The collector car market continues to boom and Lamborghinis have not escaped attention. Icons like the Miura and Countach are steadily climbing in value and more modern machinery, especially anything with an SV badge, is seemingly immune to any kind of depreciation.
Stuck in the middle has been the Diablo but it, too, is beginning to enjoy its moment in the sun. This presents an interesting conundrum – if you’re a fan of the raging bull with around $400K to spend, you have the option of a current-gen Lamborghini Huracan or a top-notch example of arguably the best Diablo, the VT 6.0.
Both are mid-engined, all-wheel drive (though rear-drive versions of both are available) and will top 200mph in the old money, but the driving experience couldn’t be further apart. Steering a Huracan day-to-day is no more demanding than an Audi TT, and even letting it off the leash is relatively stress-free thanks to all-wheel drive security and plenty of electronic driver aids.
The Lambo Diablo is much more of a brute. Though the VT 6.0 was developed under Audi’s watch, it still needs extreme care when driven hard due to its size and weight. City driving will save you the effort of a gym workout thanks to the demands of the clutch and gearshift.
As you’d expect, maintenance bills can be terrifying, but the VT 6.0 benefits from much improved build quality and more robust mechanicals (brakes that actually work, for instance), and the Diablo is nowhere near as complex as a modern-day supercar like the Huracan.
The other advantage of the older car is wow factor. The Huracan isn’t exactly a shrinking violet, but it is ‘relatively’ common and has neither 12 cylinders nor scissor doors.