History of the Lamborghini Diablo
The Diablo came out at a complicated time for Lamborghini. They were coming off the success of the Countach and needed another vehicle to capture that magic. They were also recently acquired by Chrysler, and they needed a car that could keep up with modern supercars that could go in excess of 200 mph. When the Diablo debuted in 1990, it did all that and more! Let’s learn more about the history of the Lamborghini Diablo.
How popular was the Diablo?
The Diablo was very popular for Lamborghini, and it cemented a way forward from the wildly successful Countach. It was the first model to outsell the Countach, which is fitting as it is the spiritual successor to the Countach.
Overall the Diablo sold 2,884 models and 30 GTR models, which narrowly beats the Countach with its 2,049 models. Though it held the record then, the record did not hold for long. Its successor, the Murcielago, took it to task and sold 4,099 models.
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Did the Diablo ever have a different name?
The Diablo’s name originates in bullfighting, as do most Lamborghini model names. The public understood this in Spain where the vehicle’s name may have otherwise carried with it negative religious connotations. In Mexico however, the name was deemed too negative for public release. Instead, the Lamborghini Diablo was called the Costanga.
Was there a Diablo Roadster?
Today, we are used to every Lamborghini supercar having a convertible variant, but that wasn’t always the case. The Diablo first debuted in 1990, and there was no convertible option available. Lamborghini unveiled a Diablo roadster concept in 1992, but it never saw production. This could be in part due to the lack of carbon fiber tooling.
In 1995 however, that was going to change. The Diablo VT got an upgrade, and with it came the Roadster variant. Since then, all mainstream Lamborghini supercar models have included convertible options. It was not the first Lamborghini model with a removable roof either. That title goes to the Silhouette which was a short-lived model during the Countach years with only 54 models produced.
Did the Diablo employ carbon fiber?
The Diablo did employ carbon fiber in several components including the top in the Diablo VT Roadster, the seats, and various aerodynamic components and options.
The Diablo may actually be the first Lamborghini model to employ carbon fiber, though it surely did not use carbon fiber as extensively as the Murcielago eventually did.