The futuristic version of the iconic Countach is back, or rather its official title: Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4… and it looks pretty slick…
Following much speculation and quivering lips, Lamborghini finally unveiled its new Countach at Northern California’s Quail Motorsports Gathering this morning and we bet you’re thinking it looks like an Aventador with a humungous vent in the door.
Ok, less of the jibes and more of those wonderful puristic lines that clearly resemble the LP 500 concept and LP 400 production car we all love to wax lyrical about. Even better, it makes all the right noises with its aspirated V12 engine combined with Lamborghini’s hybrid supercapacitor technology.
So, not only has the new ‘wedge shape’ Countach LPI 800-4 managed to retain that unique 6.5-litre V12 experience from its Longitudinale Posteriore (LP) mounted powerplant coupled to a 48v electric motor… It’s even a four-wheel drive in case you need that extra traction.
The Lamborghini Countach unveiling…
It’s ridiculously quick too, delivering 814 cv as maximum combined power (rounded at 800 in the name) from its aspirated powerplant (780 cv) and electric motor (34 cv) to its permanent four-wheel drive transmission, the LPI 800-4 produces peak Lamborghini performance of 0-100 km/h acceleration in just 2.8 seconds, a 0-200 km/h in 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 355 km/h.
Whether those sharp angles, uncluttered lines, and idiosyncratic wedge shape are enough to make it another drool-worthy poster car is another debate, but the definitive connection with the Countach’s five models over nearly 20 years is without a doubt ever-present.
The instantly distinctive Countach face was taken from the Quattrovalvole edition featuring a low rectangular grille, and headlights, as are the wheel arches with their hexagonal theme. There is no fixed rear wing outside the pure lines, and the airscoops are integrated fluidly in the strong shoulders of the car, embellished with the distinctive Countach slatted ‘gills’.
The iconic and aerodynamically powerful NACA air intakes cut into the side and doors of the Countach LPI 800-4 while the distinctive Periscopio lines running through the roof to the rear of the car, particularly distinctive if viewed from above, appear to float towards the rear of the car.
The rear of the Countach LPI 800-4 is immediately recognizable from its distinctive inverted wedge shape, with the rear bumper featuring a lower, sleeker line, and the ‘hexagonita’ design shaping the three-unit rear light clusters. The LPI 800-4 sports the four-strong exhaust tailpipes of the Countach family, connected within the carbon fiber rear diffuser.
Access for driver and passenger is of course via the infamous scissor doors, first introduced on the Countach and that have become a Lamborghini V12 signature.
Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said:
“The Countach LPI 800-4 is a visionary car of the moment, just as its forerunner was. 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.
“It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, of exploring new design and technology avenues while celebrating the DNA of our brand. It is a Lamborghini that innately expresses the marque’s enduring and emotive power: always inspirational and thrilling to see, hear and most of all drive.”
Strangely, and rather unfairly, in our opinion, the new ‘Coon-tach’ seems to have attracted some negativity from the usual suspects when in reality it does mirror the past while embracing the future.
At a sniff over €2m plus local taxes per unit and with a limited run of just 112 units, you’d best start saving those pennies now if you’re thinking about joining the exclusive Lambo cruisers… too late, they’re all sold!
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