Lamborghini Diablo Reviews from UK and Ireland

2000 Lamborghini Diablo GT 6.0 V12

Model year1999
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6.0 V12 Manual
Distance when acquired7050 miles
Most recent distance7058 miles
Previous carLamborghini Countach

Summary:

A true successor to the Countach

Faults:

From purchase, the car was shipped directly back to the factory in Italy for a full service and to be checked over.

The previous owner experienced problems with the throttle linkage, and the factory check revealed that the rear view camera and rear parking sensors were not working.

It failed a recent MOT test due to emissions, but this was expected as the catalytic converter is not fitted.

General Comments:

Have only driven the car 8 miles since acquiring it (to and from the MOT testing station) so these comments will be quite short.

Externally the car seems bigger than my previous Lambo, a Countach, but inside it feels a lot snugger.

Headroom is not great if you are over 6 feet tall, and the racing seats (an optional extra) will not forgive those extra chocolate eclairs you may have eaten.

The engine noise is absolutely glorious, though it does seem a bit quieter than the Countach, which was fitted with a sport exhaust system. This opinion may change however, once I get the car on a decent road and get it above 4000 rpm.

The looks are not to everyone's taste, but love it or loathe it, it does turn heads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2007

19th Feb 2007, 09:33

I wonder if you could explain what you mean by "engine noise?"

20th Feb 2007, 04:40

Perhaps it would be clearer if I said 'exhaust noise'? Basically I was referring to the glorious noise that is emitted by a well fettled, large bore, V12.

22nd Mar 2007, 16:57

Well I've actually had the chance to drive the car now, and put a few more miles on the clock. First impressions are that it's not as loud as the Countach; it's actually possible to hold a normal conversation at cruising speeds without shouting. The vision directly rearwards is marginally better than the Countach, thanks to the rear camera, but the vision to the rear 3/4 is just as bad, and it's easy to lose someone in your blind spot.

Driving position for anyone around 6 feet tall or so is cramped. The pedals are markedly offset towards the centre of the car, and the steering wheel a little less so. What is more noticeable is that your head is VERY close to the frame rail that runs along where the door meets the roof, which could make wearing a helmet very difficult for any tall drivers contemplating taking their GT on a track day.

Despite the negatives, I should balance those comments by saying that the car is still an absolute pleasure to drive. Low speed driving through towns threw up no unexpected surprises, and the car is happy to bimble along at town speeds using second and third gears. Acceleration is rapid when asked for, as you would expect from such a car, and gives a much harder kick in the back than the Countach ever did. As with a lot of earlier model Lambos, the gear change responds better to slow and deliberate changes, which doesn't allow you to make the absolute maximum use of the acceleration available, but perhaps that's a good thing unless you happen to be on a race track. I haven't yet covered enough miles to work out what the fuel consumption is, and a weekend away with that limited luggage space is still to be experienced; I'll report back in due course.

So far I'm really happy with the car. It has delivered all that I expected of it and then some. It has a few niggly aspects, but then what Lambo doesn't? I believe it's called character and as far as I am concerned, any car that doesn't have character isn't worth aspiring to.

1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV 5.7 litre

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.7 litre Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 kilometres
Most recent distance24000 kilometres

Summary:

A true driver's car

Faults:

3" hydraulic hose split during maintenance; easy fix!

General Comments:

Sensuous Italian body, precise handling, glorious power, wonderful noise!

Across Europe this car is very quick on smooth roads with three carriageways. On narrow mountain roads it's a squeeze but once you get those second gear hairpins right, there's little to match it for driver satisfaction. High centre of gravity with a rearward bias requires respect, and great care in the wet.

With 530bhp and no traction control this car rewards good technique like no other, but can be unforgiving. If you buy one of these things, make sure you get some lessons on how to drive it. Racing experience helps.

In the right hands, faster than a light aircraft. Sensational and exquisite.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2001

24th Aug 2002, 03:49

If you actually owned one, you would know that despite the ugly roof air scoops, the SV Diablo has 20 less horsepower than the VT.

28th Apr 2003, 12:20

Well, he says First Year Of Ownership 2000 and both VTs and SVs had 530 hp engines in that model year. It was just before Audi upped the displacement to 6.0L with 550 hp. So he just MIGHT be an owner...

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews