Lamborghini Diablo

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When you think of Supercars, the first thing that’ll probably cross your mind is the Lamborghini, and one of the finest sentiments to that image is the Diablo, which was constructed from 1990 to 2001 with 2,884 examples built. The car was designed to replace the Countach, the mighty trend setter of the 1970’s Supercar evolution that had begun production back in 1974, and with its wedge shaped design and top speed of 205mph, the Diablo had a lot to live up to.

To my mind the Diablo succeeded largely to fill the shoes of its mighty forebear, with a sleek and elegant update of the iconic wedge shape and a top speed of 202mph at an acceleration of 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, the car could easily match it’s 70’s predecessor. Of course the main objective of any supercar is to look and sound good so as to garner attention, Jeremy Clarkson once noted this car as being “the biggest head turner in the world.”

Yes when I was growing up as a kid my peers would often discuss in length how they wished nothing more in the world than to own a Lamborghini Diablo, which is why a Rolls man such as myself was never that popular, but for very good reasons…

For starters, Supercars have always been known to be cramped and claustrophobic inside the cabin, and the driving position is so low that if there wasn’t a floor there, you’d be dragging your backside along the asphalt. Secondly, the rear visibility is a joke, with the small letterbox window at the back being the equivalent of looking out of a World War II pillbox. The only way most owners were able to reverse their cars was by devising a variety of alternative approaches, be they sticking their heads out the window, having pedestrian’s guide them, or simply not bother and find a place to turn the car around without using reverse. I will give the Diablo some points for the fact that this time the windows could be lowered fully, unlike on the Countach which only opened a smidgen and thus would require the owner to literally open the door to try reversing (good thing the doors were Gullwings).

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Once you’ve gotten the hang of living inside your Supercar, driving it is a completely different matter. Supercars have notoriously heavy clutches, which means that pushing your foot down on the pedal is like trying to push a 40-ton boulder. The cars are also notorious gas guzzlers, with the 5.7L, 48-Valve per cylinder Lamborghini V12 engine soaking up fuel like a sponge in order to power each of its 492 Italian Horses, which means that when choosing a destination to drive to, always be sure to have the nearest petrol station in mind. As I’ve mentioned before also, the biggest problem with a Supercar is that you will never, ever, ever enjoy it. Although the Diablo may sport a 4.5 second 0-60 and a top speed of 202mph, that motorway speed limit of 70mph is not changing for you, so it’s 4.5 seconds to 60, and 4.6 to 70. Of course if you are insanely rich enough to buy a Diablo with its price-tag of $500,000, then I’m sure a speeding ticket isn’t much of a stretch (provided you don’t kill yourself or anyone else in the process, Supercars aren’t known for being particularly safe either).

And finally comes the image. Yes when you eventually get your Lambo it will be stared at by pretty much everyone you come across, no one can resist, these cars do look magnificent and sound just as good, true symbols of someone made of money…

…and someone with confidence issues. Supercar owners have often built up a reputation for owning such elaborate cars for the sake of ‘compensation’ for a certain thing they’re lacking of. If not for that reason, then they’re very much the cars of attention-seekers, people who feel that the whole world and it’s dog has to be looking at them for every second of the day otherwise their eggshell thin ego’s will crumble to dust and they’ll probably throw a tantrum.

I’m not talking about all Lamborghini owners, but it is well known that the majority of them are like this…

So yes, the Lamborghini Diablo in terms of styling and sound is a magnificent machine and a truly breathtaking piece of engineering, but there’s a very very big difference between looking at a Lamborghini Diablo and actually owning one…