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The ‘Diablo Auto’ Lamborghini Diablo from China

Published on August 11, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

This isn’t a Lamborghini Diablo but a ‘Diablo Auto’, a remarkable well-made Diablo lookalike from China, seen today at the Auto Tuning Car Show in Beijing. Diablo Auto had two fine cars on their booth, one purple Diablo VT Roadster and this brilliant orange Diablo VT.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

Nobody will see it’s a fake, when late at night… Power comes from a Toyota v8 1uz twin-turbo engine, tuned up to some 450 horsepower. Bode is from polyester, chassis from steel tubes. All hand-made in a small factory in the wastelands north of Beijing.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

This is the great man behind the machines. Meet Li Lin Tao, ‘Joe’ in English. He made his first Diablo in February, see this earlier article for a look inside his factory. The purple-wrapped Roadster was originally painted in yellow, the orange car is the second vehicle the factory made.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

“The First Supercar Builder in China”, Diablo Auto says, and actually that might be true. Sadly they don’t have a website yet but they do have a Weibo (Chinese Twitter clone): www.weibo.com/superspeedy.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

New pic from inside the factory. Lambo’s look very real from a distance.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

Purple car getting new wheels.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

Road test! The Diablo Auto Diablo’s are very unlikely to be street legal. But if you drive it down country nobody cares.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

Interior VT Roadster. Roof can be opened manually for the real supercar experience. Dash very close to the real Diablo too, but battery in the passenger’s footwell didn’t leave a very good impression…

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

Li Lin Tao is a great fan of the real Lamborghini. He made his first Diablo because he couldn’t afford the real thing. The response to that car was so good Li decided to make some more. Two more chassis are being Lamborghini’d as we write. The Lamborghini Diablo was never exported to China, it is therefore very well possible that soon later there will be more Diablo Auto Diablo’s on the road than Lamborghini Diablo’s.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

Using a Lambo-logo is not so smart, Italian lawyers can be dangerous (on bodywork just behind door).

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

This is much better (on the bonnet).

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

A mighty sportsmachine! Chinese-Italian madness.

The 'Diablo Auto' Lamborghini Diablo from China

Coming soon to a country road near ya’…

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  1. TurboJaySmith- August 11, 2012 Reply

    give me the orange one!!! awesome work indeed

  2. Fake In China: Lamborghini Diablo Goes To Hell | Daily Street- August 11, 2012 Reply

    […] owner is Li Lin “Joe” Tao. According to Carnewschina, Joe built his first Diablo because he couldn’t afford the real thing. He had some demand, and […]

  3. Fake In China: Lamborghini Diablo Goes To Hell |- August 11, 2012 Reply

    […] owners is Li Lin “Joeâ€� Tao. According to Carnewschina, Joe built his initial Diablo since he couldn’t means a genuine thing. He had some demand, […]

  4. TurboJaySmith- August 12, 2012 Reply

    Hope the quality is good, too

  5. Fake In China: Lamborghini Diablo Goes To Hell | Automotive Magazine- August 12, 2012 Reply

    […] owner is Li Lin “Joe” Tao. According to Carnewschina, Joe built his first Diablo because he couldn’t afford the real thing. He had some demand, and […]

  6. Fake In China: Lamborghini Diablo Goes To Hell | All Season Tire Review- August 12, 2012 Reply

    […] owner is Li Lin “Joe” Tao. According to Carnewschina, Joe built his initial Diablo considering he couldn’t afford the real thing. He had certain need, […]

  7. Aftermarket Leads » Fake In China: Lamborghini Diablo Goes To Hell- August 12, 2012 Reply

    […] owner is Li Lin “Joe” Tao. According to Carnewschina, Joe built his first Diablo because he couldn’t afford the real thing. He had some demand, and […]

  8. Mano- August 12, 2012 Reply

    This is why no one takes China seriously. Jesus Christ……

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