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Lamborghini Countach: The new edition costs 2.39 million euros

It was the ultimate 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 to this day it is successor to the Miura a legend. To mark the 50th anniversary, the Italians are bringing one New edition of the Countach, limited to 112 pieces to the 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, designed 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 still has a futuristic look today, triggered such enthusiasm among the public that company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini had a roadworthy prototype built. Just a year later, the serial production of the Countach decided. until 1974 the first customer car was delivered, but some time passed because 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 the range in numerous versions 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’s 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 look. “The first Countach shaped the Lamborghini DNA like no other model”, explains Mitja Borkert, Head of Centro Stile (chief designer) at Lamborghini. The special 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 in height
● 2.10 meters wide
● Scissor doors
● “Telephone style” rims
● hexagonal wheel arches
● no pop-up headlights

Let’s start at the front: like all current Lamborghini models, the Countach is sharply drawn. Compared to the Aventador, however, the front has a clearer design. in the super narrow grille a subtle Countach lettering is housed, a homage to the Countach LP500. The front hood has no beads or edges of any kind. However, one particularly characteristic feature of the original could not be carried over into modern times: we are talking about the Countach pop-up headlights, in which two round lights were hidden inside the headlights above the indicators. Due to modern safety regulations, homologating a new car with pop-up headlights is almost impossible these days. No exception is made for a Lamborghini built in small series. Consequently, the team around Mitja Borkert decided to imitate the look of the original Countach with the headlights folded in. Of the LPI 800-4 carries narrow headlights with thin daytime running lights underneath.
Lamborghini Countach Event

The front of the new Countach is more square than the Aventador.


The profile of the new Countach is also very much the same as the old one. 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 that, the homage has slatted gills reminiscent of the very early Countach LP500; and even that eponymous window in the roof (“Periscopio”) they thought about the new Countach. At the push of a button, the transparent roof becomes opaque.

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Of course they can too hexagonal wheel arches and the legendary “Telephone Style” Rims not missing. However, the wheels on the new Countach are significantly larger at 20 or 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 don’t say a word about it 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 after all, the Countach in 1974 was the first Lambo model whose doors opened upwards. The range made the scissor doors the hallmark of all V12 Lambos!

First seat test in the new Countach

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

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

That space is in the Countach Sufficient for people up to 1.85 meters, for taller drivers it can get tight, especially when it comes to 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) softens this impression somewhat. Special highlight: At the push of a button, the transparent roof becomes opaque. The Lambo’s red leather interior is certainly not to everyone’s taste, but it is based on early Countach models (e.g. the Quattrovalvole) and, in combination with the white paintwork, exudes a pure 80s feeling.

The Countach’s naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 is assisted 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
● Curb weight: 1595 kilos
● Power-to-weight ratio: 1.95 kilos/hp

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

The window in the roof can only be seen from the top view.


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

The new Countach impresses

As in the Aventador Ultimae, the characteristic twelve-wheeler pushes 780 hp towards the four Rax308;der. With the electric motor, this results in a system output of 814 hp. The e-machine acts precisely when the classic combustor/suction engine combination reaches its limits: during shift pauses or in the lower engine speed range. Then the electric motor consistently boosts in between, before any doubts about the performance of the new Countach could arise.
Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

2.4 million euros and still the Countach is not spared. The development car already has more than 42,000 kilometers on the clock.


In this way, the sequential gearbox, which is otherwise so clumsy, loses its terror; the Countach bangs through the gears almost harmoniously. And the rest? The chassis is fun-free as usual and the seats don’t exactly invite you on a long-distance tour. The Countach made a lasting impression on us over the last few meters – and I’m seriously considering hanging a poster of the new one in my office.

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

Lamborghini also builds a bridge to the original when it comes to the colors. That’s how the new Countach is in historical tones like “Impact White”, “Giallo Countach” or “Verde Medio” to have. If you don’t like these uni finishes, you can choose freely from the current color palette. If you’re wondering why the Countach is limited to just 112 examples: the original internal designation for the original Countach was “LP112”.

Lamborghini is stepping on the gas, the first customer vehicles of the Countach LPI 800-4 have already been delivered – and all 112 units are to be completed in the 2022 calendar year. Of the Unit price is no less than 2,010,000 euros net. In Germany, the Countach in 2021 costs accordingly 2.39 million euros in the base – or around five times as much as the Aventador Ultimae, which is also limited. However, this does not seem to have detracted from the interest in buying, because the 2021 Countach contingent was already completely sold out at the official unveiling during Carweek in Pebble Beach. Presumably Lamborghini could have even sold one or two more Countach, but exclusivity remains trumps. Whether the new edition also has what it takes to become a poster car remains to be seen in the coming decades.

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