Following the success of Countach, the Italian luxury supercar maker, Lamborghini was ready to take the next steps. The goal was to outperform the Countach, which may have seemed impossible to the layman, but not to Lamborghini. So Lamborghini set out to achieve just that. The result was Project 132, started in 1985 with the goal of reaching speeds of up to 314 km / h. After almost 5 years and 6 billion Italian lira later, Project 132 was introduced to the world as the Lamborghini Diablo.
El Diablo, traditionally named after a ferocious bull from the 19th century Duke of Veragua, exceeded expectations, to say the least. The high-performance sports car is capable of speeds of up to 320 km / h, an unprecedented achievement that no other car at the time could achieve. Limited production of the Lamborghini Diablo lasted for 11 years from 1990 to 2001, and only 2,884 of these super cars were made. As visionary as the car was, not all fans of super luxury cars were satisfied with the make and design of the Diablo. One of those people was Vittorio Strosek.
German car designer and tuner Vittorio Strosek founded a tuning company on the outskirts of Munich in 1982. Strosek studied with one of the most exceptional industrial designers of the 20th century, Luigi Colani. Colani’s vision of the world included highly advanced infrastructure and futuristic cars. His designs have been a great influence on Strosek’s work, but Strosek has his own style. Strosek’s work is basically ’80s futurism at its finest. He is considered one of the best tuners in the Radwood Era industry.
Strosek creates car body kits to augment existing designs. The story goes that the designer was not completely satisfied with the subtlety of the Lamborghini Diablo. Of course, each person’s preference is different. But when your customer base is overwhelmingly wealthy, there really isn’t much room for personal taste. Regardless, the Lamborghini Diablo was too simple for the likes of Strosek, whose forward-thinking always projects toward progressive designs. Strosek’s goal was to better balance the Diablo, and the end result was definitely a car that was ahead of its time.
Lamborghini Diablo Strosek
Starting with the bumpers, Strosek replaced the front and rear bumpers with their own kits. Strosek’s bumpers were much rounder than the originals and produced a softer, more modern overall effect. The designer also removed the pop-up headlights along with replacing the front turn signals to give the front hood a more aerodynamic look. Two of the most unique features of Stosek’s Diablo design were the two outside side mirrors. They are something we have never seen before. Instead of sitting on the lower corners of the windshield, altered rearview mirrors were installed on top of the doors. Mirrors became reminiscent of short antennas, and we are very curious to see how they work.
Strosek also changed the spoiler quite a bit. The original Diablo design featured a high-wing rear spoiler, but Strosek designed the Diablo rear spoiler to be integrated into the trunk of the car. He also made them adjustable based on downforce needs. Strosek changed many of the rear designs, adding two heavy-gauge tailpipes and a few other additions. The designer also removed the wheels and fitted his specially designed 18-inch magnesium wheels. If customers preferred chrome wheels, I would put them on the Diablo. Strosek left much of the interior of the Lamborghini Diablo intact, save for a couple of minor details. When requested by a customer, Strosek changed the door panels and added bucket seats. Although it was unclear if Strosek made any changes to the engine, it is likely that he did. Strosek has been known to mess with the engine a bit. However, Lamborghini engines are true works of art. We wouldn’t mind if Strosek let them be.
Unfortunately, due to the power of the Lamborghini Diablo’s engine, the supercar can reach speeds of over 200 mph. For this reason, it is illegal to drive the Devil on American roads. Even modified supercars like the Diablo Strosek are still considered illegal. So even if Strosek added mods to the Devil to tame the beast a bit, we still wouldn’t find it …