Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, all the official details

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, all the official details

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

After a few days of “stolen” photos and partial confirmations, Lamborghini officially presented the new Countach LPI 800-4. The revival of the historic 1970s supercar is expected next year in just 112 units at a cost of over 2 million each plus taxes. Predictably, this is a very exclusive limited edition that is aimed primarily at the United States as it represents the number one market for Lamborghini. And in fact the presentations came from California during Monterey Car Week.

As you can guess from the photos, the new Countach rests on the same platform as the latest Aventador, recovering its key features such as all-wheel drive and automatic transmission seven-speed. But with some substantial differences: the classic 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 is flanked by a 48V electric motor positioned near the transmission which brings the overall output to the 800 horsepower mentioned in the car's name.

According to parent company, this adds more inspiration and fluidity to the behavior of the car in all situations. It should be noted that the classic lithium batteries were not used but a technology based on supercapacitors. This allows you to take advantage of much more charge than traditional batteries. However, they will return in the next Lamborghini models, for reasons of emissions and standardization.

Aesthetically, the references to the original design are wasted but it is clear that Lamborghini wanted to file some of the edges of the first Countachs. The shapes are more graceful, the details less extreme and the overall style sweeter. This without detracting from a car with an aggressive appearance, a key element of all the latest "Lambos". There is no shortage of hints of modernity inside and outside the car, such as the photochromic roof that changes color at the push of a button. Or the inevitable infotainment system, also taken from the latest Aventador like most of the interiors.

In terms of performance, we are naturally at the top of the supercar range with a top speed set at over 350 kilometers per hour. As for acceleration, here too there is not much to complain about: 0-100 in 2.8 seconds and 0-200 in 8.6. Not bad, considering that despite the massive use of carbon it weighs almost 1600 kg empty.

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 unveiled: This wedge is a hybrid

a car parked in a parking lot: It © Provided by Roadshow It's back. Lamborghini

In my eye, a supercar isn't a supercar if it lacks an element of iconic presence to match its performance, and it's hard to argue that among that rare breed of cars the Countach stands at or near the top. The 18th green at the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will be littered with prized examples of the breed as Lamborghini celebrates the car's 50th anniversary, and now there'll be one more with the new Countach LPI 800-4.

Actually there will be 112 more, as that's how many of the new Countach models Lamborghini will build, an homage to the original's LP112 codename. This whole thing is an homage, as you can tell from the press photos, with styling clearly derived from the earlier breed of Countach, before it was dragged down by the big wing and scoops that supercar stakes demanded by the end of that car's epic 26-year run.

It © Provided by Roadshow It's definitely still a wedge. Lamborghini

As such this new Countach is actually a little understated by Lamborghini standards. The car's lines are simple and clean, angular cut-outs for the wheels and giant, contrasting door intakes perhaps the most obvious throw-back to the original, though the simple horizontal lines of the nose are also familiar -- if somewhat spoiled by moving the headlights up and back. The rear tapers down in a single, clean sweep, unspoiled by a big wing but clearly swinging a serious diffuser underneath.

And under the skin? It's a hybrid, believe it or not, repurposing the company's familiar 6.5-liter V12 and pairing it with the same 48-volt electric motor we saw on the Lamborghini Sian. No, this isn't the next-gen hybrid system Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelmann has told me about again and again. Rated at 34 horsepower, the electric system here is barely a footnote compared to the 770 ponies provided by that V12, but it is yet another encouraging sign that Lamborghini wants to make this configuration mainstream. Combined, the system offers 803 horsepower through all four wheels and that's enough to get the thing from 0 to 62 mph in a sprightly 2.8 seconds. Top speed is 221 mph.

a close up of a car: Lamborghini © Provided by Roadshow Lamborghini

Other tech wizardry in the new Countach includes a dimming, photochromic glass roof and 3D-printed components, plus an 8.4-inch infotainment system that has a designated presentation mode to teach the history of the model. I'm sure that won't get old. There is, at least, Apple CarPlay.

a car parked in a parking lot © Lamborghini

Early reactions to the car are polarizing to say the least. I'll let you make up your mind on whether this homage is heavenly or hideous, but if you're wondering what it costs, Lamborghini didn't have a final price in US dollars as of publication, but said it'd be in the ballpark of the Sian. For reference, the Sian was priced at somewhere north of $3 million and they all sold in a heartbeat. The company is building twice as many examples of the new Countach, but that of course still wasn't enough. They're all sold. Lucky owners will take delivery next year.

a car parked in a parking lot: It

It's back. This is the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4.

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