LAMBORGHINI has unveiled the Countach LPI 800-4, a futuristic limited edition paying homage to its iconic status as a revolutionary design and technology rule-breaker, recreated for the 21st century.
Its pure lines are immediately recognisable from the Countach legacy, the patriarch of modern super sports cars and Lamborghini design. Its aspirated V12 engine has been combined with Lamborghini’s hybrid supercapacitor technology.
The Countach LPI 800-4 retains the inimitable V12 experience and sound from its Longitudinale Posteriore (LP) mounted powerplant combined with the hybrid (I) technology developed for the Sián.
Delivering 598kW as maximum combined power from its aspirated powerplant (573kW) and electric motor (25kW) to its permanent four-wheel drive transmission, the LPI 800-4 produces peak Lamborghini performance of 0-100km/h acceleration in just 2.8 seconds.
It will sprint from 0-200km/h in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 355km/h. One of the few models with a name not connected to bulls, the Countach keeps its distinctive silhouette, sharp angles and lines, and idiosyncratic wedge shape.
The Countach LPI 800-4 develops the characteristic lines of the five original models over nearly 20 years, with inspiration for its distinctive new face taken from the Quattrovalvole edition’s assertive lines, low grille and headlights, and hexagonal themed wheel arches.
There is no fixed rear wing outside the pure lines, and the air scoops are integrated fluidly in the strong shoulders of the car, embellished with the distinctive Countach slatted ‘gills’.
The iconic and aerodynamically powerful NACA air intakes cut into the side and doors of the Countach LPI 800-4 while the distinctive Periscopio lines running through the roof to the rear of the car, appear to float towards the rear of the car.
The rear of the Countach LPI 800-4 is immediately recognisable from its distinctive inverted wedge shape, with the rear bumper featuring a lower, sleeker line, and the ‘hexagonita’ design shaping the three-unit rear light clusters.
The LPI 800-4 sports the four-strong exhaust tail pipes of the Countach family, connected within the carbon fibre rear diffuser. Access for driver and passenger is of course via the infamous scissor doors.
The V12 engine is as legendary as the design. Mounted longways at the rear together with its forward-cabin layout, the original Countach featured side-mounted radiators from Formula One; forward-facing gearbox and tubular spaceframe technology.
It was as revolutionary in its approach to sports car engineering as in its astonishing looks, with its engine position chosen for weight distribution and balance and of course, the aspirated twelve cylinders delivering the most emotive top performance.
The Countach developed the best available technologies to produce an extraordinary car: this visionary philosophy is reflected in the Countach LPI 800-4, taking the pinnacle of current Lamborghini technologies and engineering performance expected today.
It is the innovative and unique architecture Lamborghini developed for Sián, that is the only mild-hybrid technology to create a direct connection between electric motor and wheels, preserving the pure V12 behaviour.
The e-motor is powered by a supercapacitor providing three times more power compared to a lithium-ion battery of the same weight.
The monocoque chassis and all the body panels are in carbon fibre, provide the optimum lightweight solution as well as exceptional torsional stiffness. The Countach LPI 800-4 has a dry weight of 1595kg.
Visible exterior carbon fibre features are available in the front splitter, around the front window and wing mirrors, engine bonnet cover air intakes and rocker panel and it is always present in specific interior details.
Moveable air vents produced by state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, and a photo-chromatic roof, changing from solid to transparent at the push of a button, act as a reminder that this car is a future automotive screensaver for the 21st century.
The Countach LPI 800-4 was unveiled at The Quail, USA in a dedicated colour Bianco Siderale, containing a hint of pearlescent blue and reminiscent of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s own Countach LP 400 S, complete with red and black leather heritage interior.
The interior also takes design cues from the original Countach within the context of a modern car. The classic and luxurious leather features geometric stitching on the specially designed comfort seats and dashboard, sporting a square motif.
In addition, the Countach LPI 800-4’s 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) wheels are created in the ‘telephone’ style of the 1980s, fitted with carbon ceramic brake discs, and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.
Owners of the exclusive limited edition Countach LPI 800-4 can choose from a range of heritage exterior paint options, mostly in solid colours, such as the iconic Impact White, Giallo Countach and Verde Medio.
Otherwise, the contemporary palette offers modern paintings, mostly metallic colours, such as Viola Pasifae or Blu Uranus.
An 8.4-inch HDMI centre touchscreen unique to the LPI 800-4 manages car controls including connectivity and Apple CarPlay. It also includes a unique button entitled ‘Stile’, which when pressed explains the Countach design philosophy to its privileged audience.
Produced in a run of 112 units, the number denotes the ‘LP 112’ internal project name used during the original Lamborghini Countach’s development. Deliveries will commence in Q1 of 2022.
Local availability is yet to be announced, but we can confirm it will be produced in left-hand drive only, and cost $2 million Euros (or around $3.2 million Australian Dollars).