Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 pictured on the road

New Countach LPI 800-4 limited edition celebrates 50 years since Gandini’s original, and first deliveries aren’t far away

How do you even begin to approach the job of reimagining the Lamborghini Countach? It’s a risky exercise, as more than just being an icon for Lamborghini, it’s also the car that arguably defined the notion of a bedroom wall poster supercar. Yet it’s a path Lambo has decided to tread in revealing the limited-run Countach LPI 800-4, itself a celebration of 50 years since the original Countach concept first stunned the crowds at the 1971 Geneva motor show.

Before Lamborghini hands first examples to their lucky buyers in the coming months, images have surfaced of the model out on public roads for the very first time. Being a celebration of the Countach design, the model was joined by both the first and final iterations of the original; the Countach LP 400 and Countach 25th Anniversary.

> High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied cold weather testing

Powertrain and performance

The new Countach will be limited to 112 units as one of Lamborghini’s ‘few-of’ models in a similar fashion to the Sián. The chassis and powertrain are derived from that same car, with the body constructed on a carbonfibre monocoque with aluminium subframes at either end supporting the suspension and axles. The new Countach also utilises the same naturally-aspirated 6.5-litre V12 engine assisted by a compact electric motor. Together the powertrain’s total power output is 803bhp, with 32bhp of that figure coming from the electric motor. The electric motor itself is powered by a small supercapacitor in favour of a more traditional battery, which is both lighter and more effective at rapidly deploying and collecting electricity. 

Power goes to all-four wheels via a seven-speed independent shifting rod (ISR) single-clutch automated manual transmission, and there’s also rear-wheel steering, magnetic dampers for the pushrod suspension and the latest vehicle dynamics management system that centrally collates the data inputted from its various sensors to more accurately control the various electrical and stability systems. Performance is near-identical to the Sián, reaching 62mph in 2.8sec, 124mph in 8.9sec and going on to a claimed 220mph top speed. 

Design

But all of this technical hardware comes second to the job of reimagining the Countach’s iconic form, one originally penned by car design legend Marcello Gandini for Italian design house Bertone. The resemblance between the two is uncanny, with a variety of shapes and detailing that are informed by different Countach iterations over its 26 year production run. The most substantial influence is taken from the original 1971 concept, perhaps the purest interpretation of Gandini’s design, and the only to include the slatted intakes aft of the window glass.

From here, though, the new Countach LPI 800-4 is packed with elements from the Countach’s greatest hits, from glass detailing on the roof referencing the original LP400 ‘Periscopio’ roadcar, and a chunky lower lip inspired by the later Quattrovalvole. Even the colour and trim of this initial show car references Ferruccio’s own LP400 S company car, sharing the same Bianco Siderale exterior colour and two-tone red and black interior. In fact, Lamborghini will be re-releasing a range of iconic historical hues from the Countach’s back catalogue.

Yet building on these retro elements, is both new technology and proportions which see more of Lamborghini’s contemporary motifs featured. The slimline LED headlights essentially negate the need for large oblong headlights that were otherwise hidden away under the iconic pop-up covers, and supersized ducts along the flanks are constructed of carbonfibre, referencing the iconic NACA duct from previous Countaches in ideology, if not execution. The rear end again takes a recognisable graphic from historic Countaches, but intersects it with contemporary lighting elements and the required openings to keep that V12 powertrain cool. Yet while a modern Countach will never be able to mimic an original due to technical regulations and the physical growth of its technical components, it is a refreshing change to the far more complex and aero-driven design that Lamborghini’s current design language has purveyed over the last decade or so. Whether this type of simplified aesthetic finds its way to Lambo’s future series-production models remains to be seen.

Lamborghini has not yet announced pricing, but the 112 units will reach customers from Q1 this year. With the Aventador’s successor on its way, the Countach will likely be one of the last ‘few-of’ models to be built on the current V12 Lamborghini architecture, and without any open-top Countach models in the back catalogue, this one will likely remain a coupe.

Recommended

Porsche 911 GT3 review (991, 2013-2016): review, specs and buying guide
991 Porsche 911 GT3
Features

Porsche 911 GT3 review (991, 2013-2016): review, specs and buying guide

The 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 remains one of the finest driver's cars money can buy. We look back at our first impressions and how to buy one tod…
21 Feb 2024
Audi R8 GT RWD v Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica – the last of the V10s
Audi R8 V10 GT RWD v Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica
Group tests

Audi R8 GT RWD v Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica – the last of the V10s

As Audi’s V10 R8 and Lamborghini’s Huracán near the end of their journey, it's time for a final blast
10 Feb 2024
McLaren 650S (2014 - 2017): review, specs and buying guide
McLaren 650S
Features

McLaren 650S (2014 - 2017): review, specs and buying guide

While it lacks the character of some rivals, stunning composure and pace make the McLaren 650S an excellent supercar offering. Here's how to buy one t…
6 Feb 2024
Ariel Atom 4R 2024 review – skeletal track special is more intense than ever
Ariel Atom 4R review
Reviews

Ariel Atom 4R 2024 review – skeletal track special is more intense than ever

The new R-spec Atom 4 adds muscle to the skeletal sports car. Does the sub-700kg Ariel really need another 80bhp? There’s only one way to find out
5 Feb 2024

Most Popular

Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head
Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1
Group tests

Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head

They’re two dinky performance cars with startlingly similar recipes, but how does the decade-old Audi S1 compare to today’s much-hyped Toyota GR Yaris…
17 Feb 2024
Driving MST’s stunning Mk1 Ford Escort recreation – car pictures of the week
MST Mk1 Ford Escort – front
Features

Driving MST’s stunning Mk1 Ford Escort recreation – car pictures of the week

In the latest issue of evo, we get behind the wheel of the glorious MST Mk1 – here are some of our favourite shots…
18 Feb 2024
The new Alpine A290 hot hatch is just around the corner
Alpine A290 – front
Spy shots

The new Alpine A290 hot hatch is just around the corner

Alpine’s Renault 5-based hatch will arrive this year – here’s our first look at the new EV in prototype form
16 Feb 2024