The Targa-style open roadster version, the four-wheel drive Diablo VT ('VT' represented Viscous Traction), and the Diablo SE (Special Edition) soon followed. A total of 150 examples of the Diablo SE were built in celebration of the companies three decades as a car manufacturer.

Approximately 200 first generation VT Roadsters built worldwide between 1995 and 1998. The Diablo VT Roadster was introduced in December of 1995 and was given an electrically operated carbon fiber targa top which was stored above the engine lid when not in use. This was the company's first production convertible. Along with the roof, the body was altered from the fixed-top VT model in several ways. They received a revised bumper, replacing the quad rectangular driving lamps with two rectangular and two round units. The rear ducts had the vertical painted design seen on the SE30. The brake cooling ducts were relocated inboard of the driving lamps and changed to a straked design. The 5.7-liter V12 engine offered 485 horsepower and was concealed by an engine lid cover that was changed substantially in order to vent properly when the roof panel was covering it. Revised 17-inch wheels were placed at all four corners. The air intakes on the top and sides were larger than the coupe versions.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019

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In 1985 Lamborghini began designing and developing a replacement for their successful Countach model. The Lamborghini Diablo was introduced in 1990 and stayed in production until 2001. The name Diablo is Spanish meaning devil and was borrowed from a type of legendary bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century. The goal for the Countach replacement was to achieve a 315 Kmh top speed.....
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Replacing the Lamborghini Countach, the 2-door Lamborghini Diablo SV coupe was introduced in 1990. With a total of 2,903 units produced during its lifetime, the Diablo in the name stands for devil in Spanish and truly classifies the high-performance supercar built by Lamborghini of Italy. Unveiled on January 21, 1991 the Diablo was introduced at a base price of %24240,000. The Lamborghini Diablo....
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1997 Vehicle Profiles

1997 Lamborghini Diablo vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: ZA9RV37P3VLA12626

After seventeen years in production, the Lamborghini Countach was replaced by the Diablo. When introduced, the Diablo was the fastest, most advanced and most expensive product ever built by Lamborghini. It was first publically exhibited at Monaco in ....[continue reading]

1997 Lamborghini Diablo vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: ZA9RU37P4VLA12621

This 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster designed by Marcello Gandini left the Sant'Agata factory at the end of 1996 in the color scheme of Blue Chiaro over cream white bolsters with matching blue center leather seats. In the summer of 1997, it was d....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: ZA9RV37P3VLA12626 
Roadster
Chassis #: ZA9RU37P4VLA12621 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$10,400-$229,900
1997 Diablo
$229,900-$890,000
1997 Lamborghini Diablo Base Price : $229,900

Diablo VT Roadster V1

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
104.30 in.
12 cyl., 348.26 CID., 530.00hp
$286,000 - $286,000
104.00 in.
12 cyl., 348.26 CID., 530.00hp
$229,900 - $229,900

Industry Production

#1#2#3Lamborghini
2002Buick (350,602)Porsche (55,050)
2001Jeep (455,417)Ferrari (792)
2000Ford (965,029)Pontiac (573,805)Chevrolet (547,294)
1999Ford (918,040)Honda (733,878)Chevrolet (609,100)24
1998Ford (878,405)Honda (751,032)Chevrolet (561,218)24
1997Ford (913,440)Honda (722,431)Chevrolet (650,820)36
1996Ford (1,036,048)Honda (680,711)Pontiac (541,844)36
1995Ford (1,012,818)Chevrolet (665,955)Honda (643,336)120
1994Ford (1,220,512)Chevrolet (651,647)Honda (650,105)120
1993Ford (1,026,338)Chevrolet (692,116)Honda (608,149)120
1992Ford (922,488)Honda (648,745)Chevrolet (647,227)156

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