Lamborghini revives the Countach, unveils the limited edition Countach LPI 800-4
After days of speculations and teasers, Lamborghini has taken the wraps off of the much-anticipated Countach at the Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, USA. The design of the Countach was an unconventional one that surely made a lasting impact on the designs of all Lamborghinis for years to come. The new Countach, like its namesake, marks the transition of the company to a new era, this time the hybrid and electric era. The all-new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 is the first of the hybrid cars to be revealed after the announcement of the company’s plans to go fully plug-in hybrid and fully electric by 2024.
The LPI 800-4 carries forward the Countach legacy and can be recognised as the successor of the original one which had everyone in awe with its bonkers design. New Countach draws inspiration from the older car's wedge-like silhouette, and drapes it over a modern platform. . It sits low with sharp lines running across the length of the car on the sides and the doors, and it gets the iconic scissor doors. Fun fact, the Countach was the first Lamborghini to get the scissor doors and inspired the designs of the cars to come for generations from the company. It features a long rectangular bonnet with rectangular headlights and grille, and right towards the end of the bonnet sits the clean Lamborghini logo. The sides and doors of the car feature the large air intake cuts along with the air scoops in the shape of ‘gills’ sitting right next to the sleek windows. The wheel arches are low, clean and hexagonal in shape similar to the Quattrovalvole edition. The rear of the Countach is extremely cool with the symmetrical placement of the three-unit taillight clusters, four-pipe exhausts and the Lamborghini badge right between the joining lines of the taillight clusters. All the body panels and the monocoque chassis are made of carbon fibre which weighs the car at 1595kg (dry weight).
The interiors on this supercar, just like the rest of it are full red and black leather interior with geometric stitching inspired by the original Countach. The centre console inset gets an 8.4-inch HDMI touchscreen featuring Apple Carplay and connectivity, and controls. And fully digital instrument cluster. This interior, however, is familiar and is drawn from the Aventador.
The Countach gets a V12 displacing 6,498cc and a 48V e-motor. The engine identical to the Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae produces 770bhp and 720Nm of torque. Combined with a hybrid supercapacitor technology that was developed for the Sián, the Countach produces a whopping 802bhp, just slightly less than the Sián that has a combined power of 807bhp. Despite producing less power, when it comes to the performance bit, the Countach delivers identically to the Sián with a 0-100kmph in just 2.8 seconds, 0-200kmph in 8.6 seconds and an insane top speed of 355kmph.
The Countach has come a long way as compared to the older model that came with a four-litre V12 engine producing 370bhp which did a 0-100kmph in 5.4 seconds and had a top speed of 309kmph.
If all the things mentioned above don’t give it the exclusive and special factor, the fact that the company will be making only 112 units of this car surely does. With the unveiling of the new Countach, Lamborghini’s homage to the great car with an iconic design seems only appropriate, considering the 50 years anniversary since the first prototype of the Countach was showcased at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show.