|The Lamborghini Diablo is a high-performance mid-engined sports car that was built by Lamborghini between 1990 and 2001. It was the first Lamborghini capable of attaining a top speed in excess of 200 miles per hour (320 km/h). The car became known as the Diablo, carrying on Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after breeds of fighting bulls.|
The Diablo was named after a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century. After the end of its production run in 2001, the Diablo was replaced by the Lamborghini Murciélago.
|The Diablo was first offered to the public on January 21, 1990. Power came from a 5.7 L (348 cu in), 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12.|
|Engine output was 485 hp and 428 lb·ft of torque. The vehicle could reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). The Diablo was rear-wheel drive with the engine mid-mounted.|
2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT, interior
|In 1994 Chrysler left F1 and sold Lamborghini. By 1998 Audi AG took over Lamborghini and set out to modernize and refine the Diablo, while its replacement, the Murciélago, was developed.|
The new Diablo, the VT 6.0, was released for sale for the 2000 model year.
|Before the Diablo was retired, Lamborghini produced a 2001, 42-car production run of the Diablo VT 6.0 SE. This powerplant produced 549 hp.|