Car of the Month – November, 2021

1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

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1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster

Engine – 349.3 CID (5.37 liter) V12 mid-mounted (longitudinal)
Horsepower – 492 hp at 7000 rpm
Transmission – 5 speed manual
Curb weight – 3,472 lbs
0-60 time – 3.8 seconds
¼ mile time – 12.4 seconds
Top speed – 204 mph
Number built – 200 (total between 1995 and 1998)
MSRP price – $275,000

The Diablo VT Roadster was the second generation of the Diablo and was introduced in 1995 and produced through 1998. Some of the updates to the VT (which stands for Viscous Traction) from the earlier Diablo include an improved power steering system, all-wheel drive, resized front wheels, four-piston Brembo brake calipers, and an updated dashboard that controls an all-new computerized suspension system. It enables the driver to control the settings himself or just leave it on auto, letting the computer do all the work.

The new Viscous Traction drivetrain dramatically improves handling by directing up to 40% of the engine’s torque to the front wheels when detecting the rear wheels slipping. The Brembo high performance racing brakes are standard on the Diablo VT and similar to those utilized in Formula 1 race cars, providing extremely effective braking from high speeds. The Pirelli P-Zero tires are rated for 200 plus mph and are mounted on 17-inch split-rim aluminum alloy OZ wheels.

The Diablo VT is a Classic Lamborghini, and its tasteful design is true to the heritage of the marque. This “Lambo” is presented in the color “Giallo Gonna” yellow..