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Comeback with 800 hp: Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

Lamborghini doesn't actually build retro cars, but now the Italians are making an exception. The new edition of the Countach comes with more than 800 hp. All 112 copies have already been sold.

The last Countach ever built left the Lamborghini factory 31 years ago. Around 2,000 examples of the wedge-shaped V12 icon have been built since 1974, after the angular newcomer inherited the Miura. Now another 112 vehicles have been added, which, however, have emancipated themselves quite clearly from their ancestors in terms of performance and technology. The new edition of the Countach gets the hybrid powertrain of the Sian and accordingly distributes 814 hp to all four wheels. The 6.5-liter V12 naturally aspirated engine gallops 780 horses, 34 come from the electric motor integrated into the seven-speed gearbox. Good for up to 355 km/h - i.e. 50 km/h faster than the most powerful version of the first Countach.,

Different on the inside, similar on the outside

There are still similarities to the original model, especially the design diligently quotes from the brand's history . Usually you won't find a model name on any Lamborghini. Back then, only the Countach wore it, and the LPI 800-4 was also granted this detail. The shape of the windscreen and the overall relationship between the body and the glass surfaces are strongly based on the predecessor. The Italians designed the light graphics so linearly that the front resembles the 70s model with closed folding headlights. The designers also arranged the taillights as they were then and played around them with the same design language. Below this, four tailpipes are inserted into the carbon diffuser.

In the interior, the demarcation from the past is of course clearer. In the center console, Lamborghini made of carbon surrounds the 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while a digital cockpit provides the driver with all the relevant information. The photochromic glass roof darkens the view of the sky at the push of a button. Only the square quilting in the leather of the seats is reminiscent of the historic namesake. Another glimpse into the past is the dial-style rim design (20 inches at the front, 21 inches at the rear).,

Astonishment and awe

With a dry weight of 1,595 kilos, the new Lamborghini Countach has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.95 kilos per hp. This leaves it a little behind the competition from Maranello, which also has a hybrid super sports car on offer with the Ferrari SF90. However, because it is 25 kilos lighter and 186 hp more powerful, each individual hp here only shifts 1.57 kilos. But you'll notice it yourself: That's complaining at a high level. Finally, with a sprint time of 2.8 seconds to 100 km/h and 8.6 seconds to 200 km/h, the Countach LPI 800-4 certainly cannot be said to be sluggish.

He has also retained the talent to live up to his name.The expression "Coon-Tach" describes a combination of astonishment and awe in the Piedmontese dialect. They themselves say in Sant'Agata Bolognese that they don't really build retro cars, and the LPI 800-4 isn't meant to be seen purely as a retrospective either. Rather, the limited-edition supercar is a vision of how a Countach would perform in the here and now. It's nice that this vision was not only put on paper, but also put on the wheels - at least for a lucky few from the particularly loyal clientele.,

Already sold out

The Countach LPI 800-4 gave its public premiere at Edel -Garden party "The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering" in California, USA. Immediately afterwards it was clear that all of the super sports car, which was limited to 112 units, had been sold. Those who were able to secure one have some leeway with the color design. Lamborghini offers a choice of shades from the past or the present as paint colors – you will find a total of 33 colors in the catalogue. The cockpit may be designed in one or two colors. Lamborghini plans to deliver the finished vehicles in the first quarter of 2022. If the Italians stay at the same pace, the next Countach will come in 2053. The Italians have not named a price for the Countach. But it should be seven digits.,

Conclusion

Why only 112 copies, you might ask? This refers to the code of the original Countach, known internally as the LP112 during its development. Adequate justification? Perhaps. Would we still have wished for a larger number? In any case.

Didn't you offer a higher number with a historical reference, dear Lamborghinis? For example, 4,927 - that's how many residents Sant'Agata Bolognese had in the year the last Countach was built. Just as a little suggestion.

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