1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT

Highlights

  • One of only 466 Diablo VT Roadsters produced
  • Prime example of one of the most interesting variants of the Diablo
  • 5.7 liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine, 530 hp
  • Finished in Blue Scuro over a tan leather interior with black accents

Technical Data

VIN: ZA9RE37A0VLA12832
Seller:
LamboPorrentruy
Seller Type:
Private Party
Exterior:
Blue Scuro
Interior:
Tan
Lot#:
140
Location:
Porrentruy, Switzerland
Mileage:
29,358 Kilometers
Engine:
5.7L V12
Vehicle Make / Model:
Lamborghini Diablo VT
Transmission Model:
5-Speed Manual
Drive Orientation:
Left

Description

Offered for sale is this 1998 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster. 

The Diablo was destined to become the worthy heir of the renowned Miura and Countach. Wide, low, and futuristic, it linked the rudimentary supercar of years past to the hypercars of today. The definitive poster car of the 1990’s, many remember racing the Diablo to its then-incomprehensible top speed of 202 mph in the original Need for Speed video games. Today it has become a generational legend, as did its predecessors.

During the early years, the majority of the Diablo's engineering went to powertrain development. It was not until 1995 at the Bologna Motor Show that the Roadster was combined with the most innovative Diablo version, the VT. The concept's open-air design, complemented by the robust powertrain made it an irresistible combination.

Through advancements in fuel injection technology, the Diablo's 5.7-liter V12 produced a roaring 530 horsepower. With this outrageous power output, Lamborghini engineers deemed it necessary to introduce an all-wheel drive system, smartly utilizing one derived from the Lamborghini LM002 SUV. Dubbed VT for “Viscous Traction,” the Diablo's all-wheel drive system was capable of diverting up to 25 percent of power during rear wheel slip to the front axle through a center differential, greatly improving the supercar's handling characteristics. Brembo four-piston brakes were added and combined with restructured brake ducts that optimized cooling. The VT Roadster also saw many creature comforts added to the Diablo platform. Power steering and an upgraded clutch pack made for a much more pleasant driving experience at cruising speeds. The revised air conditioning and removable, lightweight carbon fiber top made daily operation much more feasible. Ergonomically, the cabin saw many improvements to maximize driver comfort. Most prominently, the front suspension was redesigned to widen the interior foot box and allow for larger, easy­-to-use pedals.

This Blue Scuro 1997 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster is only one of 466 examples constructed during production. It features the iconic revised 18-inch, two-piece aluminum OZ racing wheels that offer a better view of the enlarged four-piston Brembo calipers - finished in black. The leather interior shows off many features that enhance the driving experience, such as adjustable electronic suspension dampers and its five-speed manual transmission that make for an exhilarating driving experience. This one owner example spent most of its life in Switzerland, and has a professionally installed sound system with Alpine amplifiers mounted in the front cargo compartment, but is otherwise a clean stock example.

The Lamborghini VT Roadster is a prime example of one of the most interesting variants of the Diablo. Technological advancements coupled with devilishly good looks, the VT Roadster is one of the most iconic 1990s supercars.

The Diablo is finished in Blue Scuro over a tan leather interior with black accents, with a removable body-colored hardtop. It is powered by a 5.7 liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine, which produces 530 hp, and runs power to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. It has been driven 29,800 kilometers (about 18,517 miles) to date.

Originally registered in Switzerland, it is built to European specification. It is a one owner example, with no accidents on record. It comes complete with its original tool pouch, tire inflator, spare belts and emergency accessories in leather roll, emergency light and window crank in leather sleeve. 

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