3 V12 generations: Lamborghini Countach, Diablo and Aventador: we tested them all

3 V12 generations: Lamborghini Countach, Diablo and Aventador: we tested them all


Three V12 generations: Lamborghini Countach (silver), Aventador (blue/grey) and Diablo (gold).

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3 generations of V12Lamborghini Countach, Diablo and Aventador: we tried them all

The Countach was the dream car of Gen X, Diablo posters were on everyone’s walls in the Millennium. And of course today’s kids will be very happy with the Aventador one day. We had the opportunity to test drive three Lamborghinis at Misano.

My love for cars started in the 1980s. In my childhood room, I had a box full of small cars. And like all Gen X boys, I obviously also played the car card game. But perhaps the most memorable experience was the first time I saw a real Lamborghini Countach. Like every year, we were on our vacation route to the Adriatic Sea when I suddenly came face to face with a black Countach at a rest stop on the Italian autostrada. At that time, among the Fiats, motorhomes and other vacation vehicles that stood in the street parking lot, it stood out a lot with its angular silhouette, like a UFO. I don’t remember if I, like the Piedmontese, also shouted “Count” (which is equivalent to “wow!”, “big!” or “crazy!”). However, it is a memory that remains with me.

Count: as if from another planet

Until today! More than 30 years later, I’m heading back to beautiful Italy. Not to party in Rimini or drown in the Adriatic, but to drive yourself, for the very first time, a Countach. With 455 hp (which the very last Countach built, on display at the Lamborghini museum, comes from a 5.2-liter twelve-cylinder engine), the fighting bull is one of the fastest and most impressive road cars ever. built, even in 2022. Even today, 295 km / h is nothing.

And it is no small thing to make a cow act. Driving a Countach in the height of summer in Italy is a sporting challenge for both man and machine, especially in 35-degree weather. While the clutch works the calf muscles with each gear change, the powerless steering wheel works the biceps. . In turn, the 15-inch Pirelli P Zero tires provide maximum comfort. Air conditioning was still missing in the Countach and the windows could hardly be opened. The rear window makes it possible, even better, to orient yourself roughly. However, and perhaps it is for this reason that I appreciate the pure and true pleasure of driving more, that I will not stop again and again to stimulate the Countach 25th Anniversary, until even the carabinieri closes not one, but both. eyes and smell every meter of the trip. I’m sweating, but with a big smile on my face that I get out of the car after the test. There, it’s done! I can cross another item off my bucket list.

Even today, the Lamborghini Countach, built from 1974 to 1990, and its successor, the Lamborghini Diablo, released from 1990 to 2001, look futuristic.

Even today, the Lamborghini Countach, built from 1974 to 1990, and its successor, the Lamborghini Diablo, released from 1990 to 2001, look futuristic.

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For the Countach, Lamborghini had chosen 15-inch Pirelli P Zero tires, which, all things considered, are small these days.

For the Countach, Lamborghini had chosen 15-inch Pirelli P Zero tires, which, all things considered, are small these days.

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The Lamborghini Diablo also had a V12 engine...

The Lamborghini Diablo also had a V12 engine…

Giacomo Geroldi/Pirelli

Diablo: The Big Giant Mover

Next on the list: the Lamborghini Diablo, the car that every millennial or teenager born in the mid-1980s/early 1990s had one posted in their bedroom. Again, Lamborghini and Pirelli have produced the last example ever built, which is usually in a museum. The engine, at the same time increased to 6.0 liters, develops 549 hp. What catapults the car to 100 km / h in less than four seconds. Its maximum speed is 335 km / h. To ensure that the beast can reach this speed safely, its long-time tire partner Pirelli has developed special 18-inch P Zero tires with a width of 345 millimeters.

But the Diablo and Countach have not only tires, but also twelve cylinders, placed behind the driver, together. And like its predecessor, Diablo roars like the devil himself spreading terror on the streets surrounding Misano. Other than that, the Fighting Bull is very easy to drive. The gear change is done more precisely, the climate ensures a pleasant temperature and thanks to the power steering, you can take advantage of it more quickly to take every turn and every bend. Diablo’s Journey is also ending very soon. But there is still one.

Aventador: the latest version of the V12

Namely Aventador Ultimae. Unfortunately, there was no Murcielago on site; so it’s the Aventador, built since 2011, that packs the V12 ball. At least, as far as original engines go. Well, Lamborghini will re-install the V12 in the successor of the Aventador from 2023, but with the help of a hybrid. And so, as a farewell, we want to see the last “real” cow of 780 hp, capable of reaching 350 km / ha in the stomach. Aventador has been equipped with automatic transmission for a long time, which does not take away the pleasure of changing gears manually using paddles. Even on rough roads, the Aventador holds perfectly to the pavement. The Pirelli P Zeros, now 21 inches tall, channel the power down the road gracefully at every turn.

But in the end, the one with a bigger smile than mine is a little Italian boy who enjoyed sitting in the Countach. Who knows, maybe 20, 30 or 40 years from now, when Lamborghinis are also electric, he will still remember his first encounter with a fighting bull and spend all those years dreaming of his first time behind the wheel of a real Lamborghini V12.