In the 1980s and early 1990s, the Lamborghini Countach was the only supercar important to kids. It’s back.
Lamborghini (VWAGY) is reviving the most famous name in its stable. One that is arguably the most renowned name in modern Italian motoring and influenced the design of many Lamborghini’s after it: the Diablo, the Murcielago, and the Aventador. In case you didn’t know, 2021 marks 50 years since the birth of the original Countach.
Friday’s Pebble Beach debut saw the return of the iconic wedge shape. It is distinctly Countach-looking but updated with the current styling language. Stephan Winkelmann (Lamborghini CEO) said:
“The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage, but it’s not retrospective: It imagines what the legendary Countach of the 70s and 80s might look like today,”
It preserves the Lamborghini tradition to look forward and explore new design and technology avenues while also celebrating our brand’s DNA.
The original Countach has no fixed rear wing. However, the signature side air-scoops and the distinctive slatted “gills,” located near the C-pillar, remain.
The engine is located behind the driver, just like in the current Lamborghini sports cars. But it has a trick. The 6.5-liter V-12 engine is placed longitudinally in the car, just like other Lamborghini sports cars. In addition, however, a 48-volt motor is directly bolted to its gearbox. This makes this Countach a hybrid.
If this setup sounds familiar, it’s because this is the same hybrid system pulled from the Sian supercar. However, this hybrid system uses a supercapacitor instead of a battery to store and expend electric energy.
The engine and the e-motor combine to produce 814 CV (approximately 802 HP), the machine producing 780cv, and the electric motor 34cv. All of this is driven by Lamborghini’s permanent four-wheel-drive transmission. Lamborghini claims that the Countach can reach 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and a maximum speed of around 220 mph.
Lamborghini plans to produce only 112 units. No price was released at the release. Given that the Sian started at around $2.6 million, we imagine the Countach might be slightly more than that.
Although it will be a steep price to pay for the album, the Countach fan base that grew up in synth-pop of the ’80s might find it difficult to overlook.
Reference: Yahoo Finance