The original Lamborghini Countach debuted as a concept in 1971 for the Geneva Motor Show that year. It caused good sensations and in fact, over the years it became a mythical model for the brand at the height of other legends of the house of Sant'Agata Bolognese.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of one of the cars that shaped the definition of a supercar, and what better way was there to celebrate such a special anniversary than with a resurrection of the model, so fashionable lately both in the supercar segment with examples such as the Bugatti Centodieci, as in smaller cars.
Influenced by the original Countach
And it is that finally, after several internal reports that pointed out this possibility, Lamborghini confirmed through its official Twitter account with a teaser video of just 20 seconds that the Lamborghini Countach returns in the XXI century, pointing to an imminent premiere that has just finished take place on the occasion of Monterey Car Week.
The images show us a model that picks up the seventies lines of the Countach on what appears to be the base of the Lamborghini Sián, with a much cleaner silhouette than that of the most recent Lambo that includes the main features of the classic supercar, such as its face with rectangular headlights and air intakes, the large triangle-shaped air inlet behind the driver's door and the gills behind its windows, and a spectacular rear that adapts the rear of the Countach to the 21st century, with a gigantic diffuser and its two pairs of traditional-looking exhaust outlets. Even its wheels (20 inches on the front axle and 21 "on the rear) that form five circles are reminiscent of those of classic Lamborghini. Only the taillights take a little more license compared to the original model, with a rather similar to the Sián.
Lamborghini makes available to buyers of this car a wide range of Heritage exterior colors, including the iconic Impact White, Giallo, and Medium Green. These shades are complemented by other more contemporary novelties, such as gray, purple, and blue. As for the interior, there are four configurations available, one-color or two-color, in a choice of five colors for the carpet, headliner, and seams.
The Italian brand ensures that the interior is inspired by the design of the original Countach, adapted to a modern car. A classic and luxurious leather with geometric stitching stands out, either on the exclusive car seats or on the dashboard, and squared details that refer to the bold style and optimism of the design and technology of the 70s. A central touch screen 8.4-inch, exclusive to the LPI 800-4, allows you to manage the controls of the car, including connectivity and Apple CarPlay. It also includes the exclusive "Stile" button which, when pressed, explains the Countach's design philosophy to its privileged owner.
800 hp hybrids
And it is no coincidence since like Lamborghini's latest electrified supercar this Countach is also a hybrid. As is customary, its name already confirms the main details of its mechanics since LPI stands for Longitudinale Posteriore Ibrido, which means that, in addition to maintaining the usual central engine configuration in rear longitudinal arrangement, an "I" is added for the first time. which makes it clear that its mechanics will be hybrid.
A propulsion system that, as the last part of its name also indicates, offers a lot, but a lot of power. Virtually all responsibility falls on a naturally aspirated V12 engine that develops a total of 780 horsepower on its own, although when combined with a 34-horsepower electric drive, the futuristic reinterpretation of the Countach achieves a combined peak power of 814 horsepower. All that energy is sent to all four wheels so that this vehicle manages to reach 100 km / h in just 2.8 seconds (200 km / h is reached in 8.6 seconds) and its maximum speed is 355 km / h.
"The Countach LPI 800-4 is a visionary car, as was its predecessor. One of the most important automotive icons, the Countach, not only reflects Lamborghini's design and engineering principle but represents our philosophy of reinventing the limits. , achieving the unexpected and extraordinary, and most importantly being 'dream stuff.' The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage to this Lamborghini legacy without being hindsight - imagine how the iconic Countach of the 70s and 80s could have evolved into an elite supercar of this decade. It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, exploring new avenues of design and technology while commemorating our brand's DNA. It is a Lamborghini that innately expresses character imperishable and emotional of the brand: always inspiring and exciting to see, hear and, above all, drive, "he says Stephan Winkelmann, President, and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.
Arrives in 2022
At first, it was thought that it would be a special commemorative edition, perhaps a very limited special series or even an exhibition car show for the aforementioned event, but we already know that Lamborghini will produce a total of 112 units of this legendary sports car that caused a sensation in the 1980s. That number was no accident as it denotes the name of the in-house project "LP 112" used during the development of the original Lamborghini Countach. The first units will arrive in the first quarter of next year.