Lamborghini Diablo GT: Engineering Feat of the Late 90s

Lamborghini Diablo GT: Engineering Feat of the Late 90s

The 1998-2001 Lamborghini Diablo GT

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Front - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Front – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

In the 1990s, the Lamborghini Diablo was an iconic sports car that arrived in a ton of different variations. From 1998 to 2001, Lamborghini brought about the Diablo GT. The Lamborghini Diablo GT is a very limited production car with only 80 units in Europe. The Diablo GT differs from the other models due to its race orientation. This car didn’t only differ in minor aspects, but major as well.

6.0-Liter V12 with 575 Horsepower

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Rear Engine Bay - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Rear Engine Bay – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

The original base Lamborghini Diablo model has a 5.7-liter V12 with 485 horsepower and 428 lb.-ft. of torque. On the other hand, the Lamborghini Diablo GT has a larger 6.0-liter V12 engine. This larger V12 produces 575 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. This equates to 90 additional horsepower and an increase of 37 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Diablo GT can reach 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds as well as a top speed of 215 mph. Unlike the other Diablo models, the buyer had the option of choosing gear ratios on this transmission. Lastly, the car has RWD for lower weight in comparison to AWD.

Exterior Alterations from Base Diablo Model

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Side - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On the exterior, the Lamborghini Diablo GT differs from it’s predecessors. Overall, the car features more aggressive bodywork including carbon fiber, a steel roof, and aluminum doors. The styling difference begins with the black carbon fiber front air dam, large brake ducts, and a central vent for the oil cooler. The front fenders are wider than the base Diablo with small NACA style corner vents. Inside the front trunk, a large air extractor withholds the space. Alone, these changes are enough to make this car stand out from the other Diablo models.

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On the rear end of the Lamborghini Diablo GT, the bumper and lamps were removed entirely. In place of the bumper, there is a carbon fiber diffuser. The back-up and fog lights were relocated into the tail lamps. Furthermore, there is a shielded large center-mounted exhaust pipe system. The rear also has a differing engine lid and a rear spoiler. On the roof, there is a large central ram air duct. Lastly, the car wears special 3-piece Oz wheels.

A Race Car Style Interior with Technological Options

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Interior - Pinterest - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Interior – Pinterest – EuroDrift

On the interior, the Lamborghini Diablo GT also differentiates itself from the base model. The interior begins with carbon fiber panels in its stripped-down appearance. Secondly, there is race-spec bucket seats with 4-point seat belt harnesses. Thirdly, there is a smaller steering wheel meant for racing. On the optional side, there is an Alpine LCD screen for GPS as well as a bumper-mounted back-up camera. Surprisingly, AC is a feature of the Diablo GT, unlike many other race inspired vehicles. Lastly, air bags are included but can optionally be omitted by the buyer’s request.

Original MSRP of Around $300,000

Lamborghini Diablo GT (16/80) loud sound: backfire, hard revving and accelerating! – nonsolonoia – YouTube

The Lamborghini Diablo GT is quite a rare and unique collector car. Initially, the MSRP of the Diablo GT was around $300,000 USD. Furthermore, being only limited to Europe, a few Diablo GT models were imported into the U.S. and some were even converted to meet US road-legal specs. Most units remain in Europe but if lucky enough, one may be spotted at a car meet in the U.S. In conclusion, the Lamborghini Diablo GT is a RWD V12 beast that showcases the end of 90s sports car era.

Lamborghini Diablo GT - Wide View Rear - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Lamborghini Diablo GT – Wide View Rear – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

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