If there’s one thing that feels certain in the collector car market, it’s that the Singer-ization of European performance cars will continue. From optimized Lancia Delta Integrales to updated Porsche 928s, the cars of the ‘80s and ‘90s are going through their own restomod phase. The latest examples aims a little higher by taking an iconic Lamborghini and giving it the Captain America treatment. Say hello to the Eccentrica Diablo.
Eccentrica is the brainchild of Emanuel Colombini, a man who made his name in furniture. That might sound a bit odd, but might I remind you that Christian von Koenigsegg patented click-together flooring before he started making hypercars. In addition to being a furniture magnate and wearer of very stylish suits, Colombini races in Lamborghini’s Super Trofeo series and is pretty quick, having reached the podium in a full third of races entered. With racing experience, a love for Lamborghini, and capital, he seems like the right sort of guy to head up a project like this.
From the outside, this Diablo seems crafted with careful attention to history. The overhangs have been tucked in, the scoops dug-out, and the fenders ever so slightly pumped up. The front bumper takes inspiration from the Diablo GTR race car, the grillework from Lamborghini’s current hexagon motif, and the 19-inch alloy wheels necessary to fit massive brakes from period-correct motorsport five-spokes. While the customization is certainly extensive, I appreciate the level of restraint.
If the exposed headlights aren’t to your tastes, don’t worry. At the flick of a switch, they’re able to hide behind body-color covers to offer the best of both the pop-up headlight-equipped and 300ZX headlight-equipped Diablos in one car.
In this application, the Diablo’s 5.7-liter V12 has been massaged with new valves, camshafts, and a Capristo exhaust system to produce 542 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. Not massive numbers, but how much would you really want to mess with Giotto Bizzarrini’s twelve-cylinder masterpiece? Besides, 542 horsepower is plenty in a road car and this thing is said to generate some insane numbers. Sure, zero-to-62 mph in 3.5 seconds is quick, and 208 mph flat-out is fast, but that isn’t the really impressive part. Eccentrica claims that this worked-over Diablo will pull 1.2 lateral g. I’ll give you a minute for your eyeballs to find their way back into your skull.
Although the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R is a heroic tire, rubber compound alone doesn’t explain that astounding figure. We’re talking modern, best-of-the-best trackday-focused supercar grip from a 30-year-old Italian successor to a car with an expletive as a name. That’s like if one of the Gallagher brothers just beat Usain Bolt in a footrace.
If the quoted grip is astonishing, you should see the cabin. I love the Lamborghini Diablo more than I love some of my relatives, but I’ll admit, the original interior leaves something to be desired. On early cars, the steering wheel and instrument cluster are located three-to-five business days away from each other, the switchgear seems to be whatever suppliers had left over in the parts bin, and the upholstery finishing is occasionally on the crude side. Not so with Eccentrica’s restomod. Every single thing you see or touch has been reimagined, from a new gated shifter to the digital dashboard straight out of arcade fantasies. This might be the best interior ever installed in a Lamborghini, which says a lot considering how Audi’s been in charge for decades.
Despite the square footage of synthetic suede and sound system by Marantz, Eccentrica found a way to cut some weight out of its Diablo. The firm quotes a targeted power-to-weight ratio of 2.9 kg per horsepower, or 6.393 pounds per horsepower. If we extrapolate that out, the targeted curb weight should sit at 1,571.8 kg, or just 3,463.5 pounds. That’s 56.5 pounds lighter than a 1992 Lamborghini Diablo as-tested by Car And Driver.
The Eccentrica Diablo doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but instead polishes it to a mirror finish. It’s the poster car that we love, improved with modern technology. As you’d expect, such extensive work doesn’t come cheap, but it’s not hideously expensive either. There’s no getting around that a conversion cost of €1.2 million is a lot of money, but that underwhelming Aventador-based Countach LPI 800-4 carried a price tag of $2.64 million, and it doesn’t seem nearly as exciting as the Eccentrica Diablo. Expect 19 to be built, each using a standard Diablo as a donor car.
(Photo credits: Eccentrica)
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