The loud roar of a V12 Italian engine is a dream of many car fans, but at this years Los Angeles Auto Show a 1991 Lamborghini Diablo will storm in with a self-claimed loudest exhaust on one of the raging bull cars. The timeless design and performance of Lamborghini’s has made the moniker a popular dream car, with many current models costing $250,000 or more new.
Enthusiasts visiting the LA Auto Show will be able to hear the very loud exhaust of this custom Diablo from the mind of the designers at Franco’s European from Van Nuys, California. Specializing in custom exhausts, engine and performance tuning of all sorts of prestigious sports and super cars, the tuner modified the Diablo with a custom exhaust that draws gear heads to drool with the turn of a key and a simple rev of the powerful engine.
One gear head that was drawn to the loud Lamborghini Diablo was former Tonight Show host Jay Leno. Leno, who has his own extensive car collection including various Lamborghini’s, was so taken by the Diablo that he showcased the car on Jay Leno’s Garage. Jay Leno’s Garage is Leno’s YouTube channel and website where the comedian shares his love of automobiles with the world. Leno took the Diablo for a test drive during the recording of a video segment and appeared to be impressed with the performance and sound that the Italian rocket made.
Franco’s European and other tuners and parts manufacturers use events like the Los Angeles Auto Show to find potential new customers. Bringing in a masterpiece of automobile tuning draws people to shops to have “that” done to their car, or potentially create something new and unique to turn the auto world on its ear.
The core behind this loud Diablo is the Lamborghini name. According to the History Channel, Ferruccio Lamborghini started in Italy after World War II as a tractor manufacturer. He converted surplus military equipment into tractors and made a fortune. The money that Lamborghini’s success earned him gave him the financial freedom to purchase a variety of luxury sports cars, including a Ferrari. Ferrari was considered as one of the top automobiles of the time, and Lamborghini thought he could do it better and set out to become Ferrari’s top competitor.
The car maker has suffered throughout the years and is now in the stable of Volkswagen and Audi. Still a competitor to Ferrari and still Italian, Lambos have retained a sexiness that comes from being a European supercar.
The LA Auto Show begins today and fans can storm into the Los Angeles Convention Center to see the loud Lamborghini Diablo and other customized and concept cars and aftermarket parts that will be hitting the market soon. The LA Auto Show ends on November 30 and is open to the public. Manufactures from around the world are in attendance and visitors will have the chance to take photos with the loud Lamborghini and hear the exhaust amplify the sound of the Italian ponies under the engine cover of the two seat supercar.
By Carl Auer