The Iconic Lamborghini Countach Returns As A Modern, Hybrid Supercar
Feast your eyes on the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, a modern-day interpretation of the iconic 1970s and ’80s supercar that most of us grew up dreaming about, with Countach posters adorning our bedroom walls.
The new Countach, unveiled today at an event during Monterey Car Week, pays homage to the design of the original Countach, which made it’s debut in 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show and helped to put Lamborghini on the map and started a decades long rivalry between Ferrari that still lives on to this day.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of that debut, it seemed only fitting for Lamborghini to resurrect the storied nameplate. According to Lamborghini, the new Countach is meant “to imagine how the iconic Countach of the ’70s and ’80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade.”
Perfect proportions and futuristic style. The daring, disruptive design that led generations of supercars lives on in this commemorative version. The clean lines, the rear longitudinal position of the V12 engine and the iconic scissor doors, now reinterpreted with even sharper edges, make it instantly recognizable and revolutionary at the same time. Exclusive trims have been designed to reflect the car’s unique DNA, such as solid heritage colors Giallo Countach and Impact White, along with contemporary metallic colors like Viola Pasifae and Blu Uranus.
The low, geometric cabin of the Countach LPI 800-4 complements the lines of the exterior, expressing a new design that amplifies the sensation of being in a car from the future. An exclusive range of single-color, two-color and carbon fiber trims preserve the elemental yet unconventional style of a timeless classic. The car’s unique style speaks to you from every angle and combines beautifully with luxury Italian craftsmanship and cutting-edge tech.
Under the hood, it’s a combination of old meets new. Just like the original Countach, there’s a V12 engine powering this Italian stallion. But the similarities end there. This is actually a hybrid setup (similar to the one in the Lamborghini Sián), with a 6.5-liter V12 engine paired with a 33-hp electrical motor. Combined, the system offers 803 horsepower through all four wheels, good for 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of 221 mph.
“The Countach LPI 800-4 is a visionary car of the moment, just as its forerunner was,” said Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “One of the most important automotive icons, the Countach not only embodies the design and engineering tenet of Lamborghini but represents our philosophy of reinventing boundaries, achieving the unexpected and extraordinary and, most importantly, being the ‘stuff of dreams’. The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage to this Lamborghini legacy but it is not retrospective.”
While I love everything about this new Countach, I do wish that they would have gone with the spoiler that the 80’s models had, as the car just feels a little unbalanced and “plain” without it. But otherwise, I think they really knocked it out of the park!
Lamborghini will only be producing 112 cars, the number denoting the LP 112 internal project name used during the original Lamborghini Countach’s development. Priced at $2.64 million, each one has already been presold, and deliveries are expected to begin in early 2022.
What do you think of the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, is it worthy of the iconic Countach nameplate, or is it just a rebadged Aventador money-grab?
Photos courtesy of Lamborghini