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Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 2022: limited-run retro supercar will cost over AU$3 million

John Law

The Miura might be the most beautiful Lamborghini ever, but the subsequent Countach probably graced more bedroom walls than any other super car.

The 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 references many of the of the oh-so-wedgy design details of Marcello Gandini’s original Lamborghini Countach that was in production from 1974-1990.

A lucky few buyers – 112 to be exact – will have the opportunity to get their hands on Lamborghini’s re-imagined postercar. That number is a neat reference to the Countach’s LP112 development name. 

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In case you needed a refresher, here’s the original Countach. The remarkably delicate lines were penned by Marcello Gandini.

Those 112 prospective customers will need to have deep pockets, though, because the new Countach costs a whisker over 2 million Euros, or roughly AU$3.24 million. Some of that cost is down to the unique, carbon fibre panels featured on the new car. 

What has Lamborghini done to create the new Countach?

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said the new car is not a starry-eyed retrospective. Instead, he claims the new car “imagines how the iconic Countach of the 70s and 80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade”

From the front, the new Countach references the original’s ‘pursed lip’ air vent and squinty pop-up headlights. Lamborghini has done what it can to sharpen the lines where possible to evoke that signature wedge look.

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The new car is a continuation of the name, clearly taking reference from the more angular, aggressive late model Countach design.

On the flanks, Lamborghini has added ‘gille’ details, again referencing the original car’s crisply detailed air intakes.

Around the back, Lamborghini has designed tail lights that reference the 70s car. Meanwhile, the blacked-out rear bumper recalls the drama of the late model Countach’s dark voids.

In profile is where the new Countach shows its Aventador underpinnings most – this is quite clearly a modern vehicle. Still, the new staggered 20 and 21-inch alloy wheels recall the telephone dial-design of the Original Countach’s.

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Buyers will be able to customise the Countach to suit their tastes.

Keeping with its heritage vibe, the new Countach will be available in a host of solid colours including Impact White (pictured here), Verde Medio and flat Giallo. Inside, buyers will have a choice to customise their appointments with single and two-tone combinations available.

What’s powering the new Countach?

Rather like the original, the new Countach packs a longitudinally arranged, mid-mounted V12 petrol engine.

Unlike the original, though, the new car is based on the AWD Lamborghini Aventador, the marque’s current flagship model which first emerged in 2011. 

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In profile the Aventador underpinnings are evident, but it still looks pretty special.

The Countach differentiates itself from the Aventador with partial hybridisation first seen on the Sían. The new car teams the Aventador Ultimae’s 575kW 6.5L V12 with a 25kW electric motor.

The resulting total outputs are 599kW of power and 720Nm of torque. Like the Aventador, the Countach will send power through a seven-speed single clutch automatic transmission.

Those outputs are adequate to propel the 1,595kg Countach from 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 200km/h comes up in just 8.6 seconds and this bull is good for a blistering top speed of 355km/h.

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The good stuff is around the back, where the Countach packs a 6.5L V12 engine.

These days V12 powered cars are becoming a rarity, with the Countach’s only real competitor the 610kW Ferrari 812 Competizione.

Lamborghini revealed the new Countach at the Pebble Beach Concours in Los Angeles. If you’re one of the lucky 112 buyers, you can expect your Countach to arrive as soon as the first quarter of 2022.