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For the month of April I will be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Learn more about the challenge by clicking here. Each day (except Sundays) I will be posting a theme based on each letter of the alphabet. This blog is covering automotive topics for the month. To read my other blog posts for the challenge, click here.
That spectacular follow-up model was the Diablo.
Like all Lamborghini models, the Diablo's name came from the world of Spanish bullfighting. In Spanish, "Diablo" means "Devil" and it was a fitting name for the car that looked and performed in such a sinister way. The top brass at Lamborghini wanted the next model to be able to hit 320 kph, and the Diablo delivered with a top speed of 325 kph. The car was also able to throw down a 0 to 100 kmh dash in just 4.5 seconds, which would still make most modern cars look slow. The Diablo leveraged its 5.7-liter V12 engine, which came with four valves per cylinder and could push out as much as 492 horsepower.
Despite having some wild styling for the day, the Diablo's interior was famous for featuring some acreage of cheap plastic and controls that loved to break off in the driver's hand. I could make a joke about Chrysler's contribution to the cheap interior, but that would be a cheap shot. Thankfully, Audi ownership has meant Lamborghinis now have incredibly nice interiors.
As with other Lamborghini models, the Diablo was made in several different versions. One was the VT or Visco Traction, which had an all-wheel drive system for improved handling. The car helped pioneer a new era for Lamborghini, bringing the company into the 21st century and a bold new future.