Apparently, the standard Diablo GT just wasn’t hardcore enough. The GTR model was developed exclusively for the track, and it shows. Lamborghini removed the air conditioning system, the stereo, as well as a majority of the sound- and heat-proofing material in order to shed as much weight as possible. The GTR is loud, hot, and fast, and it’s not even sorry about any of it.
The weight-saving measures extended beyond the cabin. The windows are made out of Plexiglas, and most of the car is crafted out of carbon fiber, a material that Lamborghini has been working with since 1983. The main exceptions to the rule are the doors, which are made out of aluminum for safety reasons, and the roof, which is made out of steel for the sake of maintaining torsional rigidity.
We’ve saved the best for last: the engine. The GTR uses an upgraded version of the GT’s naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 that pumps out 590 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. It channels its power to the rear wheels only via a five-speed manual transmission, and a gated shifter provides that fantastic analog feel enthusiasts increasingly crave. Brake and suspension modifications help the driver make the most of the 12-cylinder’s power on the track. But remember, this is a car built before electronic driving aids became the norm. If you screw up and enter a corner too fast, you’re on your own.
Lamborghini built 30 examples of the Diablo GTR; the one listed for sale in Denmark is number 22. It’s in pristine shape, according to the ad, and it has covered merely 6,200 miles over the past 17 years. From an investment point of view, it’s an even better bet than Tesla stock.
If you’re interested, call up Formula Automobile and see if you can persuade them to tell you the asking price. If it sounds like a deal, take the next flight over to Denmark and pick up your new toy. Make sure you visit the Lamborghini factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, while you’re across the pond.
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