And it looks very similar to the original, which is a good thing.
We can't believe we're saying this, but the Lamborghini Countach is back. The supercar featured on the poster that minted a generation of car enthusiasts has made its world re-debut at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering during Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 50 years after the original was introduced to the world. And, it is every bit of what we'd hope a modern Countach to be. It might be cleaner and slimmed down, but it's still worthy of the name and is every bit as poster-worthy as the original V12 dream machine.
The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 name stands for Longitudinale Posteriore Ibrido (longtidunal, rear-mounted, hybrid) while the numerical suffix is a rounded off version of the 802-horsepower and four-wheel drive. It inherits the naturally aspirated V12 and seven-speed automatic gearbox of the Sian FKP 37 hypercar including its 48-volt e-motor system and supercapacitor for a total torque output of 557 lb-ft. All of that is good for a 0-62 mph sprint in 2.8 seconds, 0-124 mph in 8.6 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," says Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. "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: it imagines how the iconic Countach of the '70s and '80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade."
The Countach features an aluminum double wishbone suspension at both ends, with F1-style pushrod shocks that adjust with the drive modes. It gets a new take on the classic telephone wheels measuring 20/21 inches front/rear housing with giant carbon ceramic brake discs and six- and four-piston calipers for the front and rear respectively. A staggered set Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are stuck at the corners.
As you can see the new car sports a similar silhouette to the original, with sharp lines and huge vents in its sides inspired by the original NACA air intakes. It does not sport the company's original pop-up headlights or standalone fixed wing, with the former outlawed due to safety, and the latter replaced by a three-position electronically operated spoiler. The final outline, Lamborghini says, takes inspiration from the first LP400 and LP500 versions, as well as the Quattrovalvole edition. It keeps the wedge shape, and the rear is a perfect modern interpretation of the original with its hexagonal influences, inverted wedge design, and four tailpipes. Naturally, Lamborghini's infamous scissor doors are present, which were first introduced on the Countach before becoming a signature of all V12 Lambos.
Most of the panels are made from painted carbon fiber, leading to a dry curb weight of 3,516 pounds. The front splitter, windshield frame, wing mirrors, air intakes and rockers panels let the carbon weave show through. The roof is made from photochromatic glass, which can change from transparent to opaque at the push of a button.
The show car debuts in Bianco Siderale - a new shade of white with a pearlescent blue tint inspired by Ferruccio Lamborghini's personal Countach LP 400 S - over red and black heritage leather. Lamborghini says the cabin also takes inspiration from the original but blends these cues with modern requirements, such as the 8.4-inch touchscreen display replete with Apple CarPlay functionality. The specially designed comfort seats and dash feature contrast stitching in a 1970s-inspired square motif. Buyers will be able to select from a range of heritage exterior paint options including Giallo Countach (Countach yellow), Impact White, and Verde Medio, but a contemporary palette will be filled with Lamborghini staples like Viola Pasifae and Blue Uranus.
Lamborghini will only produce 112 examples as a nod to the internal codename of the original Countach - LP 112 - with deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2022. The price is yet to be announced, but earlier reports suggest a tag in excess of $3 million.