Lamborghini Diablo SV, last of the poster cars
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Lamborghini Diablo SV, last of the poster cars

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [NOISE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO] [SOUND] [NOISE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I've always wanted to drive a Diablo SV, particularly with the big decals on the side. This car was launched in 1996, so I'd have been 14 at the time and obviously very impressionable. But everything I read about it, Diablo is, that mean the devil. It's a car that has a face of reputation, to be honest. I thought it would be phenomenally difficult to drive. Although the seating position would be awkward, but the reality is not alive at all. [SOUND] It's so much better than I expected. [SOUND] Let's start with the seating position because Italian cars you think well. Yeah, it's gonna be built for somebody certainly not at my height. But this seems to be pretty much perfect to be honest, the seats are lovely slimline. Unlike modern Lamborghini's steering wheel comes off a long way out here, so you can get really comfortable. And then you expect while the pedal is going to be all the way across in the middle of something I'm going to have to put my pelvis at a curious sort of angles be able to drive it but not a bit of it. The actual pedals are quite small, but they're really well placed. Oh, the Diablo Had to, no power systems but this is called power steering. And it makes the world of difference I can imagine. Through the corners, you consider whether you've got a very light front end, and then all that wave, Mind you, but actually it is not my role so [SOUND] You don't have to worry too much. Those massive rear tires are wrapped around 18 inch Oded split rim allies, but early SUVs like this actually have 17 inch wheels at the front. The change to 18 inch fronts on later cars was in order to allow the fitment of bigger brakes. Chassis is a steel space frame while the bodywork is a mix of aluminium and reinforced composites. The suspension is comprised of an equal length wishbone at each corner with anti roll bars front and back. Below the SV is set up more firmly. The right feels about spot on to me. Even on bumpy brush B roads. The Alcantara line SV is more stripped out inside, it has less sound deadening. The weight is still relatively high at around 1570 kilos and distributed about as unequal as you expect for the ratio of 41 and 59 from Korea. The other defining factor of the SV is of course, the power is only delivered to the rear wheels or through the corner and then I made out. [BLANK_AUDIO] It got massive 335 section rear tires. [BLANK_AUDIO] You can just open the steering into the corner and then Sports down, follows you down the road. It's a bit like a Laberguini speedboat. You're certainly aware of the weight behind you through every part of the corner. But if the child does start to swing, you can actually catch it remarkably easily with that small wheel and the help of power systems. It's not agile exactly, but it is adjustable, and it's certainly not the bear like wrestling match. You might expect Other things I was expecting the clutch is actually fine. I didn't I thought you might need two feet to operate in the driving position essays right. To be honest, my glare what I do is probably got a funkier driving position. Don't get me wrong, it's still a must So event if you've got curious things like this up here, and the fact that window goes all the way down there's this huge long mirrors which still you can't see an awful lot out on, but more than I thought, what you can see in the mirrors are the gaping intakes on the Diablo is massive two meter wide haunches For the Super valachi these were augmented by two intakes on the roof, which first been seen on the limited edition sc 30 yota. The glorious 5.7 liter naturally aspirated V 12, received a slight uplift in output over early Diablos, putting out 510 brake horsepower 7100 RPM 428 pounds for the talk a 5900 rpm. This was enough to set it to 60 miles an hour and under four and a half seconds and on to 202 miles an hour flat out. Although you can actually spec this shorter final drive on the SP and that what the tops be down to 186. This is sort of Roger To the cost of their life with a bitter rainy Lamborghini V12, 5.7 liters of income from 3.5 and going all the way up to 6.5 at the end of the Murcielago. [BLANK_AUDIO] My resume. Pick up. The underdogs pick up five guys. Off the cinemagic you got any more big chested, but still reds go long, Throttle, I've already told Gary. I mean it came in GT4 looks like it's on spring gearing compared to this. The actual gearshift is certainly enjoyable to use. It's quite hefty when cold and it retains some of that weight when warm, it develops a lovely slickness around the five speed dogleg gate. I love the fact that this car really gets used as well. It's so quite a daily Diablo but, [BLANK_AUDIO] There's a lot of miles on it which is just wonderful I think. It's made all the more special by the fact that this is a pretty rare car with just over 30 SVs and fewer than 200 Diablos in total, thought to have come to the UK. The SV was the entry level Diablo. And as such would have set you back a relatively reasonable 125,000 pounds in the mid 90s. Today, you can still pick one up for under 150,000 pounds, which seems incredibly good value to me. I mean, just look at it. The styling might not be pure Marcello Gandini, but it is still such a spectacular slice of slanting salt free supercar. The scissor doors remain more of an event in Glastonbury, and I'm a sucker for the pop-up headlights of this early car. [BLANK_AUDIO] This has been an absolutely brilliant day. [BLANK_AUDIO] Because this car, it's got all the drama [INAUDIBLE] it's [UNKNOWN] than I hoped. All that bedroom poster appeal. [BLANK_AUDIO] But it's also drivable and usable. [BLANK_AUDIO] It's not The terrifying on approachable thing I don't mind me that doesn't diminish it at all what a car [NOISE] [MUSIC] [MUSIC]

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