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Reborn Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 is an electrifying tribute to the original

The rumors were true and the new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 makes its debut at the 2021 Monterey Car Week. Built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Countach, the new car will be what Lamborghini calls a “few off” production model with only 112 units being made. The new Countach is also a preview of what the future of Lamborghini’s powertrains will be like because it utilizes the same hybrid powertrain that first debuted in the Sian, the brand’s first electrified supercar.

In terms of exterior styling, the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 stays true to the original and takes inspiration from several iterations including the LP 400, LP 500, and the Quattrovalvole Edition. You get the same wedge-shaped silhouette and swing-up scissor doors as the original but reinterpreted with a modern approach.

Like the initial iterations, the new Countach LP 800-4 doesn’t have a rear wing. Instead, you get a three-position retractable spoiler. It also doesn’t get pop-up headlights but even without them, its front fascia hearkens back to the original car, especially with the retro rectangular grille and wide, thin openings with a Countach badge on the passenger’s side.

The rear end, on the other hand, is pure 80s throwback done in a modern sense. You get the same taillight design with LED lightwork, centrally placed quad exhaust tips, wide openings for improved cooling, and a rear diffuser that kicks up dramatically to show off those massive tires. The louvered rear window amplifies the new car’s connection to its legendary predecessor to give you a view of its powertrain and is connected with a glass panel on the roof.

Powering the Countach LPI 800-4 is a naturally-aspirated V12 engine coupled to a 34-hp electric motor and a seven-speed single-clutch automated manual transmission. Unlike the typical hybrid, the Countach uses a supercapacitor to power the electric motor instead of a lithium-ion battery. Lamborghini says the powertrain’s total system output is 814 hp, allowing the Countach to hit 100 km/h or 62 mph in 2.8 seconds before topping out at 355 km/h or 220 mph. As its LPI 800-4 name suggests, the Countach is AWD.

Extensive use of carbon fiber in the monocoque keeps the Countach’s weight down and torsional stiffness up. At 3,516 pounds, the Countach has a power to weight ratio of 4.2 pounds per horsepower. Behind the 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels are massive carbon-ceramic brake discs. Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tires are standard in a staggered layout for optimum grip.

Owners of the new Countach LPI 800-4 will be able to choose from heritage colors from the original car, most of which are solid hues. In addition, Lamborghini will also offer modern choices including Blu Uranus and Viola Pasifae. Inside, you’ll find modern tech features like a digital cluster and an 8.4-inch main touch screen with Apple CarPlay compatibility. A “Stile” (Design in Italian) button will also be included to give you a brief explanation of the Countach’s design philosophy.

Deliveries of the Lamborghini Countach LP 800-4 will start in the first quarter of 2022. The number of vehicles being produced is a reference to the original car’s project name, which was LP 112.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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