Lamborghini launched a facelifted Diablo in 1999, simplifying the model range by eliminating the "base" Diablo (since the SV model had become the new entry-level trim anyway) and applying universal revisions across the lineup. The most immediately noticeable exterior change was the replacement of the previous Diablo's pop-up headlamp units with fixed composite lenses, borrowed under license from their original application in the Nissan 300ZX Z32. All Diablos were also fitted with new 18 inch wheels.
The Diablo range also received an updated interior. Instead of the traditional flat dashboard with a separate upright instrument binnacle, as in many Italian sports cars of the era (and the previous Diablo), the new dash was an integrated wave-shaped design. A thin strip of black glass ran the length of the dash and contained various instrument indicator and warning lamps. This aesthetic design was inspired by Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi products.
Under the engine lid, the tried-and-true V12 was bumped to 536 PS (394 kW; 529 hp) and 605 N.m (446 lb.ft) of torque for both the SV and VT models and now featured variable valve timing. For the first time ever in a Lamborghini, the Diablo was equipped with a Kelsey-Hayes ABS unit, complementing larger diameter brake rotors.
When you see an SV badge on a Lamborghini, you just know it means business.
SV, or Super Veloce, has been used by Lamborghini to mark a truly special version of their cars since the 1970's, and each time the cars have been wilder and as always very collectable.
The Diablo SV was based on the 2WD Diablo, back before Audi made all the cars 4WD.
The V12 was tuned to now deliver 510 bhp which shot the car to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and increased the top speed to 204 mph.
The car gained a larger rear wing, huge air intakes over the engine cover, full alcantara interior and the option of SV graphics.
This 1997 Diablo SV is a stunning example, certainly one for the serious Lambo collector.
It has covered just 14,682 km and had only 2 owners from new.
The exterior is Giallo paintwork with Nero SV graphics and the interior is Nero alcantara with Giallo stitching and logos.
The car is very original, down the OZ Racing stickers on the wide split rims and the unused white gloves in the complete toolkit.
All the original Alpine sound system is present, as are the Lamborghini floor mats.
It is presented in outstanding condition, as you would expect of a car of this heritage.
With the prices of classic Lamborghini's soaring and Diablo's becoming increasingly difficult to find, we have no doubt this will be an investment car and one that is important to the brands history.
It is currently undergoing full preparation including machine polishing of the paintwork ready to be displayed in our showroom.
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Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically.
Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods.
Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems.
Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging.
Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out.
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Wyder Court, Millennium City Park
Preston, PR2 5BW, Lancashire
Feb 15, 2016