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The Lamborghini Diablo...
In June 1985 Automobili Lamborghini decided it was time to start thinking about a replacement for their legendary Countach, it would take the Lamborghini development team another five years to complete the new super car, the Diablo.
The Diablo was presented to the public on January 21st 1990, at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo during the second Lamborghini Day (the first one was held when the Anniversario was presented in 1988), after five years of development and about 6,000,000,000 Lire went into the project.
The name 'Diablo' was in fact taken from a ferocious bull raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, it fought an epic battle with 'El Chicorro' in Madrid on July 11th 1869, this animal became legendary and it's well-known history and it' name were aggressive enough to be used for a Lamborghini.
The main directive for the Diablo was simple, its top speed had to be at least 315 Km/h., so work began on the successor of the Countach. For the design of the bodywork Lamborghini contacted Marcello Gandini, he also designed the Miura and Countach, so he was the obvious person to design the new Lamborghini, but his initial design was altered, first under his own directions, later by the Chrysler Styling Center in Detroit. Chrysler owned Automobili Lamborghini from 1987 on, and arrived right in the middle of the development of project 132.
They changed the design to something more human, more practical, but also less violent, less aggressive. But the overall lines still looked close enough to have Marcello Gandini put his autograph on the side of the car.
The Diablo was still a true Lamborghini, low, wide and extremely fast, its top speed was set at 325 Km/h., but on the Nardo test track, Sandro Munari managed to reach 340 Km/h. To reach these speeds, the Diablo received a modified V-12 engine, still with four valves per cylinder, but now with a displacement of 5.7 liters and a newly developed multi-point fuel injection system. This electronic system has been developed by Lamborghini with the assistance of Weber and Marelli. The engine now pumps out a healthy 492 bhp, again placing this new Lamborghini at the top of the super car market (if you don't count the limited edition Bugatti and Jaguar XJ-220).
The name Lamborghini pretty much says it all. The Murcielago (taken from the name of a famous bull known for being spared his life for his spirit in the ring) is the latest in a long line of exotic cars by this small Italian manufacturer. With signature Lambo styling cues like front-hinged doors and a low-slung body, the Murcielago looks to be a worthy follow up to its predecessor, the Diablo.
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