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Lamborghini Diablo Zooms to 202 MPH Exotic Dream

By Jason H. Harper - 2013-07-11T13:45:56Z

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

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Backed into a narrow garage, the all-black car gleams meanly, low and wide, scissor doors -- the ultimate exotic-car detail of the day -- open and pointing upwards. A big wing sits at the back, and air vents ribbing the rear deck indicate the place where the 48-valve, 5.7-liter V-12 engine lives.

When it first came out, the Diablo’s base price was about $240,000, including a 10 percent luxury tax. With 485 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, it had a top speed of 202 mph and attained 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds, according to Automobile Magazine.

Those are good statistics, even today. At the time, Lamborghini was owned by Chrysler.