For automotive enthusiasts of a certain age group, the Lamborghini Diablo SV is an undisputed icon. As one of the fastest vehicles in Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit, the SV helped teach virtual racers everywhere just how potent a 5.7-liter Italian V-12 can be. Thanks to the NM2255 Car HD Videos YouTube Channel, we can all now listen as a not-so-virtual Diablo SV straps on to the dyno for some trips to redline.
The Lamborghini Diablo SV arrived on the market back in 1995 as the entry-level offering in the model range. The debut marked the first time that the Super Veloce nameplate was assigned to one of the brand's vehicles since the Miura left Sant'Agata Bolognese. The SV ditched the all-wheel drive system of the Diablo VT, feeding all of the 5.7-liter V-12's 517 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels exclusively. This lack of driven front wheels is made evident quite quickly in the video, as the driver immediately roasts the Lamborghini’s rear tires with ease.
From there we are treated to a brief bit of street driving before the bright blue Diablo finds itself strapped to the rolling road. The naturally-aspirated V-12 powering the aging supercar may not be as potent as its modern-day siblings, but the sound it makes certainly outclasses many of the force-fed engines on sale today. After a third-gear pull up to the Lamborghini's 7500 rpm redline, the dyno shows readings of 492 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Considering Italian stallions propensity to escape V-12-shaped stables, that is a mighty impressive feat.
After a few more pulls for our aural pleasure, the Diablo SV once again heads out to the public roads for a bit more POV action. At this point the driver starts to wring more out of the SV than we'd seen earlier, even getting the rears to step out on a few occasions. This particular car likely isn't a stranger to this sort of behavior, having traveled more than 22,000 miles in its lifetime. Regardless, it is never a bad time watching a 1-of-346 supercar get after it.
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