Lamborghini’s vehicle lineup can be remarkable. The Italian automaker understands how to elicit emotions and what a rebellious supercar should seem. But not this time.
Lamborghini has unveiled a limited edition vehicle to highlight the 50th anniversary of the iconic Lamborghini Countach.
As delighted as I was to learn that Lamborghini was resurrecting the Countach moniker, I was let down by the ultimate result. Although the company positions the new model as a challenger, attempting to shatter norms similar to the original Countach, in reality, it is just another boring toy for auto enthusiasts.
Re-use, re-hash, bingo
Lamborghini limited-edition vehicles are frequently distinguished by their unique design. For example, the SC20 Roadster and Sian Roadster, as well as the Centenario Coupe and Sesto Elemento. All of these models were special because of their groundbreaking design and polished engineering solutions, which made you want to travel back to the 1990s and make a photo of a new model into a wall poster.
The original Lamborghini Countach made an excellent wall poster.
Devilishly frenetic, completely unworkable, yet with a beautiful design.
Meanwhile, the new generation Lamborghini Countach appears to be a car that borrows design cues from previous generations, but at the same time reminds me of Aventador.
Take a look at the front. You can see the similarities with Lamborghini Diablo, front headlights seem to have been taken from the Lamborghini Centenario. Meanwhile, looking at the rear, you can see the Lamborghini Sian’s taillights.
A modern Countach hommage should have been much more unique than that! Finally, Lamborghini makes no apologies for the fact that the chassis is only a subtle development of the Lamborghini Aventador, rather than the total and dramatic makeover that Lamborghini might have afforded.
Despite the fact that many enthusiasts are disappointed by the prohibitions on internal combustion engines, Lamborghini has fitted the legend that rose from the ashes with a hybrid drivetrain, which the brand has already utilized in Lamborghini Sian models.
The 12-cylinder naturally aspirated engine produces 780 horsepower, with an extra 34 horsepower produced by the electric motor. When this hybrid powertrain is combined with four-wheel drive, the automobile accelerates to 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.6 seconds, and can achieve a peak speed of 355 km/h (220 mph) on the German autobahn.
In reality, it features a one-of-a-kind design built by Lamborghini for Sián, which is the first mild-hybrid technology to establish a direct link between electric motor and wheels, retaining the pure V12 character. The e-motor is driven by a supercapacitor, which produces three times the power of a lithium-ion battery of the same weight.
The carbon fiber monocoque chassis and all body panels give the best lightweight solution as well as outstanding torsional stiffness. The dry weight of the Countach LPI 800-4 is 1595 kg.
Please make sure you comprehend what I’m saying. As remarkable as the hybrid powertrain in this vehicle appears to be, I believe that the current version of the Countach should have enabled the company’s designers to let their creativity run wild rather than aiming to please a certain target group.
On the other hand, all of these critiques will not affect demand for this vehicle. Lamborghini intends to build only 112 copies of this reimagined Countch, with each costing €2 million.
Don’t get me wrong – the Countach is a gorgeous car carrying every bit of Lamborghini DNA. But every time I look at it, I see an Aventador, that is 10 years in production already.
Perhaps it’s time for a proper successor in the range, isn’t it?
Such a great opportunity to reimagine an iconic car. Is it the classic case of overpromise but underdeliver? I think, it is.
- Good bits: I love some of the accents that truly reminds me of Countach. The car is pretty in general.
- What I don't like: Well, there's the price. And then, there is the classic case of Lamborghini - same car, tweaked design and 10x price tag. It looks cool, but certainly not iconic.