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Why was the Lamborghini Diablo such a big deal?

How fast was the Lamborghini Diablo?

When designing first began on the first successor to the Countach, there was one major milestone jotted down in the brief. The car was to exceed 315 km/h of 196 mph. To an American audience, 196 mph doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as 200 mph, but apparently, we had nothing to worry about. How fast was the Lamborghini Diablo? Let’s find out!

Lamborghini Diablo VT yellow front side viewTop speed of the Lamborghini Diablo

When the Diablo was finally unveiled in 1990, this beast had a top speed of 202 mph. Not only was this significant for surpassing the Countach, but it also marked the first time a production car had ever had a top speed over 200 mph. When it comes to acceleration, the standard Diablo was capable of going from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds. This was another impressive milestone for the time.

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Lamborghini Diablo SV silver side viewStandard power and specs for the Lamborghini Diablo

The Lamborghini Diablo saw many different variants over its 11-year lifecycle. However, that first model, which was able to get over the 200 mph mark, was impressive on its own. It employed a 5.7-liter V12 that was capable of producing 485 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. Also, it was a rear-wheel drive model.

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Lamborghini Diablo GT yellow front viewWhat was the fastest Lamborghini Diablo?

The Diablo has a ridiculously long list of variants. There was the Diablo, Diablo VT, Diablo SV, and the Diablo VT Roadster all before 1999. After 1999, the Diablo received a major facelift and new variants followed with revised Diablo SV, Diablo VT and VT Roadster, the Diablo GT, and the Diablo VT 6.0.

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The last two on the list received an even larger engine with a 6.0-liter V12 that was capable of producing 575 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in the GT and 550 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque in the VT 6.0. It’s also worth noting that the standard Diablo, all SV models, and the GT were all rear-wheel drive. The VT models were all four-wheel drive.

With all that said, independent sources state that the Diablo GT could achieve a top speed in excess of 215 mph. Those sources also provide a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds putting the Diablo GT right at home with modern supercars.