Although Lamborghini has now officially pulled the wraps off its latest nostalgia project, the Countach LPI 800-4, you’re already too late to buy one.
Unveiled by Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelman at this year’s The Quali: A Motorsports Gathering event in California, only 112 examples of the new Countach will leave Sant’Agata Bolognese, and every single one of them has already found a buyer.
The iconic nameplate is undoubtedly familiar to most as the quintessential 80s poster child, though the Countach first broke cover in March 1971. Indeed the Monterey Car Week event was celebrating the 50th anniversary at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This new, re-imagined Countach is a reworked Sian FKP 37, which itself is also a reworked Aventador — a car playing a car, disguised as another car, if you will. It’s an important link, as it means that, unlike the Aventador, the Countach is a hybrid; its namesake may be classic, the powertrain is fully modern.
A 48V electric motor injects 33hp to the 7-speed gearbox it’s directly mated to, which itself joins to the ever-rowdy 769hp 6.5-liter V12 engine. The result is a combined 803hp hybrid torpedo that will sprint to 60mph in 2.7 seconds, and onto a top speed of 220mph.
The LPI 800-4 borrows some styling cues from the original car. While the new car’s styling is hardly groundbreaking, enough familiarity remains present in the front fascia, shark gills, and NACA-style side intakes — the latter item more reminiscent of later versions of the Countach. Even the taillights have been adapted to ape the classic car.
Automobili Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winklemann had this to say on the Italian automaker’s latest work:
“The Countach LPI 800-4 is the visionary model of the moment, precisely like its predecessor. One of the most important automotive icons, the Countach not only embodies Lamborghini design and technology, but fully represents our philosophy, that philosophy able to reinvent boundaries, attain the unexpected, and access the extraordinary realm of the dream.”
As expected of a modern Lamborghini, the chassis and all body panels are in carbon fiber and is lightweight as a result. With a dry weight of 1,595kg (3,516lb), the Countach is only a mere 99lb (45kg) heavier than the 769hp Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae. Other modern additions to the car include 3D-printed mobile air intakes, and a photochromatic glass roof that changes from matt to clear opacity with a single button press.
The all-new Countach LPI 800-4 will have a limited production run of 112 units. That might seem like a strange number, but it’s a callback to the LP112 internal codename of the original car, before it gained its rather colorful Piedmontese appellation.
Pricing for the new Countach is unknown for now and, though we pretty much guarantee it will command seven figures, largely irrelevant as every single example is spoken for.
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