Your eyes are not deceiving you: that is indeed a new Countach.
Lamborghini has just revealed an all-new Countach, reviving the legend of the '80s that occupied many kids' bedroom walls because of its sexy wedge shape and Cannonball Run. The vehicle that Lamborghini just revealed is an homage to that, but with a twist: it's a hybrid.
Yes, Lamborghini is entering the hybrid game with the Countach name. Much in the same way that the original was a game changer and influential for supercars that followed, the new one embraces the changing times and serves as a commemorative model since the original from 50 years ago. It's hard to believe that the Countach name first appeared at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show.
“The Countach LPI 800-4 is a visionary car of the moment, just as its forerunner was,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO. “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’.”
Given that the new Countach LPI 800-4 is an homage to the original, Lamborghini preserved many of the styling cues that made the original truly iconic. The silhouette is instantly recognizable as a Countach with the sharp wedge shape and a raised rear, the straight and clean lines, as well as the affinity for geometry with that rectangular grille, among many others.
Lamborghini updated many of the details to conform to their modern designs such as the aero splitters in front and the “hexagonita” taillights. Lamborghini appears to have reimagined the classic NACA ducts on the side of the Countach but blended a bit of their more modern touches seen on models like the Aventador. The only thing that appears to have not made a comeback is the pop up headlight system.
They even updated the classic Countach wheels that resembled a rotary phone dial from the time. In the new model, the wheels are still staggered: 20 inches in front and 21 inches in diameter at the back.
Other exterior features include an electrically-controlled rear spoiler with 3 positions, a full flat underbody (for aerodynamics), carbon ceramic brakes, and more. Oh, and the entire monocoque and the body panels are carbon fiber.
Getting in is still via a pair of ultra-cool scissor doors that have long since become a hallmark for Lamborghini (and with the Countach in particular) so much so that the slang for the system is the Lambo door.
The interior is ultra luxurious; undoubtedly a mix of the best leather that Sant'Agata Bolognese can get. Lamborghini stayed true to the original spec of their founder's personal Countach LP 400 S by sticking to a red and black leather interior, but used a motif with a variety of geometric shapes. It still appears to be very '70s and '80s judging by the way they crafted the interior even though many of the other design elements such as the steering wheel, the multitude of screens and many more keep up with modern functions and flavors.
What sets the new Countach LPI 800-4 is the powertrain. This one has the latest Lamborghini naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 that puts out 780 PS at 8500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque at 6750 rpm. The power unit, however, has been paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that gives it a 34 PS power bump. The LPI 800-4 has a 7-speed gearbox with four wheel drive. The hybrid system appears to be on the rear axle only.
The Countach LPI 800-4 weighs just under 1600 kilograms and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. Top speed is quoted at 355 kilometers per hour.
Lamborghini says the Countach LPI 800-4 will be delivered to customers in 2022. The production run will be very limited at only 112 units. We many not use posters anymore like we did back in the day, but we imagine this new Lambo will definitely occupy quite a few computer desktops and phone wallpapers soon.