It truly is an automotive classic.
Lamborghini has created numerous spectacular supercars over the years and is set to continue that trend as we head into the age of electrification. The Sant'Agata-based maker of Italian exotica is currently testing a mysterious new prototype that may be a hybrid version of the Aventador, but whatever new vehicles the marque is currently working on, the famous Countach lends its spirit to every Lamborghini. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Countach has become a legend, and Lamborghini says that every model since its release has seen its design inspired by the quinquagenarian supercar, including those currently in production.
Among those modern-day models are the Aventador, Huracan, Sian, and Urus. Mitja Borket, Head of Design at Lamborghini says: "These are works of art that always remain relevant, and the form of the Countach is one of them. Its design is comprised of perfect proportions, characterized by a very pure and essential approach. Its distinctive feature is the single longitudinal line that visually connects the front and rear parts. From a stylistic point of view, it's a perfect inspiration because, even when the rest is modified, the line is an element of visual continuity between past and present. It's the epitome of the DNA in all Lamborghini design, the tradition of the stylistic language from the origins to the present day."
That's not just rose-tinted nostalgia talking either - the low and wide appearance of the Countach has been reinvented in many new Lambos yet is still clearly the best look for any Lamborghini supercar. Diagonal lines on the hood and engine compartment of the Countach are another pair of cues that modern Lamborghinis borrow too, as is the shape of the low and squared glasshouse. Along with the slope of the windscreen and the cut of the windows, Lamborghini says that these shapes have remained unchanged over the years to make every Lambo "easily identifiable at first glance."
The Countach set a precedent in another way too. It introduced a futuristic style that was far ahead of its time for the 1970s, "an era of explosive creativity and one of the most significant moments for design." The space race, the advent of computers, the geometrically-inspired fashion trends, the explosion of bright colors, the Jet Age - all of these things characterized the decade and inspired the Countach's design. Nothing has changed today - modern Lamborghinis are just as futuristic to look at and are also inspired by modern tech, fashion, and other advances. Truly, the Countach blazed a new trail, and every supercar since, whether a Lambo or not, can thank the Countach for accelerating modern design and style.