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Lamborghini Countach: The new edition costs 2.39 million euros

It was THE poster car of the 70s and 80s: the Lamborghini Countach! Pictures of the only 1.07 meter flat wedge adorned the walls of countless children’s rooms, and that is still today Successor to the Miura a legend. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, the Italians bring a New edition of the Countach limited to 112 pieces to market that Part of the “Few Off” series is.

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The limited special model has one Hybrid drive and at the same time pays homage to the original, which was first shown to the public 50 years ago. Now the Countach LPI 800-4 was in Germany for the first time and AUTO BILD took a closer look at the super sports car!

Lamborghini celebrates the 50th Countach anniversary

In 1971, the Countach, drawn by Bertone designer Marcello Gandini, saw the light of day when it was presented to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. Originally no series production was planned, but the Countach, which is still futuristic today, sparked such enthusiasm among the public that company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini had a ready-to-drive prototype built. Just a year later, the Serial production of the Countach decided. To 1974 the first customer car was delivered, but some time passed as Lamborghini was developing the Urraco at the same time. What nobody suspected at the time: The Countach became a legend due to its design and remained in numerous versions in the range until 1990 – longer than any other Lamborghini model.
Lamborghini Countach

The original: Even 50 years after its presentation, the first Lamborghini Countach still looks futuristic.


Now there is a new Countach. “The car is a game changer for us,” says Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann. “The first hybrid super sports car, a visionary car of the present, just like its predecessor.”

The new edition should not be a retro car

At least as important as the drive of the Countach LPI 800-4 is of course the optics. “The first Countach shaped the Lamborghini DNA like no other model”, explains Mitja Borkert, Head of Centro Stile (chief designer) at Lamborghini. The particular difficulty with the new edition was not just a retro car to build – but to imagine what a Countach could look like in 2021. The result is more than successful!

● 4.87 meters in length
● 1.14 meters high
● 2.10 meters wide
● scissor doors
● “Telephone style” rims
● hexagonal wheelhouses
● no pop-up headlights

Let’s start at the front: like all current Lamborghini models, the Countach is also sharply drawn. Compared to the Aventador, however, the front is more clearly designed. in the super slim grille a subtle Countach lettering is housed, a homage to the Countach LP500. The front hood dispenses with beading and edges of any kind. However, a particularly characteristic feature of the original could not be carried over into modern times: We are talking about the Pop-up headlights of the Countach, in which two round lights were hidden inside the headlights above the turn signals. Due to modern safety regulations, it is now almost impossible to homologate a new car with pop-up headlights. No exception is made for a Lamborghini built in small series. As a result, Mitja Borkert’s team decided to imitate the look of the original Countach with the headlights folded in. the LPI 800-4 wears narrow headlights with thin daytime running lights underneath.
Lamborghini Countach Event

The front of the new Countach edition is more angular than the Aventador.


Even in profile view, the new Countach is completely the same. The large air inlets behind the doors, the so-called NACA ducts, have been optically extended into the doors – just like on the original Countach. Above it, the homage has slotted elements (“slatted gills”) that are reminiscent of the very early Countach LP500; and even that eponymous windows in the roof (“Periscopio”) that’s what you thought with the new Countach. At the push of a button, the transparent roof becomes an opaque roof.

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Of course they are also allowed to hexagonal wheelhouses and the legendary “Telephone-style” rims not missing. However, the wheels on the new Countach are significantly larger at 20 and 21 inches. This could also be due to the fact that the new edition is based on the Aventador, which has been available since 2011. The Italians do not mention this in the press release, but at the latest when opening the scissor doors it becomes clear that the monocoque of the V12 flagship is hidden under the carbon body. That’s a good thing, because the Countach 1974 was the first Lambo model whose doors opened upwards. The series made the scissor doors the trademark of all V12 Lambos!

First seat rehearsal in the new Countach

Opening the scissor doors on a Lamborghini is a spectacle that never gets boring. With a little practice getting in and out is easy. In the bright red inner space will the Relationship to the Aventador more than clear. It is true that the Countach is a show car not ready to drive, but the interior corresponds to the production version. The only differences: the fittings and the large touchscreen adopted from the Sián are not functional. Mitja Borkert explains: “We get the best multimedia from the group, speech recognition from Audi, for example. But we reprogram the interfaces so that the driver feels like he is a pilot.”

Lamborghini Countach

The interior is largely known from the Aventador. The Sián also has the touchscreen.

The Space available is in the Countach Sufficient for people up to 1.85 metersFor taller drivers it can be tight, especially in terms of headroom. While the occupants in the normal Aventador feel like they are in a cave made of Alcantara and carbon, the glass window (called Periscopio) relaxes this impression a little. Special highlight: At the push of a button, the transparent roof becomes an opaque one. The red leather interior of the Lambo certainly does not suit everyone’s taste, but is based on early Countach models (for example the Quattrovalvole) and, in combination with the white paint, exudes a pure 80s feeling.

The Countach’s 6.5 liter V12 vacuum cleaner is supported by an electric motor

● 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 with 780 hp and 720 Nm
● 48-volt electric motor, coupled directly to the gearbox
System power: 814 hp
● 0-100 km / h in 2.8 seconds
● 0-200 km / h in 8.6 seconds
● Top speed: 355 km / h
● Empty weight: 1595 kilos
● Power-to-weight ratio: 1.95 kg / hp

When it was presented, the Lamborghini Countach was an absolute milestone not only visually, but also technically. In contrast to its predecessor, the Miura, the V12 was installed lengthways in the Countach – hence the name LP (“Longitudinale Posteriore”). From an initial 375 hp from a 3.9-liter V12, the output in the most powerful versions LP5000S QV and 25th Anniversary rose to 455 hp, now from a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V12. The new Countach is much stronger: the tried and tested 6.5 liter V12 performs like in the new special model Aventador Ultimae 780 hp; however, he becomes of one 48 volt electric motor supports, which is directly coupled to the seven-speed ISR transmission and makes 34 hp. That makes a total of 814 hp. Incidentally, the drive is known from the Sián FKP 37, which is limited to only 63 units, but its V12 develops 785 hp (a total of 819 hp). Strictly speaking, the Italians have cheated a bit with the name LPI 800-4, because the Countach should actually be called “LPI 814-4”.
Lamborghini Countach

The window set into the roof can only be seen when viewed from above.


Much more important than the name is the power-to-weight ratio: Since the body of the 4.87 meter long, but still only waist-high Countach is made entirely of carbon at 1.14 meters, the super sports car only weighs despite the complex technology 1595 kilos. That makes a Power-to-weight ratio of only 1.95 kg / hp. So it’s no wonder that the Countach accelerates from a standing start to 100 km / h in just 2.8 seconds. 200 km / h takes just 8.6 seconds, The end is only at 355 km / h.

The base price of the new Lamborghini Countach is 2.39 million euros

Lamborghini also bridges the gap with the original when it comes to colors. So the new Countach is in historical tones such as “Impact White”, “Giallo Countach” or “Verde Medio” to have. If you don’t like these plain colors, you can choose freely from the current color palette. If you are wondering why the Countach is limited to 112 copies of all things: The original internal name for the original Countach was “LP112”.

Lamborghini accelerates from the first quarter of 2022 the first customers should get their Countach LPI 800-4 – and all 112 copies should be completed and delivered to customers in the calendar year 2022. the Unit price is no less than 2,010,000 euros net. In Germany, the Countach will cost in 2021 2.39 million euros in the base – or around five times as much as the also limited Aventador Ultimae. However, this does not seem to have dampened the interest in buying, because the 2021 Countach contingent was completely sold out at the official unveiling during the Carweek in Pebble Beach. Probably Lamborghini could even have sold one or the other Countach more, but exclusivity remains the trump card. The coming decades will show whether the new edition has what it takes to be a poster car.

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