The ultimate Marcello Gandini Diablo with Targa-top and manual gearbox.
One of an estimated 330 Diablo Roadsters built, this car was delivered to its first owner in Hong Kong by Lamborghini HK. With its elegant colour combination of "Royal" Blue with brown interior, this car is a welcome change from the loud colours the Diablo is often associated with. Importantly, it ticks all the boxes as a collector's car, being from a limited series and one of the last Lamborghini produced prior to the Audi take-over. The fact that it is also one of the last supercars to have a conventional manual gearbox only makes it even more desirable.
Body: 2-Door with Targa Top
Interior: Brown leather
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 32,000KM
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Originally Hong Kong Registered car with 6 previous owners
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Delivered new in Hong Kong
One of an estimated 400 Roadster built
One of the last supercars to have a conventional manual gearbox
After 17 years in production, the legendary Countach was replaced by the Diablo, which on its arrival was the fastest, most advanced and most expensive Lamborghini ever built. First exhibited publicly at Monaco in January 1990, the Diablo improved on its illustrious predecessor in every way, setting a new benchmark in supercar design. Nobody can have been surprised to learn that it had been styled by Marcello Gandini, the man responsible for the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, for the family resemblance was obvious.
Stretched to 5.7 litres for the Diablo, Lamborghini's 48-valve V12 engine gained fuel injection for the first time, producing a maximum of 492bhp. With more power and a lower drag coefficient than the Countach, the Diablo easily eclipsed its forebear, exceeding 200mph (322km/h) on test. More importantly, its acceleration and top speed figures were marginally better than those of the Ferrari F40. Four-wheel drive Diablo VT and Targa-style open roadster versions soon followed.
The Diablo VT was introduced in 1993. Although the VT differed from the standard Diablo in a number of ways, by far the most notable change was the addition of all wheel drive, which made use of a viscous center differential (a modified version of LM002's 4WD system). This provided the new nomenclature for the car (VT stands for viscous traction). The new drivetrain could direct up to 25% of the torque to the front wheels to aid traction during rear wheel slip, thus significantly improving the handling characteristics of the car.
Other improvements debuting on the VT included front air intakes below the driving lamps to improve brake cooling, larger intakes in the rear arches, a more ergonomic interior with a revised electronically adjustable dampers, four-piston brake calipers, power steering, and minor engine refinements. Many of these improvements, save the four-wheel drive system, soon transferred to the base Diablo, making the cars visually nearly identical
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