- A 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster is up for public sale on Deliver a Trailer till Thursday, August 3.
- The droptop Diablo is powered by a 530-hp 5.7-liter V-12 paired with a gated five-speed handbook.
- The Lambo’s “VT” designation means it has all-wheel drive, and it is stated that solely 23 examples have been offered within the U.S. in 1999.
Think about it is summertime 1999 and also you’re snicking by way of the uncovered shift gates of a brand-new Lamborghini Diablo roadster, with the wind whipping in your hair and Cher’s “Consider” blaring by way of the audio system.
Now come again to the truth of 2023. The final combustion-only Lambo has been offered, however there’s nonetheless an opportunity to deliver that imaginary scene to life with the ’99 Lamborghini Diablo VT roadster that is at the moment up for public sale on Deliver a Trailer—which, like Automobile and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos.
The black Diablo on BaT encompasses a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V-12 with a 7500-rpm redline. The engine’s 530 horses arrive when the tach hits 7100 rpm, and 448 pound-feet of torque comes on-line at 5600 revs. A gated five-speed handbook gives a satisfying option to handle the V-12’s fury, which is distributed to each axles—therefore the “VT” designation that denotes it has all-wheel drive (“SV” fashions are rear-drive). Whereas the droptop Diablo VT, at round 3760 kilos, was stated to be 200 kilos heavier than the SV, it topped out at a claimed 208 mph versus the latter’s 199-mph cap.
We did not get to strap our check gear to a ’99 Diablo again within the day, however we did slide behind the wheel of a silver VT roadster as a part of its facelift. The outside makeover included ditching the pop-up headlights for uncovered models that have been plucked from the Nissan 300ZX components bin and adopting a set of 18-inch OZ racing wheels. Inside, the Diablo obtained a brand new dashboard with electronically managed analog gauges and numerous ergonomic enhancements.
The Lamborghini Diablo debuted for the 1990 mannequin yr because the successor to the Countach, which is arguably essentially the most recognizable supercar ever constructed. Throughout its improvement, the bigwigs at Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata sought a high velocity of at the least 198 mph. The agency’s engineers have been in a position to beat that bogey, with the unique Diablo claiming a high velocity of 202 mph.
It is stated that solely 23 Diablo VT roadsters have been offered within the U.S., making this a uncommon alternative. The BaT public sale ends on Thursday, August 3.
Eric Stafford’s car habit started earlier than he might stroll, and it has fueled his ardour to write down information, opinions, and extra for Automobile and Driver since 2016. His aspiration rising up was to grow to be a millionaire with a Jay Leno–like automotive assortment. Apparently, getting wealthy is more durable than social-media influencers make it appear, so he averted monetary success totally to grow to be an automotive journalist and drive new automobiles for a residing. After incomes a journalism diploma at Central Michigan College and dealing at a every day newspaper, the years of mainly burning cash on failed mission automobiles and lemon-flavored jalopies lastly paid off when Automobile and Driver employed him. His storage at the moment features a 2010 Acura RDX, a handbook ’97 Chevy Camaro Z/28, and a ’90 Honda CRX Si.