We may be a few months shy to the end of the year but it’s unlikely that anyone would pull a bigger surprise than Lamborghini in 2021, after the company revealed the new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 to celebrate 50 years since the first-ever Countach was revealed.
For starters, there are only 112 units available and we’re told they’re all sold out in a virtual interview with Lamborghini just before the launch. The number 112 was taken from the “LP 112” internal project name used when developing the original Countach from the 1970s.
You can’t call it a Countach without having similar design attributes as the original car. The front end sports a similar rectangular design as the Countach 500 Quattrovalvole, while the rear quarter panels and air ducts by the doors on the new Countach were first seen in the early LP 500 and LP 400 Periscopio models.
There’s also other glaring similarities from the old Countach at the rear; like the ‘hexagonita’ design housing the three-unit rear light cluster. Just like past Countach models, the new LPI 800-4 also gets quad exhaust tips; two on each side.
Unlike before, the new Countach doesn’t get a massive rear wing or even pop-up headlights. Instead, the company opted to keep the final outline pure and uncluttered just like the original Countach prototype that has (in a way) helped shape every single Lamborghini that followed after.
As it is a tribute car, Lamborghini also offered a range of heritage exterior paint options in solid colours, as on the original Countach. They include the iconic Impact White, Giallo Countach and Verde Medio.
“This is an unnegotiable part of our DNA, the essence if you will. The first Countach shaped the Lamborghini design DNA like no other car while the new translates that unconventional and edgy character into the future,” said Lamborghini, Head of Design, Mitja Borkert.
When asked during the virtual interview whether the likes of Diablo or even Miura will be reincarnated, even as tribute models, Lamborghini said the move is a one-off and the focus is not to recreate past models. Instead, their intentions are to keep developing new cars and technologies.
On that note, the new Countach also features Lamborghini’s latest hybrid supercapacitor technology, like in the Sián. The system consists of a 48V electric motor paired to the Countach’s 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine to produce 819 hp and 720 Nm.
0 to 100 km/h is over in 2.8 seconds, and shift through all of its seven gears at the engine’s 8,700 rpm redline and you’ll be nudging 355 km/h.
Rest assured, there will be plenty of stopping power with 6-pot calipers in the front and 4-pot at the rear, clamping on the carbon-ceramic discs. It gets all-wheel and rear-wheel steer so there’ll be plenty of agility and stability as well.
True to its throwback nature, even the 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) wheels were designed to project a retro vibe – mimicking the analogue telephone dials of the 1980s.
Large as it may seem, it weighs about the same as a BMW 520i as the result of a fully carbon fibre monocoque chassis and body panels including the doors, rear panels, and luggage compartments.
If you haven’t already heard, the Countach name (pronounced as Coon-tach) originated from the Piedmontese dialect in Northwestern Italy as an expression of surprise and wonder. The Countach is one of very few Lamborghini models not connected to bulls.