Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 debuts with Sián power


Now let’s wait for a Roadster.

After a short teaser campaign, Lamborghini has unveiled the Countach LPI 800-4 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Monterey, California. The new Countach celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Countach nameplate that debuted as a prototype at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Only 112 units will be produced with each reportedly costing US$ 3 million plus taxes. The number 112 comes from the internal codename ‘LP 112’ of the original Countach. Deliveries will commence from the first quarter of 2022.

Yes, the new Countach is based on the Sian which was in turn based on the Aventador, but I’m not gonna call it a Sian with a new bodykit; I’ll leave that discussion for the internet commenters. But anyway, the designers have done a pretty good job of incorporating the styling elements from the original Countach into the new one as much as possible. I do see some hints of Diablo, but maybe that’s just me. The pop-out headlights have been left out, most likely due to regulatory reasons or maybe because they cause unnecessary drag. The rear-end is where you see more of the Sian bits, but the Sian’s rear-end styling was inspired by the Countach anyway.

The new Countach rides on 1980s telephone-style staggered wheels measuring 20-inch at the front and 21-inch at the rear, wrapped with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. Carbon ceramic discs come standard, measuring 400 x 38 mm at the front and 380 x 38 mm at the rear.

The cockpit tries its best to distinguish itself from that of the Sian, but you know, with only partial success. However, there are specially designed comfort seats. This particular example features a red and black leather heritage theme—inspired by Ferruccio Lamborghini’s personal Countach LP 400 S.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the Countach LPI 800-4 borrows the powertrain as-is from the Sian, including the supercapacitor that powers the electric motor. The 6.5L (6,498 cc) naturally aspirated V12 pumps out 574 kW (780 metric hp) at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torque at 6,750 rpm. The electric motor attached to the gearbox offers an additional 25 kW (34 metric hp) and 35 Nm (26 lb-ft) of torque. The combined figures would be 599 kW (814 metric hp) and 755 Nm (557 lb-ft) of torque. Compared to the Sian, there’s a shortage of 4 metric hp and 3 Nm, but that’s okay. Download the technical data sheet here.

The car’s dry weight is estimated to be 1,595 kg (3,516 lbs), which is exactly what Sian claims. Anyway, the official performance figures are as follows: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.6 seconds, braking from 100-0 km/h in 30 metres, and a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph).

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