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

McLaren 600LT v Porsche 911 GT3 v Nissan GT-R Nismo
McLaren 600LT v Porsche 911 GT3 v Nissan GT-R Nismo
Supercars

McLaren 600LT v Porsche 911 GT3 v Nissan GT-R Nismo

What will it take to expose any weaknesses in the new 911 GT3? Nissan’s brutal GT-R Nismo and McLaren’s ballistic 600LT should have the power and poli…
14 May 2022
High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied again – the real sports utility vehicle
Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato prototype – front quarter
Lamborghini Huracan

High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied again – the real sports utility vehicle

Lamborghini plans to join the Porsche 911 Safari with its own take on the high-riding supercar
12 May 2022
Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2022 review – why it fails as a fitting sign-off for the Aston V12
Aston Martin V12 Vantage review – header Matt Howell
Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage 2022 review – why it fails as a fitting sign-off for the Aston V12

It was always going to be a tough job to sign off Aston’s V12, but this is not the finest V12 Vantage, not by a long chalk
10 May 2022
Mystery Ferrari SF90 prototype spied in Germany
Ferrari SF90 German test car – front quarter
Ferrari SF90 Stradale

Mystery Ferrari SF90 prototype spied in Germany

Ferrari’s groundbreaking SF90 Stradale has been criticised for a lack of synergy, is this prototype a sign it’s in for an update?
10 May 2022

Most Popular

Used car deals of the week
Main  used car deals
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
13 May 2022
Continental SportContact 7 vs rivals: tyre test review
UHP tyre test Conti7 – header
tyre reviews

Continental SportContact 7 vs rivals: tyre test review

We pitch Continental's new SportContact 7 against rivals from Michelin and Goodyear to find which is the best ultra high performance tyre
13 May 2022
Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels
Rolls-Royce Phantom II – side sports
Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels

There are luxury cars, and then there’s the new Phantom II and its unmatched opulence
12 May 2022