After 31 years, Lamborghini has revived the Countach name. Back in production to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary, the all-new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 gets distinctive throwback looks paired to an 802-hp hybrid V-12 powertrain.
Though Lamborghini never comes out and says it in the press release, the car’s body lines, taillights, and familiar powertrain suggests the Countach LPI 800-4 is based on the limited-production Sián, itself based on the company’s flagship Aventador supercar, which has been in production since 2012. Like the Sián, the new Countach uses a 6.5-liter V-12 paired to a 48-volt electric motor mounted directly to the seven-speed single-clutch ISR gearbox, powered by a supercapacitor system that the company claims provides three times more power versus a lithium-ion battery of the same weight. In this application, the engine produces 769 horsepower on its own. Combined with the additional 33 horsepower from the electric motor, and you’re looking at 802 horsepower total.
The real story is the looks. Though the Countach’s Aventador underpinnings are clear, designers molded the car in homage to the original. Gone are all the extra angles and pointy edges, replaced by smoother, simpler lines that reflect the elegance of the Seventies icon we all know and love. Sadly, the pop-up headlights weren’t revived, but the squared-off lamps and uncluttered nose are fine inclusions. Out back you’ll find a triple hexagon taillight setup surrounded by an outline taken straight off the original car. The quad-exhaust setup is similar to the original Countach’s as well, and like those early “Periscopio” cars, there’s no fixed wing to be found.
The $2.64-million Countach LPI 800-4 premieres today at the Quail during Monterey Car Week 2021, in case you want to check it out in person. Lamborghini plans to build 112 examples—a callback to “LP 112,” the original Countach’s internal project name used during development. Lamborghini will begin delivering cars in the first quarter of 2022. A company representative declined to comment on whether the car is already sold out when reached by Road & Track by email.
What do you think of the new Countach? Does it live up to the original? Or has Lamborghini muddied its heritage? Let us know in the comments below.
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