Introduced in March of 1993 at the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini’s new Diablo VT showcased a marked step forward for the model. ‘VT’ stood for ‘Vicious Traction’, which highlighted the car’s new, variable four-wheel-drive system, allowing for a maximum of 40 percent of surplus torque to be transferred to the front axle if the system detected a loss of traction.
Thanks to customer feedback, Lamborghini made a number of other welcome updates to the car, which amounted to changes to over 25% of the 6,000 components within the car. Amongst these were included a redesigned clutch, which brought about greater performance and ease of use, as well as deeper and wider seats, making the car more comfortable for both driver and passenger. Intakes were added at the front, near the driving lights, to assist with brake cooling. Power steering also helped to make the car easier to control, along with an active suspension with electronically adjustable dampers.
Nineteen ninety-nine saw the introduction of the second-generation Diablo VT, which was built in small numbers before the modernized Audi-backed Diablo 6.0 was released. Thus, 1999 Diablo VTs had open headlights, a redesigned interior, ABS brakes as standard, 18-inch wheels, and a 529-horsepower, 5.7-litre V-12. Exact production numbers for the 1999 VT Coupe are unknown, but Lamborghini sold only 265 cars that year, most of them being SVs and VT roadsters.
Purchased by the current owner in Switzerland in January of 2014, the car was subsequently exported to Kuwait. Today it shows just under 9,300 km on its odometer and presents in excellent condition throughout. Its red paintwork shines brightly, and the beige leather interior presents very well. In 2015, during a service, an aftermarket exhaust was fitted. Since then the car has remained largely in static storage and rarely been driven, yet it has been regularly serviced and looked after in-house at the current owner’s collection. Additionally, it is important to note that the car is accompanied by an original toolkit.
Truly a 1990s icon, a well-kept Diablo is a must-have for any collector of Lamborghinis, and this example presents brilliantly throughout.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/lf19.