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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Best of the Bull : The 15 Fastest Lamborghini Models

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The 15 Fastest Lamborghini Models

Few names are further etched in auto lore than that of Lamborghini. The Italian automaker was founded in the 1960s to compete with the likes of Ferrari, and after a few years picked up a lot of traction among car buffs. The company has since gone on to become one of the world’s leaders in engineering and design, releasing swaths of cars over the year that have pushed boundaries on multiple fronts. Now its vehicles are mostly seen driving up to red carpets at Hollywood premiers, carefully situated outside of fancy restaurants, or enjoyed by wealthy Wall Street brokers as status symbols.

The past half-century has seen major jumps in driving technology, and Lamborghini has played its part. Developing insane concept vehicles and constantly looking for ways to improve performance ever so slightly has become the company’s calling-card, and with each passing decade, it has only gotten better. Lamborghini now makes some of the fastest cars in the world, and definitely some of the most recognizable.
We’re taking a look at the 15 fastest Lamborghini models the company has produced. There are a myriad of concepts, one-offs, and specially modified vehicles that we did not include, as we wanted to stick close to base models that are, or were at one point, available for purchase. Notable exclusions include the Diablo Coatl, the Furruccio Concept, the Diablo VTTT, Diablo GT1, and the Estoque.

Read on to see the fastest 15 cars Lamborghini has produced over the past 50 years.

Lamborghini DIablo VT 6.0

15. Diablo VT — 201 mph

Take a time machine back to 2001 where the Diablo VT is fresh off the line and ready to hit the road. The VT model can accelerate ferociously, blasting from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. Power comes in healthy doses, as the V12 engine kicks out horsepower of up to 580 ponies. The car tops out at just over 200 miles per hour, giving it marked improvement over the standard Diablo model. The VT was not the first and it won’t be the last variant of the Diablo, but it is an impressive one by any measure.

Gallardo LP 560-4

14. Gallardo LP 560-4 — 202 mph

This is the cream of the crop when it comes to the Gallardo line, the LP 550-2. This model can hit a top speed of 202 miles per hour, and reach 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. There are several variations of the Gallardo, but none of them can match the performance specifications of the LP 560-4. The 10-cylinder engine can make 560 horsepower, allowing for insane acceleration and an overall backbreaking driving experience.

Huracán LP610-4

13. Huracán LP610-4 — 202 mph

Watch out world, Lamborghini is set to unleash a monster with the new Huracán LP610-4. This car is due out for the 2015 model year, and has the auto world on edge, ready to see it in action. The Huracán LP610-4 will generate 610 horsepower from a modified 5.2-liter V10 engine, allowing it to break the 200 mph mark, and reach a top speed of 202 miles per hour. The acceleration isn’t anything to sneeze at either, going from 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds.

Diablo SV

12. Diablo SV — 204 mph

Making its debut in 1995 at the Geneva Auto Show, the Diablo SV took the world by storm with its lightning fast abilities. The SV in the title stands for SuperVeloce, also used on other Lamborghini models, and adopted by the Diablo for this special off-shoot. The Diablo SV could hit a maximum speed of 204 miles per hour, and hit 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds. In its prime, the SV produced up to 510 horsepower from a 5.7-liter V12 engine. To this day, it’s one of the fastest Diablo variants of all time.

Murciélago LP650 Roadster

11. Murciélago LP650 Roadster — 205 mph

You’d be hard-pressed to find a faster convertible than the Murciélago LP650 Roadster, which tops out at 205 miles per hour. It’s safe to say you’ll probably lose your hat as soon as you hit the gas, as this Murciélago variant also has plenty of jump, hitting 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. Only 50 units of this car were built, keeping in-line with Lamborghni’s well-known low production counts. It does house a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 650 horsepower, making it sporty, sleek, sexy, and incredibly powerful.



10. Reventón – 205 mph

Lamborghini’s Reventón is not only fast, but very hard to find. Only 20 units were produced, and they started out in 2008 with a price tag of around $1.4 million. Based off the Murciélago LP640, the Reventón can jet to 205 miles per hour, and rocket to 60 miles per hour from zero in 3.4 seconds. Behind 650 horsepower provided thanks to a 12-cylinder engine, the Reventón will forever be recognized as one of Lamborghini’s most intimidating models.

Sesto Elemento

9. Sesto Elemento — 205 mph

Recently confirmed as a production model, the Sesto Elemento is a newer addition to the Lamborghini lineup, and is one of the quickest cars available. The Sesto Elemento can go from 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 205 miles per hour. The car itself takes advantage of a super lightweight body, which actually weighs less than a Mini Cooper, believe it or not. In terms of quickness, only the fastest cars in the world can match up to the Sesto Elemento’s 0-60 time. It packs quite a punch from its light frame, generating 570 horsepower from a V10 engine.

Diablo GT


8. Diablo GT — 210 mph

This is the car that strikes fear into men’s hearts — the wicked fast Diablo GT. Limited to 80 total unites, the GT could race to a maximum speed of 210 miles per hour, and jet from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. The Diablo GT differed from many other Diablo variants by using a 6.0-liter v12 engine, generating 575 horsepower, and was paired with the standard 5-speed manual transmission. The biggest difference was in the body structure of the GT, which was modified heavily from the original Diablo using carbon fiber to increase wind resistance and aerodynamics for ultimate performance.

Diablo SE30 Jota

7. Diablo SE30 Jota — 211 mph

The Diablo variants just never seem to end, and one of the more rare of those is the SE30 Jota model. A mere 150 of the SE30 models were produced, and even less than that — 15 to be exact — were upgraded to the Jota model. This Diablo model could hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill in 3.7 seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 211 miles per hour. The Jota variant produced 595 horsepower with a V12 engine, and still ranks as one of the fastest Lamborghini vehicles ever 20 years after production ended.

Murciélago LP640


6. Murciélago LP640 — 212 mph

The Murciélago came in many different forms, and one of its most basic, the LP640, can put up serious numbers. The statistics on the Murciélago LP640 are strikingly impressive, a top speed of 212 miles per hour, a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds, and 640 horsepower produced by a 6.4-liter V12 engine. There are examples of some people really pushing the limit, supposedly pushing this car to 219 miles per hour, although nothing official has been confirmed.

Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce

5. Murciélago LP670-4 SuperVeloce — 212 mph

A variant of the Murciélago, the LP670-4 SuperVeloce, is able to slightly outdo its little brother, the LP640. The SuperVeloce is also able to hit a top speed of 212 miles per hour, but is slightly quicker, with a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. Coming in with an additional 30 horsepower, the SuperVeloce is equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that kicks out 670 total ponies. Slight design tweaks throughout its carbon fiber body give the SuperVeloece a slight edge over the LP640, handing it the fourth spot on the list.

Diablo GT-R



4. Diablo GT-R — 217 mph

A very rare model, the GT-R variant of the Diablo saw only 30 models hit the roads, all built for racing purposes in Germany. The Diablo GT-R was produced in 1999 and in 2000, and today they are very hard to find. This car spits out nearly 600 horsepower from an all-aluminum 5.9-liter V12 engine that many report could power it to a top speed of 217 miles per hour. That’s an improvement over the GT model, which could hit speeds of 211. Lamborghini never published official track times and results for the GT-R, but from what we do know, it drove like a bat out of hell.

Aventador LP700-4 Roadster

3. Aventador LP700-4 Roadster – 217 mph

The Aventador is a true Italian stallion. Blending carbon fiber engineering with a V12 engine, the Aventador LP700-4 can hit a top speed of 217 miles per hour. The car was handcrafted in Sant’Agata Bolognese, giving it an Italian heritage and DNA that can only be felt while driving it. Reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds flat, it’s also one of the quickest cars on the market. When you’re sitting pretty with a 700 horsepower 6.5-liter V12 under the hood, you don’t have much option other than quick.

Aventador LP700-4

2. Aventador LP700-4 — 217 mph

The fan-favorite Aventador LP700-4 is right up near the top, with a blistering top speed of 217 miles per hour, and acceleration that can make it move from zero to 60 in just 2.9 seconds. The Aventador is the key component to the current lineup of Lamborghini vehicles, and it’s definitely cementing its legacy. The car’s V12 engine can produce upwards of 700 horsepower, making for a driving experience akin to flying a MIG.


1. Veneno – 220 mph

The Veneno is not only fast, it’s the most expensive production car on the market today with a price tag of around $4 million. This beast uses a 740 horsepower V12 engine to hit explosive speeds that top out at 220 miles per hour, and has been engineered to make the most out of aerodynamic design. The car itself uses lots of carbon fiber construction to achieve its looks and power to weight ratio, giving it its incredible performance abilities. It has the looks of the Batmobile, the speed of a supercar and the price tag of a yacht. It’s not a one-off, but may as well be — only three hardtops were made, and nine convertibles will join them.