The Lamborghini Diablo is a dream car for many, yet experienced by few. As one of those few, here are my thoughts on this Italian masterpiece.
Everything about this car is ridiculous, and nothing about it is reasonable nor practical. This car is too wide for many parking spots, warranting the use of the butterfly doors, yet the interior is seriously cramped. Rearwards visibility is comparable to that of a Boeing 747, and so is the fuel consumption.
The first-gen Diablo has historical value as one of the last cars made by Lamborghini before they were eaten up by Audi. You could even consider it to be the last Italian Lamborghini. Critics of Audi built Lamborghinis will tell you that the second gen Diablo doesn’t even come close to the driving experience that this car offers, while supporters will gladly point out the fact that no Audi requires removal of a rear wheel for a minor jump-start. We’d say just let the 5.7 liter V12 do the talking. Or rather, screaming. If you ever get a chance to drive this car, be sure to wind it out to get to the factory rated 485 horses at a lofty 7100rpm. You will never miss a turbocharger ever again. Keep in mind that this car lacks all of the electronic nannies that we have become accustomed to, including power steering. We don’t miss them.
There is a totally different dynamic that you must understand before driving such a vehicle, and that the appearance. Every age group will absolutely lose it over this car. Bright yellow surely doesn’t help, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Unfortunately, this car has already been sold, but keep an eye out for more like it on The Driven Exchange.