An Australian driver totaled their newly-purchased Lamborghini Diablo shortly after buying it.
Before Lamborghini was purchased by Audi, the carmaker believed in making “pure” automobiles. That meant no traction control, no stability control, no ABS, and basically no electronic gizmos of any kind. It was just you, a massive V12 engine, four tires, and the road.
Which was all well and good if you’ve dealt with such a beast in the past. For new or amateur drivers, such a car was basically undrivable.
When the Lamborghini Diablo first arrived back in 1990, it came with a 5.7-L V12 engine with 485 horsepower and 421 lb-ft of torque. All that power went to the rear wheels only, and despite their obvious size, those rear wheels didn’t have a hope in hell of maintaining traction if all 485 of those horses came stampeding down the driveshaft from a standstill. It was extremely easy to spin the Diablo’s tires, making it a temperamental bull of a car.
So it comes as no surprise when we find out that an Australian driver put their new Diablo straight into a ditch.
According to the Australia Crash Investigation Unit Facebook page, a new Diablo owner lost control of his $500,000 vintage supercar, which slid down a 15-foot embankment in a forested area. Based on the pictures, the car was a complete write-off; the front section was completely crushed, while the roof and rear quarter panels also sustained damage. The doors were most likely bent in addition to the frame itself.
The crash took place in South Sydney, Australia last weekend. Both driver and passenger escaped unharmed, but witnesses at the scene said the driver kept saying "it's new, it's new."
Based on what we can see, it looks like this was one of the pre-1999 facelift models, which meant rear-wheel-drive-only and more power than the car can reasonably handle. Which explains why a car with 485 hp took 4.5 seconds to go from zero to sixty--it just can’t maintain traction. It takes a computer to ensure all that power is metered out at a rate which the tires can maintain a grip on the road.
Unfortunately, this driver didn’t have any silicon help, and now they’re out half a mil.