Lot Number
251

2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0

Sold For $291,500

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 19 - 20 JANUARY 2017


Chassis No.
ZA9DU01B01LA12647
  • Less than 9,300 original miles
  • Rare and impressive Grigio Antares over black leather
  • Blue carbon fiber rear spoiler

575 hp, 5,992 cc DOHC 60-degree V-12 engine, five-speed manual transmission, independent double-wishbone front suspension, independent double-wishbone rear suspension, and four-wheel Brembo ventilated and perforated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 104.15 in.

Following up on the legendary Countach’s impressive 16-year production run, Lamborghini’s next V-12 creation had big shoes to fill. Luckily, the Diablo proved to be Sant’Agata’s most impressive supercar to date. With 485 horsepower, a 0–60 time of four seconds, and a top speed of 204 mph, it was a drastic improvement over the outgoing model. Power was supplied to the wheels via the famous Bizzarrini-designed Lamborghini V-12. In this iteration, the engine was increased to 5.7 liters and featured multi-port fuel injection for all markets. A five-speed manual was the only transmission on offer. Improved drivability and increased luxuries were other important focal points of the car’s development. Adjustable seats and steering wheel now meant that the occupants could sit in greater comfort. Single-pane electric power windows and an unblocked rear window allowed the driver to view out of the car, with vastly improved visibility over the Countach.

The Diablo is a continuation of classic Lamborghini angular design. Marcello Gandini, who had penned the Miura and Countach, was contracted again to take on the challenge of designing the company’s flagship offering. Many elements were carried over from the Countach, such as the scissor doors, angular rear wheel arches, as well as the forward driving position. However, gone also were the large fender flares and boxed intakes. Instead, all of the ducting was now integrated and the few curves were no longer subtle.

Throughout the 11-year production cycle, the Diablo saw many improvements. All-wheel drive became available in 1993 on the VT model, which utilized a modified version of the LM002’s viscous center differential set up to send as much as 25 percent of the power to the front wheels. Two facelifts occurred in the late 1990s, and for the 1999 model year, all Diablos lost pop-up headlamps. Fixed composite units took their place alongside a heavily refreshed interior. The final two years of production featured a refined and modernized exterior, thanks to Luc Donckerwolke taking over the reins of Lamborghini design.

The VT available here is finished in a rare and desirable Grigio Antares over a black interior. The final production run of Diablos were installed with a 6.0-liter version of the Lamborghini V-12. Updated ECU software and new intake and exhaust systems, in conjunction with a refined variable valve timing system, allowed the power plant to produce a staggering 575 horsepower.

Thanks to Audi’s financial and engineering support, the VT 6.0 has proved to be the highest quality Diablo ever offered, making this 9,300 original mile vehicle a must-have.



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