Spotted: Diabolical Diablo
Rare and iconic Lamborghini makes a raucous noise
Having lived in Atlanta for a year now, it takes something pretty special to make me pull out my camera. Oh, another gold wrapped McLaren on giant aftermarket wheels? I'll listen to the noise but try to block out the tryhard bonehead at the wheel. In fact, I think the first time I've genuinely been interested in a modern exotic all year was seeing a Koenigsegg Regera at the Atlanta International Auto Show a few weeks ago.
But a genuine one-of-2,903 Lamborghini Diablo spotted in the wild? It HASN'T even been ruined by cheap mods like most exotics and I'm all about that. However, I can't quite identify WHICH trim it actually is and for that I need your help.
First, listen to its riotous roar as it creeps forward in this intersection. Sorry for the low quality but the video got compressed.
We can clearly hear that 5.7 liter V12 rumbling away. Seems like a pretty small displacement for a V12 when your ordinary Mustang gets to 5 liters on only 8 cylinders but it sure does sound epic. We can expect somewhere around 500 horsepower from that engine when it was new. If we can pin down the exact model of Diablo we're looking at here, we can find more information.
I'm pleased to announce it is a pre-1998 facelift version we're looking at here with the flip up headlights as God intended. It's low, but it actually looks like a usable ride height for the street compared to some cars I see braving the confusing jumble of roads around Atlanta, Georgia.
Just the thing for a Friday night cruise! I love how the door dips down to allow for sightlines towards the mirrors. Actually, I love all of it, but that detail makes me chuckle.
This fender badge SHOULD give us a clue as to the trim but I can't read it.
I also spot this '30' badge with a wreath around it. Not sure if that helps us identify the trim.
I'm sure you Lamborghini aficionados will tell me all about this car. What an epic machine and a pleasure to get to see on a fine Friday evening.
And it's. . . a Mitsubishi? But please, hear me out. First, this is one seriously pretty car and you will be very sad there aren't more of them. This is the stupendously uncommon 2004-only Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback. No, not that one. The first gen. Yes...
It's still not quite as rare as that Mitsubishi Lancer wagon I spotted just down the road though. Cooler, yes, but more plentiful. Atlanta is a great place to go carspotting.