The original Lamborghini Countach was a shock car that changed the industry and became a legend, single-handedly sustaining Lamborghini for more than a decade, and it remains an icon to this day. The new Countach LPI 800-4 isn’t one of those things, and people seem to be pissed off. I do not understand why.
Here is a clear and brief explanation of why the new Countach cannot be the old Countach, from A smug first-class vintage car on Instagram by Phil Toledano:
When Lamborghini debuted in 1974, gandini’s design was complete and absolute genius – the LP 400 was unlike anything else on the road and produced 1,000 equally glorious concept cars that unfortunately never made it into reality – but what this original Countach did was deliver The future in 1974😍.
The new version looks like they took a regular lambo to the gas station and someone bought a set of those fake stick on the chrome vents and air intakes 😂🤪 I realized we’re having a moment of nostalgia but really, that’s no way to honor the original-peak snoromotive!
Once again, this is all true! Phil says nothing is wrong here. The original Countach looked like nothing else on the road. The new Countach looks like Countach. This is the most charitable way of saying it. The least benevolent you could say is that the new Countach looks like a fairly cheap fan made it real.
In a similar vein to Phil Matt Farah’s article on the road and the path. Both are owners of vintage supercars. Working to replace his collection of Group B specials harmonies with ’90s icons like the Ford Escort Cosworth and Jaguar XJ220, Farah Kontach actually owns a 1988 one himself. Farah argues that while the new Countach will run you between $2.5 and $3 million, Lamborghini will get you a few hundred mills for a car that shares its hybrid engine with the Lamborghini Sian and shares its entire chassis with the ten-year-old Aventador. It’s a “ridiculous cash grab,” in Farah’s words, which doesn’t offer much value to the buyer:
I knew about this new Countach for more than six weeks. Lamborghini contacted its most loyal collector first, wisely, before showing the car, and one of those collectors called me. But with a sticker price that’s six to seven times the price of the Aventador it’s based on – not to mention six to seven times more expensive amazing Countach in today’s market – I simply don’t see the value, from a design, history or performance point of view.
Lamborghini is trying to squeeze every drop of value out of the Countach name, 30 years after the last one was built.
The flash of news here is that Lamborghini’s entire job is to “squeeze every drop in value” from all of its models. This is her working model! It is not a charity. Hell, it even fits with Lamborghini’s history. Squeezing every drop in value out of the model is what it did with the original Countach, which was an angular wedge long after other automakers switched to slender designs. Dodge had already shown the original Viper concept before the tapered Countach went out of production.
Now, I have no objection to any blows against the new Countach’s appearance. He’s lazy as hell. It doesn’t offer the car’s styling, even a Lamborghini design, one piece. It brings nothing new to the table.
Moreover, to be angry that the new Kontach is not as bold as the old Kontach is just barking at the wrong tree. Any truly groundbreaking car would not share its name with any classic car from the past. Something new will be called something new.
Indeed, Lamborghini already makes cars that are unlike anything else on the road and don’t share a name with anything out there. The Cyan is coming for anyone who wants this same basic vehicle, but wrapped in all-new leather.
So the Countach doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s as true to the Lamborghini identity as anything else, and it puts more hybrid supercars on the road. I don’t see the problem here.