Although the story behind the Lamborghini Diablo name is not as flashy as that of its older brother the Countach, it still packs a punch. Diablo is Spanish for devil and this car will make you feel like the devil is in the passenger seat when you take it for a drive.
Following up on the nearly twenty year success of the Countach, Lamborghini introduced the Diablo in 1990 to take its place. It maintained its place as the flagship of the Lamborghini line for nearly eleven years until its production run ended in 2001. It would later be replaced by the Murciélago.
The Lamborghini Diablo had many different versions in its decade of existence. The original model had no special moniker or emblem; it was simply the Lamborghini Diablo. Later on you would see the Diablo VT and Diablo VT Roadster (both which eventually had redone versions in 1999), the Diablo SE 30, Diablo SV (also with a second edition in 1999), the Diablo GT and the Diablo VT 6.0. Personally the GT and the VT 6.0 were my two favorite versions of the Diablo, although the entire line was strong across the board.
Nearly 3,000 Diablos were produced by Lamborghini between 1990 and 2001. In terms of style, the Diablo was not as sexy as its predecessor, but it still had a classic and sleek look. In terms of performance, though, it was a monster on the roadway. Still using the Lamborghini V12 engine, the GT would crank out over 575 horsepower at the top end. The Diablo could also reach top speeds of over 200 mph. Also improved over the Countach was the displacement of the engine. While a later model Countach sported a 5.0 liter engine, the Diablo started with 5.7 liters and ended up with 6.0 liters in the VT 6.0. The Lamborghini Diablo ended up being as powerful as the Countach was sexy. It was a great change of pace for the Lamborghini enthusiast. Ferrari may have had more notoriety during this era, but the Diablo was firmly at the top of the Italian sports car pyramid.
While the entire Lamborghini Diablo line is a sports car enthusiast's dream, for my money, you can not go wrong the Lamborghini Diablo GT. One of the hottest performance cars every developed. If I were to pick one Italian sports car from the last thirty years, the Lamborghini Diablo GT would get my vote.