Road Tests Real world tests of Diablo SV vs Countach LP5000 QV

0-60mph

Top speed

Diablo SV
203 mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lamborghini Diablo SV

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Faster in the quarter mile 11.9 s vs 13 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 203 mph vs 184 mph 19 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster to 100mph 8.5 s vs 10.4 s Around 20% faster to 100mph
More expensive sticker price $238k vs $118k More than 2x more expensive harder to own
More powerful engine 536 HP @ 7,100 RPM vs 449 HP @ 7,000 RPM Around 20% stronger engine
More torque 446 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM vs 370 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM More than 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
A lot faster to 200kph 12.5 s vs 17 s More than 25% faster to 200kph
Bigger engine 5,700 cc vs 5,200 cc Around 10% bigger engine
Front view of Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

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Slightly lighter curb weight 3,278 lb vs 3,366 lb Around 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Diablo SV  vs
Countach LP5000 QV 
Brand Lamborghini Lamborghini
Price 238,000 118,000
Year 1999 1985-1988
Highest auction price $160k, January 2001 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole Downdraft, $110k, August 2009

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.28 lb/hp 7.3 lb/hp
Maximum hp 536 HP @ 7,100 RPM 449 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 446 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM 370 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,700 cc 5,200 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10:1 8:1
Bore/stroke 3.43 in / 3.15 in 3.37 in / 2.95 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Diablo SV  vs
Countach LP5000 QV 
Top speed 203 mph 184 mph
1/4 mile 11.9 s 13 s
0-60mph 3.85 s 5.2 s
0-100mph 8.5 s 10.4 s
0-200kph 12.5 s 17 s

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Axle ratio 2.53:1 4.09:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,366 lb 3,278 lb
Width 80.3 in 78.7 in
Height 43.9 in 42.1 in
Length 175.9 in 166.9 in
Front track width 60.6 in 60.4 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in 98.4 in
Lamborghini Diablo SV
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