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Lamborghini Diablo Classic Buyer’s Guide: What to Look for in Your Legendary Supercar

Lamborghini Diablo tipsWhen the supercar automaker Lamborghini released the iconic model the Countach, following up its greatness was a tall task. Thankfully, the Lambo Diablo was up for that task, solidifying itself as one of the most sought-after classic supercars from the 1990s and early 2000s. 

While the market for pre-owned Diablo classics is not saturated, there are still enough models to choose from that will get even the most casual of supercar fans excited. In this handy guide, we’ll list some of the most popular models and production variants that you’ll find from the best Diablo years: circa 1990-2001. 

Lamborghini Diablo (1990-1998)

The most common Diablo model, this early version saw the most production of any of the Diablos, with around 900 models manufactured. Even though some of these models are over 30 years old, their engines still roar with the best of them. 


The early Diablo models were equipped with a 5.7-liter V-12 engine, 485 horsepower and boasted a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. These numbers were some of the best in the business at the time, helping to solidify the Lamborghini brand as an industry standard in high-end supercars.

Lamborghini Diablo VT (1993-1998)

While there were only about 500 Diablo VTs made from 1993 to 1998, this model is still one of the most popular. The VT improved upon the original Diablo’s already impressive V-12 engine, adding additional horsepower and better acceleration. The most notable feature of the VT was its four-wheel-drive system, which greatly improved the handling on this classic supercar.

Lamborghini Diablo SE30 (1993-1994)

With the release of the SE30 in 1993, Lambo was celebrating its 30 year anniversary as a world-class automaker. The engine on the SE30 was boosted up to a top-of-the-line 523 horsepower. This beefed up engine allowed the SE30 to become the first Diablo to reach 0-60 mph in just four seconds. This lightning-fast acceleration time is still impressive nearly 30 years later.

Diablo VT Roadster (1995-1999)

Lamborghini introduced the Diablo VT Roadster in 1995, in response to supercar lovers asking for a remodeled front end, in comparison to the standard VT. The Lambo 4WD is drastically improving at this point in the production cycle, with 4WD being offered as a standard addition to the package. The VT Roadster also got a bit of a facelift with redesigned headlights, another customer request at that time.

Lamborghini Diablo GT (1999-2000)

The Diablo GT was a Euro-only release at that time, with this variant being designed specifically with road racers in mind. The muscle under the hood just kept improving, with the Diablo GT boasting 475 of horsepower, a top speed of 215 mph top speed, and going from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.  

Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0 (2000-2001) / VT 6.0 SE (2001)

Only 337 models of the final Diablo were made in 2001. The end of the Lambo Diablo manufacturing marked its highest, most impressive engine specs. The Diablo VT 6.0 features a larger 6.0L, V-12 engine, with a massive horsepower of 550 and a torque of 457 lb-ft. 

Lambo Diablo Buyer’s Guide: Do Your Due Diligence

Naturally, each Diablo vehicle will vary, but you can expect to spend at least $200k for a classic Lambo Diablo. You will want to be sure to do your due diligence and ask the right questions about what’s under the hood, the maintenance and service record, and so on. And when you’re ready to have your classic Lambo serviced, be sure to call the European supercar experts here at Otto’s Coachwerks.

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