Road Tests Real world tests of Diablo vs Countach LP5000 QV

0-60mph

Top speed

Diablo
201 mph

0-100mph

Diablo
10.8 s

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Lamborghini Diablo

Reasons to consider the
Lamborghini Diablo

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Faster top speed 201 mph vs 184 mph 17 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster in the quarter mile 12.3 s vs 13 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
More expensive sticker price $239k vs $118k More than 2x more expensive harder to own
More torque 429 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM vs 370 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM More than 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 5,700 cc vs 5,200 cc Around 10% bigger engine
Front view of Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

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Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

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Slightly faster to 100mph 10.4 s vs 10.8 s Around 5% faster to 100mph
Slightly lighter curb weight 3,278 lb vs 3,467 lb More than 5% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Diablo  vs
Countach LP5000 QV 
Brand Lamborghini Lamborghini
Price 239,000 118,000
Year 1990-1994 1985-1988

design

Body style Coupe Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Axle ratio 2.41:1 4.09:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.99 in Disc Disc
Rear brakes 11.18 in Disc Disc
Front wheels 432/? 216 381/? 216
Rear wheels 432/? 330 381/? 305

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,467 lb 3,278 lb
Width 80.3 in 78.7 in
Height 43.5 in 42.1 in
Length 175.6 in 166.9 in
Front track width 60.6 in 60.4 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in 98.4 in

road tests

Diablo  vs
Countach LP5000 QV 
Top speed 201 mph 184 mph
1/4 mile 12.3 s 13 s
0-60mph 4.5 s 5.2 s
0-100mph 10.8 s 10.4 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.15 lb/hp 7.3 lb/hp
Maximum hp 485 HP @ 6,800 RPM 449 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 429 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM 370 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system rack&pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,700 cc 5,200 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Air compressor None None
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
Lamborghini Diablo
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