The car that launched a thousand love affairs with supercars is back. Lamborghini has confirmed the return of none other than the Countach, one of the most beloved supercars of all time. The sleek and stylish Italian supercar is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary, and Lamborghini is bringing a new model to fans to mark the occasion. So what are the specs on this blast from the past? Well, Lamborghini is playing this one close to the chest for now, but we do know some things.
Countach is Back
The inner child of generations of little boys who love cars is jumping for joy today with the news that the Countach is back. On the 50th anniversary of the launch of the very first Countach, people have been speculating that they would release an anniversary tribute to the beloved supercar. But Lamborghini went one step further, and they’re bringing the Countach back and better than ever. But will the hype and generations of supercar love measure up to the reality of the new Lambo?
The teaser trailer for the new Countach borrows from the hype of yesteryear; the video’s voiceover opens with, “What do you see? A new image, ready to be hung on a wall?” as a video interposes between a grown man and the child he once was, hanging a poster of a vintage Countach on his bedroom wall in what looks to be a ’70’s bedroom. The video continues, “…or the rebirth of a dream? The new Lamborghini Countach is coming.”
The video is hype, it’s ’80’s, it’s futuristic, it’s amazing. The brief flash of the new Countach’s silhouette promises a body style similar to the original. Roadshow reports per MSN, “Thanks to some leaks on Instagram, we know even more details. The car’s full name will be Countach LPI 800-4, with the ‘800’ getting little bull horns on the end digits. Lamborghini has used the LPI moniker once before, on the hybrid Asterion concept from 2014. LPI stands for Longitudinale Posteriore Ibrido, meaning the car will have a longitudinally mounted engine in the middle of the car with a hybrid system.
Initial rumors pointed to the new Countach using the same V12 and supercapacitor hybrid system as the limited-run Sian, and that’s the likeliest setup. But that car didn’t use the LPI designation, so there’s a chance the new Countach could use a full hybrid system, maybe even a plug-in-hybrid setup — the Asterion did, after all, and so will the Aventador’s replacement in a few years. This would be a great way to preview that car’s powertrain. The 800 in the name refers to how much power the car will make in metric PS, so about 789 horsepower, while the 4 means it will be all-wheel drive.”
History of the Countach
The Countach is as much a part of supercar history as any car, and its beloved place in the memories of many means that the car’s return has been met with joy and anticipation. The history of the Countach is long for a car – exactly 50 years, in fact – and it all started in 1971. Here’s a brief rundown of the Countach’s past:
- 1971 P500 prototype: A one-off design by Marcello Gandini – responsible for the Miuri and Espada – the original Countach started it all. With a sleek, muscular, powerful profile and futuristic forward-swinging doors, it was an instant hit.
- 1974-1978: The first line of Countachs to march out to consumers, the LP400’s V12 went 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and could max out at 181.4MPH.
- 1978-1982: The LP400S was updated and given a meaner, more aggressive look. It retained the same engine as its predecessor and just had a few cosmetic upgrades.
- 1982-1985: The LP500S got an updated engine, bringing its 0-60 sprint down to 5.6 seconds and its top speeds to 186.4MPH.
- 1985-1988: LP5000S QV had a more powerful but slower engine, with a slight increase in agility. It could go 0-60 in 5.2 seconds but maxed out at 182.1MPH.
- 1988: The 25th anniversary model of the Countach was the best of everything from the models before it. Low profile, confident, and agile, this beast of a supercar could sprint 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and topped out at 190MPH.
5 special edition Countachs have been released throughout the years, each with its own unique profiles and impressive array of specs. It’s no wonder that the poster child for supercars – literally – is being met with such excitement upon its return.
Lamborghini’s Uphill Battle
That said, not everyone is on board yet – they’re waiting to see the details on the new Countach. Some worry that the new car will fail to measure up to its predecessors. This is a valid worry, given how emotionally attached so many are to the original fan supercar.
Plus there are concerns about the switch to electricity – even partially, it may effect the car’s muscle power. Car enthusiasts have been burned before by anniversary releases or popular car rebirths, so some people are approaching this revival with caution.
But even the most stoic holdouts have to admit; having another Countach? That’s pretty darn cool.