Lamborghini Countach is reborn as an 803-hp hybrid supercar – .

Lamborghini Countach is reborn as an 803-hp hybrid supercar – .

The Lamborghini Countach is both an automotive and cultural icon that laid the foundation for several supercars that came after it, and Lamborghini is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Countach’s debut this year with a modern interpretation.

The modern interpretation is known as the Countach LPI 800-4, and it debuted at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday, one of the main events of Monterey Car Week 2021 currently underway in California.

The modern Countach is based on the bones of the Aventador and has a hybrid powertrain similar to that of the 2019 Sian supercar. Maximum output here is 803 hp, which is a bit lower than the 807 hp of the Sian.

Either way, there’s a small electric motor built into the transmission, added to give Lamborghini’s familiar 6.5-liter V-12 a boost that alone puts out 770bhp in this application. The electric motor only helps the motor at speeds up to 81 mph, although it also recovers energy from braking, which it stores in a supercapacitor instead of a typical battery. The drive switches to all four wheels.

This is not the technology Lamborghini is planning for its replacement of the Aventador in 2023. This car will feature a battery and a newly developed V-12 in a plug-in hybrid configuration.

Even without a big battery, the modern Countach isn’t exactly light for a two-seater with carbon fiber construction for its center tub and body. Dry weight is 3,516 pounds, with a 43-57 front-to-rear split percent. Fortunately, performance is still sharp, with Lamborghini citing a 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds, a 0-124 mph time of 8.6 seconds, and a top speed of 221 mph.

Prototype Lamborghini Countach LP500

According to Lamborghini, the modern Countach is meant to represent the continuing evolution of the original to the present day. All the key pieces are there, although aspects like the flared wheel arches and huge fender of some Countach models have been overlooked. Instead, the aesthetic is similar to the original Countach prototype (pictured above) which was first shown at the Geneva International Motor Show in 1971.

Lamborghini plans to build 112 copies of the car, with the number referring to the LP 112 model designation used during the development of the original Countach. Deliveries are expected to start in early 2022.

The Countach was the successor to the Lamborghini Miura, and although the designs for both cars are attributed to Marcello Gandini, the Countach took on a very different form. Its wedge shape set the tone for 1970s supercar design, and its scissor doors remain a hallmark of Lamborghini’s V-12 models to this day.

Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition

The Countach remained in production until 1990, with nearly 2,000 units built, before being replaced by the Diablo. Lamborghini celebrated the long production cycle with a special 25th anniversary edition, on which a certain Mr. Horacio Pagani worked.

Early examples had a 4.0-liter V-12 engine, but displacement was increased in later models, which also received fender flares, large rear fenders, and other additions. In all cases, the engine was mounted longitudinally, and coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission.

The Countach was never considered an easy-to-drive car. Veteran Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni said the engine positioning was a bit too high, making the car prone to sudden oversteer. That, coupled with a lack of outward visibility, made the Countach one of the ultimate cars in style rather than substance.

In case you were wondering, the Countach is not named after a Spanish fighting bull like most other Lamborghini models. Pronounced “Coon-tach,” the name is actually an interpretation of a Piedmontese word, which has several meanings.

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