So it will be interesting to see how far they’ve come over the years, since the first supercar rolled off the production line. A car that needs no introduction: the legendary Countach.
In the video below, Matt Farah of TheSmokingTire compares his 34-year-old (at the time of the video) to a red 1988 Lamborghini Countach LP 5000-QV with a much newer, 5-year-old Aventador Roadster.
Lambo confrontation: What Matt Farah thinks
As Matt negotiated a quiet valley road in Countach, the huge smile on his face almost filled the windshield. “This 5.2 liter V12 Countach has only 26,000 km/h original, which is the greatest thing ever!” He packages.
The extremely low-profile red sports car looks like it has jumped straight off a poster as it explodes along empty hillside roads. It’s a scene that takes you straight back to the ’80s, to a time when cars had huge ashtrays and Madonna was topping the pop charts.
“You can’t enjoy a supercar without driving one of these, this car invented the word supercar,” he said while flying along the road in a classic Countach. It’s fully loaded with gold magnesium phone disc wheels, a huge rear spoiler, and a $7,500 Alpine-style stereo system.
After singing her “She’s Just Perfect” and “Speed” praises, Matt gives us some home facts, too. He tells us that the brakes are “fairly efficient,” that there is no rear sight, and that the transmission and clutch are too heavy to work with.
The lack of power steering doesn’t address Matt’s “it’s nothing more than effortless from my DeLorean,” he says with a grin, as he quickly gives up on the fact that he has to drive it barefoot due to its poor pedal design.
But he’s not afraid to admit that he can’t drive it for long periods of time because it damages his spine. “This is the ’80s settlement,” he said beaming. “It’s too fast!” He says smiling again as he gives us another blast of glorious V12 soundtrack.
Then came the Aventador LP700-4 Roadster, the car he didn’t seem to like very much, emphasizing its massive $480,000 price tag and the fact that people would hate you if you bought one.
“It doesn’t bend very well, because it’s so heavy, it’s a thousand pounds heavier than the Countach. It drives like an everyday front-wheel drive car. You have to change your driving style for this car. It’s not agile enough for the track, and it doesn’t change direction very well,” he said.
But for the spectator, just watching the beautiful silvery Aventador wind its way around the scenic bends is a bonus, it looks gorgeous.
“This car is like a circus,” Matt says. “Get a lot of attention, but not for the reasons you want them to. When women or people outside of cars look at you, they think you’re a whole bag of s***! Some people think it’s unfair to have you, and they don’t.”
Matt finishes, “It’s a very cool car, a product of the digital age, it’s like an iPhone, it’s fun to play and show off, until a better, faster, newer car comes out.”
The Lambo Showdown: What We Think
From a performance perspective (and according to UltimateSpecs), Aventador wins. It could blast its way to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, beating the Countach’s 4.8-second time. It has a top speed of 218 mph, and its 1980s competition couldn’t match the 185 mph. Well, the Countach may have been the fastest car in 1988, but we have to be very honest if we’re going to be honest about the Italian automaker’s three decades of progress.
When you compare the way these cars handle, the Aventador undoubtedly excels. It has an F1-style suspension, super smooth micro-second gear changes, excellent brakes, precise steering and an exciting grip that makes the car feel stable when pushed into corners/corners at high speed. Its 80s counterpart no, it’s unpredictable at very high speeds and the brakes are horrible.
Changing the gear on the Aventador is simple and easy, you just have to paddle the steering wheel and the seven-speed automatic clutch responds instantly. With the Countach, you have to push the heavy transmission into the right place as you try to sink the heavy clutch to the ground.
Aventador cabins are a much more fun place. It has everything a modern supercar should have; Digital gauges, infotainment system, high-tech dash, and sized right seats and pedals in all the right places. It has windows that open fully, and the air conditioners are working.
The Countach has a great nostalgic look, but you can’t get away from the fact that it looks pretty old. It has small headlights and taillights, a cheap-looking bolt-on plastic body kit everywhere, nice-looking wheels and a rear spoiler (which Matt is proud of) which hampers the performance of the car.
And in terms of reliability and safety, it’s probably not worth going there. Like most 80s cars, the Countach is prone to electrical failures, and unfortunately suffers from overheating.
The ultimate truth is that it would probably be unfair to compare the two. The Aventador is a testament to 30 years of Lamborghini engineering and design progress, and the Countach was a cutting edge model in the 1980s.
But if you are comparing the two for a potential purchase, you need to decide what you want out of the car. If you’re looking for a classic supercar to put in your garage as an investment, take a picture of the Countach. If you’re looking for a car that you can really enjoy on the open road, and have a lot of fun, then the Aventador makes more sense.
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