Countach LPI 800-4 a 50th-anniversary tribute
Model brings back a host of classic Countach details
It’s the return of the poster car for more than a generation. Lamborghini has brought back the Countach name and applied it to a new hybrid model with a supercapacitor-powered electric motor. It’s a celebration of the 50th birthday of the original and, well, it’s pretty sweet.
Badged the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, it is based on the limited-production Sian, which means it’s based on a car that was itself based on the Aventador. Like the Sian, it uses a 6.5L V12 that’s paired with a 48V electric motor mounted to the seven-speed gearbox. The engine alone makes 769 hp and the motor adds 33 for a total of 802 horses, far more than any original Countach ever dreamed of.
It’s enough power for 0-200 km/h in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 335 km/h, with the electric power coming from a supercapacitor that offers three times the energy density of a lithium-ion battery.
The chassis and bodywork are all carbon fibre to keep the weight down, but it’s the changes they’ve made to the body to turn this into a Countach that have us drooling. The pointy bits and angles of the Sian and Aventador have been pared back. Instead, it’s a simple shape, almost sedate by Lamborghini standards.
There aren’t pop-up lamps, but there are LED modern lamps that do their best to simulate it. The side vent looks like the original, the new car has triple hexagonal taillights, and the quad exhaust is like the first car as well. Thankfully, they kept this one like an early Countach, meaning no wings or horrible federalized bumpers.
Just 112 will be made, recalling the LP-112 name of the original prototype. The price will be more than $2.6m and they’re going to start deliveries early next year. Buyers will be able to pick from a range of heritage colours, as well as a select group of more modern shades.