Lamborghini Countach: The Bull is back!
It will take a while, and the prototype doesn’t really like to drive either. But because you can only understand the new Countach if you know the old one anyway, the Anniversario gets a run out again today and proves on the first few meters that it rightly bears its name.
Countach an exclamation of breathless astonishment
Getting into the Lamborghini requires agility
As spectacular as the car still looks today, it is just as difficult for the driver. Even getting in requires a certain amount of agility when you thread your way over the endlessly wide sill and under the guillotine-like door into the hip flask, which is only 1.07 meters high. The footwell is already closed with shoe size 36 due to overcrowding. And when the broken neck disappears between the shoulders so that the head somehow fits under the roof, you feel like a toilet duck on speed.
Countach has a lot of character
And that’s not easy at all. The comparatively small Pirellis are almost as wide as they are high and stick to the slopes like Pattex, but where today an army of electronic helpers makes every super sports car manageable like a city car, it still takes a whole guy to fight the king of the bulls.
The steering wheel craves a firm grip, the brakes after a heavy foot, and a bit of dexterity can’t hurt if you stick the comparatively long gear knob through the open six-speed backdrop. Anyone who has mastered this will experience the Countach as a speeding time machine on a sightseeing flight through Emilia-Romagna, which properly whirls history upside down. Because the car was so ahead of its time back then, it doesn’t even feel that old today – and has more character than many a Lamborghini after it.
While the Countach makes a long detour via the lonely roads of Emilia-Romagna on the way back to the factory museum, life returns to the center of Sant’Agata. But not for long, because in a few months the developers will be finished with the new Countach. Even if design legend Gandini is said to be “not amused” about the reinterpretation.
6.5 liters displacement and 780 hp
You hardly notice it with so much power, and the Countach certainly cannot be driven electrically with it, but Lamborghini does not use a battery for this, but feeds the electric motor from a supercapacitor, which stores three times as much energy with the same weight.
With at least 814 hp system output and more than 750 Nm, the new Countach accelerates to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and lets the original disappear very quickly in the rear-view mirror at 355 km/h at full throttle.
However, the ultimate test of the example is still pending – it is not for nothing that one of the first test drives for every new Lamborghini traditionally leads across the Piazza in Sant’Agata. Only to see how life suddenly comes to a standstill there and the barista once again overflows with coffee.