We were at our Los Angeles photo studio, shooting another of Mr. Sackey's cars-the chop-top Miura pictured in this month's Money Shot-when the Diablo pulled up out of nowhere. Actually, 'out of nowhere' may be a little misleading, because we heard it coming from at least two miles away. It is quite possibly the loudest automobile I've ever laid ears to. You can almost feel the engine strokes rumbling through your chest cavity. Drop into one of the sport buckets, pull the door down and it doesn't get much quieter. Drop the throttle and ear-splitting becomes absolutely deafening. The rear end squirms mightily as the 335-series rear tires claw for traction-imagine that. Driving this car without immediately throwing it away requires judicious throttle use and carefully placed steering inputs.
We take it for a spin around the neighborhood. As the thundering reports from the open exhaust bounce off the surrounding buildings, I'm amazed every cop in LA hasn't shown up.
Daily driver? Not a chance. The car is just too fast, too freaking loud, and too damn low. In short, it's everything cool about Lamborghini-amplified, to the power of 10.
Good God, I love Lamborghinis.
1994 Lamborg Hinidiablo SE30
*LayoutLongitudinal mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
5.7-liter V12, dohc, 48-valve
Independent wishbones, coil springs, anti-dive, anti-squat
13-inch cross-drilled discs (f), 11.2-inch cross-drilled discs (r)
*Wheels and Tires
Magnesium cast, 8.5x17 (f), 13x18 (r) Pirelli P Zero, 235/40 (f), 335/30 (r)
Peak Power: 525 hp @ 7200 rpmPeak Torque: 428 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm0-60 mph: 4.0 sec.Top Speed: 207 mph