The Lamborghini Countach, the poster car for 1980s luxury, is back, and it’s a hybrid

Lamborghini unveiled its revamped Countach supercar at Pebble Beach this week, and as expected, it’s rocking a little under the hood.

The limited-edition supercar is called the Countach LPI 800-4, where LPI stands for Longitudinale Posteriore Ibrido or Longitudinal Rear Hybrid; 800 with reference to the approximation of the 814cv maximum combined power of the engine; and 4 to the permanent all-wheel drive transmission. The automaker is releasing the revamped version in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the original.

The revived Countach will have a V12 aspirated motor with a 48-volt electric motor – which means the supercar will keep its usual loud engine while also receiving some of its power from the electrons. According to Lamborghini, the thermal unit will produce 780cv (a metric unit of horsepower that translates to 574kW), while the electronic motor will generate 34cv. This results in a 0-100 km/h time of 2.8 seconds, a 0-200 km/h time of 8.6 seconds, and a top speed of 355 km/h.

The Countach hybrid system is certainly nothing new; It is based on the supercapacitor technology used in the Lamborghini Sian. Lamborghini claims that this provides three times the power of a lithium-ion battery for the same weight. Notably, it does not reflect the new hybrid and pure electric vehicle systems the Italian automaker is currently working on, which will power Lamborghini’s new range of hybrids and electric vehicles to be launched later this decade.

Lamborghini calls the Countach “the head of modern super sports car design,” and its distinctive wedge shape and sleek, sassy lines proved to be a popular cultural touchstone for many who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s. If you don’t have a countach sticker on your wall, you definitely know someone who has. And if you dreamed of enriching it and buying a mansion one day, that photo likely featured a Countach in your five-car garage.

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement that the new Countach pays homage to its predecessor, “but is not retrograde.” “It supports the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, exploring new design approaches and technology while celebrating our brand’s genetics.”

The new Countach is less angular than its predecessor, but maintains its wedge shape.
Photo: Lamborghini

The revived Countach will have a limited time; Lamborghini makes only 112 units.
Photo: Lamborghini

When viewed side by side, the revived Countach is not as sharply angled as its predecessor, with a more rounded nose and less sharp rear. There is no spoiler, and the air hood is built into the shoulders of the car, decorated with Lamborghini’s signature slatted “gills”. However, Lamborghini has done a decent job of updating the look while retaining the look and overall feel of the classic supercar.

The body and body panels are made of carbon fiber, giving the Countach LPI 800-4 a 1,595 kg (3,516 lb) dry weight to power ratio of 1.95 kg/hp. Carbon fiber also appears in the front splitter, around the front window and side view mirrors, the bonnet cover, rocker panels, as well as on the interior. Lamborghini used #D-printing to produce the movable vents and a “photochromatic” roof, which can go from solid to transparent with the touch of a button.

There’s an 8.4-inch touchscreen inside, but honestly who cares about those trivial details.
Photo: Lamborghini

Inside, an 8.4-inch touchscreen manages the vehicle’s controls. The operating system is compatible with Apple CarPlay. But let’s face it, if you’re rich enough to own this car, pairing the operating system with your smartphone isn’t your highest priority. This is what shredding your ass in the Italian countryside is really about.

But then again, these photos are probably the closest thing to this car. Lamborghini only makes 112 units, a reference to the in-house project name “LP 112” used during the development of the original Lamborghini Countach. Deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2022, and no, Lamborghini does not reveal the sticker price. Maybe for the better. I’m not sure my blood pressure can handle it.

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