Nazwać je diabłem to mało. Lamborghini Diablo GT to najbardziej drapieżna wersja słynnego byka, przygotowana z myślą o rywalizacji na torach wyścigowych. Z zewnątrz przykuwa uwagę powiększonymi wlotami powietrza, dużą ilością karbonu oraz szerszym błotnikami, jednak to co najważniejsze kryje się pod karoserią. 6-litrowe wolnossące V12 osiąga tu 575 KM, wzmocniono zawieszenie, hamulce, zastosowano szersze opony i wolny wydech. Wyprodukowano ich zaledwie 80 sztuk, a stan tej jest godny podziwu. Od nowości to Lamborghini pokonało zaledwie 1623 km, a ostatnią jazdę wykonał nie kto inny, jak słynny kierowca testowy marki, Valentino Balboni. Ten okaz z pewnością doskonale koresponduje z tytułem aukcji, „Rolling Sculpture”, na której został zlicytowany. Uzyskana cena: ok. 2,5 mln PLN.
1999 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO GT
ESTIMATE: $550,000 – $750,000 USD
SOLD: $616,000 USD
Auction: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC
19th November 2015 5:00pm EST REGISTER FOR EVENT BID NOW
A RARE AND RAGING BULL
The Diablo GT is notably more aggressive than the base car; as it was a road-going car built to race. Bodywork changes were made to improve cooling and aerodynamics, and help manage its more powerful engine and brutish disposition. From the moment one sees the large, black, carbon-fiber front air dam, with cavernous brake ducts and a central vent for the oil cooler, a viewer discerns the differences from the previous Diablo variants. The enormous air extractor that dominates the hood adds to the impact. The front fenders were widened to accommodate a wider front track and larger rubber that improve road grip, and feature NACA-style ducts to increase their efficiency. The GT’s track-oriented focus is even more evident in the revised silhouette that reveals a huge, central, F1-style ram-air duct protruding above the roof, and a very wide rear spoiler. Rear end aerodynamics are further emphasized with a full-width, carbon-fiber diffuser.
Model: Diablo GT
Exterior Color: Orange Metallic
Interior Color: Black
1 Of Just 80 Produced
1 Of 4 In The United States
Excellent Running Condition
Sold On A Bill Of Sale
Only 1,623 Km Since New
THIS CAR’S PAST
One of very few Diablo GTs to have been imported and registered in the USA. This car shows only 1,623 kilometers. It was in a very significant, private Colorado collection from 2003 until the consignor purchased it in 2012, at which time it showed 1,070 kilometers. While in his care. the car was transported to Dubai for display at car shows and other events. Recently, this Lamborghini was given a test drive, inspection, and new spark plugs by the legendary Lamborghini Test Driver, Valentino Balboni.
HISTORIC CONTEXT OF MODEL
While the company was being financed by the Swiss-based, Mimram brothers, Lamborghini began development of what was code-named Project 132, in June, 1985 as a replacement for the Countach. The brief stated that its top speed had to be at least 196 mph. The design of the car was contracted to Marcello Gandini, who had designed its two predecessors. When Chrysler bought the company in 1987, and provided money to complete its development, the management was uncomfortable with Gandini’s designs and commissioned its design team in Detroit, to execute a third, extensive redesign. This new version smoothed out the trademark sharp edges and corners of Gandini’s original design, and left him famously unimpressed. In fact, Gandini was so disappointed with the „softened” shape, that he would later realize his original design in the Cizeta-Moroder V16T. The car became known as the Diablo. It was named after a ferocious bull, raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century, famous for fighting an epic battle with 'El Chicorro' in Madrid, on July 11, 1869. The project is believed to have cost a total of 6,000,000,000 lira.
In 1999, Lamborghini fans got a stunning surprise, when the Diablo GT was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. It combined the modifications of the GT2 race car with the outrageousness of the Diablo, to offer serious road-racing performance, so extreme that it remains the fastest, road-going, factory-built Diablo. In September, 1999, the Diablo GT was also one of the fastest supercars, reaching a top speed of 215 mph. What set the GT apart from the Diablos before it, was a comprehensive list of upgrades which included a larger V-12 engine and a radical, carbon-fibre body. This meant the GT was lighter, faster, and handled better than all other Diablos.
Particularly distinctive was the front bodywork, which accommodated a wider track, brake cooling ducts, and a front-mounted oil cooler. Air entered the oil cooler from the very front of the car and exited via an extractor atop the bonnet. A large engine scoop also sat on the engine cover, feeding fresh air to the V-12. Unlike the SV, airflow for this scoop was dynamically controlled by the on-board computer.
Paramount to the exclusive performance of the GT was the larger engine, which used a 4mm-longer stroke to add 5% to the displacement. With a new, individually-throated intake system, a reworked exhaust, titanium connecting rods, and lighter crankshaft, 25 additional horsepower was realized.
Inside, the GT was richly appointed with carbon-fibre and leather. Each car came standard with racing seats, four-point seat belts, and amenities such as air conditioning and power windows. An optional wing-mounted camera system was available to assist with parking.
Only 80 examples of the GT were constructed, each in either orange, titan-silver, black, or yellow. Only a handful, perhaps four, are believed to have been imported to the USA and registered here.
The hottest generation in the Italian collector car market is the modern 1990 to mid-2000 models. This era has seen a more significant growth than possibly any other in the past 12-24 months. Add to this the supersonic rise of Supercar values, and this uber-limited-production Lamborghini Supercar should be set dead in the sights of any Supercar collector, enthusiast, or investor.
'THINGS TO CONSIDER' ABOUT THIS CAR
If you live in an urban environment, you should understand that this car is very loud. Also, if you are buying it to keep it in the USA, parts will probably need to be sourced from European suppliers. This car will not be California emissions-compliant, and may have difficulty passing other states’ emissions tests, due to the free- flow exhaust.
Every expert and every enthusiast who has seen this car, every reporter, car guy, and dealer whom I have spoken with, and even Valentino Balboni, agree that this is the best-looking Diablo they have ever seen. Add to that the performance, sound, drivability, rarity, extremely low mileage, and exquisite condition, and this amazing Rolling Sculpture should be the first one on your Most-Wanted list.
In the words of Top Gear-presenter Jeremy Clarkson, the Diablo was designed „solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world.”