Today, as 50 years ago, the exclamation point comes naturally: Kontach! This is the comment that escaped Bertone Body Shop assistant when he saw the stunning shapes of the new Lamborghini, ready to debut and designed by Marcello Gandini, one of Italy’s most daring designers. A Piedmontese accent to express amazement or, to put it in a more modern way, wow! Hence the name of Miura’s heir. Now, imagine that you’re traveling back in time, to 1971: under the lights of the Geneva Motor Show, the veil has been taken off Lamborghini Countach. It leaves you speechless, its futuristic lines and remarkably wedge profile make everything else suddenly age, unleash unseen grit, and will become the next Lamborghini’s business card.
… and more dazzling effect!
To celebrate half a century of this iconic style, Lamborghini has remade the Countach. Or rather, a modern remake with wedge-shaped lines and body proportions inspired by the lines of the predecessor. Even in the details of the new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 References to the past are clear (half of them in the video below), for example in the lights and in the square shape of the wheel arches.
Again, behind the driver’s rear and passenger’s neck is the naturally aspirated V12. Yesterday’s Lamborghini Countach provided 385 horsepower when it went into production in 1973, but today it is electrified. A 34-horsepower engine puts out 780 hp 6.5 and their combined power is 814 hp. The electrical unit is powered by a supercapacitor placed behind the seats. It is 3 times lighter than a lithium battery and faster in charging and recharging cycles. Decisive aspects of the sports car, belittle the fact that, with the same dimensions, it stores less energy than the battery. The gearbox is automatically engaged with seven gears during traction on all four wheels.
Underneath is the Aventador
The technical aspects that led to the Aventador, which served as the basis for Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4. However, with a difference in the V12 which is, yes, common, but in the Countach it is in the mild hybrid variant, so far exclusive to the Sián, a sports car built in 2019 in a few dozen units. Returning to the Aventador, it also has the frame structure, made up of the carbon fiber cell that makes up the passenger compartment, on which the aluminum structures supporting the mechanics at the front and rear rest. Among the technological gems is the rear-wheel steering that gives agility in curves and improves stability in changes of direction at higher speeds. However, driving aids are missing, such as adaptive cruise control and emergency braking.
More comfortable than appearances
Basic and minimal interior Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, reminds us of the ancestor. The exceptions are the digital dashboard, with a clear tachometer in the guides, and the on-board services display that occupies the entire console. It also includes the Deluxe Style function: a graphic animation showing the Lamborghini Countach’s core design features.
Opening doors up from Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 They make a great view, but they’re not exactly the best for getting into the cockpit. Once inside, you are seated very low, in a visibly comfortable and comfortable seat (wide padding). It will also be due to the panoramic windshield, which gives a great view (even from behind, through the “slides” you can see enough), or because of the brightness of the passenger compartment (part of the roof is photochromic crystal), but on board it feels comfortable and does not You feel suffocated as in other coupes. However, there is not much space for “forced” luggage in the front compartment.
He knows how to charm you
Open the red hole in the tunnel, press the button V12 from Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 He wakes up in a low voice. Once in drive mode, we start off, cautiously shifting the first few metres, but then a slight pressure on the throttle is enough to be crushed into the seat by the brutal thrust of the V12 while “drills” scream (happily) an eardrum. The gearbox goes behind, quickly tosses all seven gears, the direct, heavy (but not too much) steering gives direction with precision and the hard setting (with electronically controlled suspension) keeps sudden loads shifting in the line, without the slightest roll, without letting the Countach slip Here and there. Hence, the feel of the brakes is that of a racing car: stiff pedal, short stroke, very short stopping distances. That’s what one would expect from such a beast, impressive performance (within the limits of open road traffic where tested) and a certain ease of driving. Helpful is the rear end steering, which ensures a nice nimble on winding mountain roads.
The only details that are less convincing for Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 It’s the gearbox, a common feature on many electric-powered automatic transmissions, and it’s not very fluid and tends to rip in the lanes between one gear and another. The most unpleasant aspect of the road driving position, which should be more comfortable, while it becomes less noticeable in sports (corsa more for the track), especially with the use of ergonomic levers, generous dimensions and placed behind the steering wheel, manual insertion of reports. So much so that in testing we preferred the latter configuration, even when traveling at low speed in built-up areas.
exclusive Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 It is measured not only by its price, which is around 2,000,000 euros, but also by its rarity: production is limited to 112 pieces, all of which have already been sold, a number that celebrates the design theme of the original model.
In our opinion
> design. It is modern and close to its predecessors, it is breathtaking.
> engine. Exciting delivery and rumble.
> driving position. It is also convenient for travel.
> Driving assistant. The so-called Adas is not expected.
> Box. It turned out to be small.
> exchange. Tends to rip: annoying.
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