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Lamborghini Diablo is a high-performance supercar in production from 1990 to 2001. It was available with a various tunes of two Lamborghini V12 engines that displaced 5.7 to 6.0 liters. Debuted with RWD, most Diablos were sold with AWD. The only transmission offered was a 5-speed manual.
Perhaps the most iconic sports car of the 1990s, the Diablo boasts an exceptionally bold exterior styling. With its scissor doors open, the Diablo found its way on posters in many children's bedrooms.
However, even with AWD, the vehicle is a handful to handle. Its wedge-like styling looks cool but is not particularly aerodynamic.
With a 15.2L/100km (15.5mpg) fuel "dis-economy", owners have to be prepared to pay for their "smiles-per-mile". Utility-minded owners will likely need to keep an alternative for hauling things around, as the tiny cargo space is almost surely insufficient.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the Lamborghini Diablo comes with double-wishbone suspensions at all four corners. This provides the good cornering performance and durability.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 94% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Iconic Lamborghini V12
  • Iconic styling
  • Scissor doors
Cons
  • Very high fuel consumption
  • Very little cargo space
  • Hard to handle

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Specifications

Variants:
Diablo GT
Diablo GT2
Diablo SE30
Diablo SV
Diablo VT
Diablo VT 1999
Diablo VT 6.0

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
140 L / 4.9 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity
15.0 L / 15.9 qt
Diablo GTEngine Oil Capacity
15.0 L / 15.9 qt
Diablo VT 6.0Engine Oil Capacity
15.0 L / 15.9 qt
Diablo GT2Engine Oil Capacity
17.0 L / 18.0 qt
Diablo SVEngine Oil Capacity
13.0 L / 13.7 qt
Diablo VTEngine Oil Capacity
13.0 L / 13.7 qt
Diablo VT 1999Engine Oil Capacity
13.0 L / 13.7 qt
Fuel Capacity
100.0 L / 26.4 gal
Passengers
2
Diablo GTPayload
405 kg / 893 lbs
Diablo VT 6.0Payload
225 kg / 496 lbs
Diablo SVPayload
320 kg / 705 lbs
Diablo VTPayload
215 kg / 474 lbs
Diablo VT 1999Payload
270 kg / 595 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Power Steering
Hydraulic Steering
Suspension | Front
Double-wishbone
Suspension | Rear
Double-wishbone
Diablo GTTire Size
245/35 ZR18, 335/30 ZR18
Diablo VT 6.0Tire Size
235/40 ZR18, 335/30ZR18
Diablo SVTire Size
235/35 ZR18, 335/30 ZR18
Diablo VTTire Size
245/40 ZR17, 335/35ZR17
Diablo VT 1999Tire Size
235/35 ZR18, 335/30 ZR18

Construction

Diablo GTBody Style
2-door Coupe
Diablo VT 6.0Body Style
2-door Coupe
Diablo GT2Body Style
Coupe
Diablo SE30Body Style
Coupe
Diablo SVBody Style
2-door Coupe
Diablo VTBody Style
2-door Coupe
Diablo VT 1999Body Style
2-door Coupe

Dimensions

Diablo GTSize | Height
1115 mm / 43.9 in
Diablo VT 6.0Size | Height
1105 mm / 43.5 in
Diablo SVSize | Height
1115 mm / 43.9 in
Diablo VTSize | Height
1105 mm / 43.5 in
Diablo VT 1999Size | Height
1115 mm / 43.9 in
Diablo GTSize | Length
4430 mm / 174.4 in
Diablo VT 6.0Size | Length
4470 mm / 176.0 in
Diablo SVSize | Length
4470 mm / 176.0 in
Diablo VTSize | Length
4460 mm / 175.6 in
Diablo VT 1999Size | Length
4470 mm / 176.0 in
Size | Width
2040 mm / 80.3 in
Diablo GTTrack Width | Front
1650.0 mm / 65.0 in
Diablo VT 6.0Track Width | Front
1610.0 mm / 63.4 in
Diablo SVTrack Width | Front
1540.0 mm / 60.6 in
Diablo VTTrack Width | Front
1540.0 mm / 60.6 in
Diablo VT 1999Track Width | Front
1540.0 mm / 60.6 in
Diablo GTTrack Width | Rear
1670.0 mm / 65.7 in
Diablo VT 6.0Track Width | Rear
1670.0 mm / 65.7 in
Diablo GT2Track Width | Rear
1670.0 mm / 65.7 in
Diablo SE30Track Width | Rear
1670.0 mm / 65.7 in
Diablo SVTrack Width | Rear
1640.0 mm / 64.6 in
Diablo VTTrack Width | Rear
1640.0 mm / 64.6 in
Diablo VT 1999Track Width | Rear
1640.0 mm / 64.6 in
Diablo GTWeight
1490.0 kg / 3284.9 lbs
Diablo VT 6.0Weight
1625.0 kg / 3582.5 lbs
Diablo SVWeight
1575.0 kg / 3472.3 lbs
Diablo VTWeight
1625.0 kg / 3582.5 lbs
Diablo VT 1999Weight
1625.0 kg / 3582.5 lbs
Wheelbase
2650 mm / 104.3 in

Performance

Diablo GTAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.7 sec
Diablo VT 6.0Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.9 sec
Diablo SE30Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.9 sec
Diablo SVAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.9 sec
Diablo VTAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
4.1 sec
Diablo VT 1999Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.9 sec
Diablo GTAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.5 sec
Diablo VT 6.0Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.7 sec
Diablo SE30Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.7 sec
Diablo SVAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.7 sec
Diablo VTAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.9 sec
Diablo VT 1999Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph
3.7 sec
Diablo GTFuel Economy
38.2 L/100km / 6.2 MPG (urban) | 17.5 L/100km / 13.4 MPG (highway)
Diablo VT 6.0Fuel Economy
22.9 L/100km / 10.3 MPG (combined) | 37.9 L/100km / 6.2 MPG (urban) | 17.3 L/100km / 13.6 MPG (highway)
Diablo SVFuel Economy
37.9 L/100km / 6.2 MPG (urban) | 17.3 L/100km / 13.6 MPG (highway)
Diablo VTFuel Economy
15.2 L/100km / 15.5 MPG (combined) | 20.0 L/100km / 11.8 MPG (urban) | 13.3 L/100km / 17.7 MPG (highway)
Diablo GTTop Speed
338.0 km/h / 210.0 mph
Diablo VT 6.0Top Speed
330.0 km/h / 205.1 mph
Diablo SVTop Speed
320.0 km/h / 198.8 mph
Diablo VTTop Speed
325.0 km/h / 201.9 mph
Diablo VT 1999Top Speed
335.0 km/h / 208.2 mph

Powertrain

Diablo GTDrivetrain Layout
Mid-engine (transverse), Rear-wheel drive
Diablo VT 6.0Drivetrain Layout
Mid-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel drive
Diablo SVDrivetrain Layout
Mid-engine (transverse), Rear-wheel drive
Diablo VTDrivetrain Layout
Mid-engine (longitudinal), All-wheel drive
Diablo VT 1999Drivetrain Layout
Mid-engine (transverse), All-wheel drive
Engine
L 522
Engine | Bore
87.0 mm / 3.4 in
Diablo GTEngine | Compression Ratio
10.7:1
Diablo VT 6.0Engine | Compression Ratio
10.7:1
Diablo GT2Engine | Compression Ratio
10.7:1
Diablo SE30Engine | Compression Ratio
10.7:1
Diablo SVEngine | Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Diablo VTEngine | Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Diablo VT 1999Engine | Compression Ratio
10.0:1
Diablo GTEngine | Displacement
6.0 L / 365.7 cu-in / 5992.0 cc
Diablo VT 6.0Engine | Displacement
6.0 L / 365.7 cu-in / 5992.0 cc
Diablo GT2Engine | Displacement
6.0 L / 365.7 cu-in / 5992.0 cc
Diablo SE30Engine | Displacement
6.0 L / 365.7 cu-in / 5992.0 cc
Diablo SVEngine | Displacement
6.0 L / 365.7 cu-in / 5992.0 cc
Diablo VTEngine | Displacement
5.7 L / 348.3 cu-in / 5707.0 cc
Diablo VT 1999Engine | Displacement
6.0 L / 365.7 cu-in / 5992.0 cc
Diablo GTEngine | Power
575.0 hp / 428.8 kW @ 7300 rpm
Diablo VT 6.0Engine | Power
550.0 hp / 410.1 kW @ 7100 rpm
Diablo GT2Engine | Power
640.0 hp / 477.2 kW
Diablo SE30Engine | Power
525.0 hp / 391.5 kW
Diablo SVEngine | Power
530.0 hp / 395.2 kW @ 7100 rpm
Diablo VTEngine | Power
492.0 hp / 366.9 kW @ 6800 rpm
Diablo VT 1999Engine | Power
530.0 hp / 395.2 kW @ 7100 rpm
Diablo GTEngine | Specific Output
96.0 hp/L / 1.6 hp/cu-in
Diablo VT 6.0Engine | Specific Output
91.8 hp/L / 1.5 hp/cu-in
Diablo SVEngine | Specific Output
88.5 hp/L / 1.4 hp/cu-in
Diablo VTEngine | Specific Output
86.2 hp/L / 1.4 hp/cu-in
Diablo VT 1999Engine | Specific Output
88.5 hp/L / 1.4 hp/cu-in
Diablo GTEngine | Stroke
84.0 mm / 3.3 in
Diablo VT 6.0Engine | Stroke
84.0 mm / 3.3 in
Diablo GT2Engine | Stroke
84.0 mm / 3.3 in
Diablo SE30Engine | Stroke
84.0 mm / 3.3 in
Diablo SVEngine | Stroke
80.0 mm / 3.1 in
Diablo VTEngine | Stroke
80.0 mm / 3.1 in
Diablo GTEngine | Torque
630 Nm / 464.7 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
Diablo VT 6.0Engine | Torque
620 Nm / 457.3 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
Diablo SVEngine | Torque
605 Nm / 446.2 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
Diablo VTEngine | Torque
580 Nm / 427.8 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Diablo VT 1999Engine | Torque
620 Nm / 457.3 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm
Diablo GTEngine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V12 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Diablo VT 6.0Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V12 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Diablo GT2Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated petrol engine
Diablo SE30Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated petrol engine
Diablo SVEngine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V12 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Diablo VTEngine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V12 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Diablo VT 1999Engine | Type
Naturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V12 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears
5-speed
Transmission | Type
Manual

Production

Diablo GTAvailability
1998 ~ 1999
Diablo VT 6.0Availability
1991 ~ 2001
Diablo GT2Availability
1998 ~ 2006
Diablo SE30Availability
1993 ~ 1995
Diablo SVAvailability
1999 ~ 2000
Diablo VTAvailability
1990 ~ 1998
Diablo VT 1999Availability
1998 ~ 2001

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