Nostalgia is a powerful thing, especially in the world of automobiles. There’s a certain romanticism with which we reminisce over beaten-up jalopies driven in youth, held together by duct tape and hope. There’s certainly more romanticism in the idle daydreams that we were actually driving the best and brightest of the day. At the centre of most of those daydreams: Lamborghini’s Countach, a car which debuted in 1971 and irrevocably altered teenage (or older) automotive fantasy for the btter.
That’s probably why the Raging Bull refers to the hyperangular beast of old as “the patriarch of modern super sports car and Lamborghini design”. And the patriarch is back after half a century – Lamborghini recently unveiled a limited run of 112 revamped Countach’s to celebrate the car’s golden jubilee.
Under the hood, you’ve got a rear 6.5-litre V12 engine linked to a 48V electric motor, bringing it up to 804 hp in all. It’s capable of producing a commendable century time of 2.8 seconds, along with a blistering top-end speed of 356 kmh. Think of the car’s hybrid system (based on the same supercapacitor tech that’s used in the Sian) as a way of bringing it into the modern age, without compromising on what made the car so successful in the first place all the way till it stopped production in 1990.
Designwise, it’s almost instantly identifiable as a Countach, thanks to its iconic scissor doors (first introduced in the Countach way back when), recessed airscoops embellished with shark gills and now-legendary angularity across the carbon fibre monocoque chassis that’s informed much of the marque’s later design sensibilities.
The outline of the modernized Countach (fun fact – one of few Lambos that don’t take reference from a bull, instead meaning surprise in Piedmontese dialect) draws inspiration from the LP500 and LP400 production models with lines that converge into the distinct wedge in the back.
Other design differences include the omission of a spoiler, a lower, sleeker rear bumper and a softer nose. Another notable distinction to remind drivers that they’re driving a 21st century vehicle: a photochromatic roof that goes from opaque to see-through at the push of a button. ‘
Says Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, “The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage to this Lamborghini legacy but it is not retrospective: it imagines how the iconic Countach of the 70s and 80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade. It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, of exploring new design and technology avenues while celebrating the DNA of our brand.”
The reimagination of the classic car, as we said, will be a limited run of 112 units. In other words, an excellent opportunity for well-heeled gearheards who haven’t gotten the chance to get behind the wheel of a Countach before the turn of the century.
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