Retro, Not Retro: 21st Century LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH Unveiled

BY Vivek Max R

A ‘few-off’ 112-unit production run pays homage to the legend with the same name from the 70s and 80s

On 13 August 2021, Automobili Lamborghini took the wraps off the Countach LPI 800-4 prototype at The Quail during Monterey Car Week, and celebrated the icon’s 50th anniversary during Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance two days later, surrounded by it’s classic brethren from decades earlier.

The world can rejoice, for the Countach is back.

The President Speaks

“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. 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.”

Rule-Breaker Then, Rule-Breaker Now

Just as the Countach defined the modern era of the supercar back in the 1970’s, it’s modern-day remake is poised to do the same today.

Where its competition has moved to turbocharging, the Lamborghini V12 is of the last bastions of naturally aspirated power in the supercar space. Lamborghini has infused the 2022 Countach with hybrid technology courtesy of supercapacitors taken from the Sián instead of batteries, to bring it up to modern-day EURO 6 - LEV 3 emissions-compliance but endow it with even more explosive performance from a dig.

Automobili Lamborghini claim a combined 814hp from their Longitudinale Posteriore (LP) 6.5-litre V12 (780hp) and 48-volt e-motor (34hp) which, coupled to a permanent four-wheel drive transmission, rockets the Countach from a dead stop to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 200km/h in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 355km/h.

Carbon galore

The only parts of the structure where aluminium is found are the front and rear frames; everything else is made from carbon fibre. From all of the exterior body panels and interior trims to the monocoque, the sixth element in the periodic table adorns this supercar, enabling a dry weight of just 1,585kg.

Down in the braking department, one finds even more sesto elemento in the massive 400mm brake discs up front and 380mm at the back, gripped by giant monoblock 6-piston and 4-piston callipers respectively.

Does It Look Like A Countach?

See for yourself. And yes, it still has Lamborghini’s famous V12-signature scissor doors.