In the 1980s, the Lamborghini company was financially backed by the Mimran brothers of Switzerland. It was at this time that the brand made the decision it was time to design a successor for their flagship Countach sports car. They had a clear picture of the performance expectations and it would be a supercar capable of reaching a speed of no less than 196 mph. Marcello Gandini was signed on as the designer and began work on the cryptic project titled Project 132. The new flagship sportscar would be realized with its first production model rolling off the lines in 1990 as the Lamborghini Diablo which would run until 2001.
A series of pre-production changes
Lamborghini was purchased in 1987 by the Chrysler Company and the management was not pleased with the design of the new sports car. They assigned their Detroit design team to conduct a redesign and soften the sharp lines of the prototype, which failed to impress the original designer. When all was said and done, the new Diablo was manufacture by Manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Assembled in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Ita
The new Diablo went on sale on January 21, 1990. It was truly a luxury throughout with an Alpine stereo system, fully adjustable steering wheel and seats, and electric windows. It achieved amazing balance with the mid-mounted engine and rear wheel drive. This beauty was powered with a 5.7-liter V12 engine with multi-point fuel injection that was computer controlled. It cranked 485 bph and 484 lb-ft of torque. The 1990 Diablo was tested with an acceleration speed reaching from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of a blazing 202 mph.