Lamborghini Countach Returning for Limited Run

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
lamborghini countach returning for limited run

Lamborghini’s Countach is arguably one of the most important vehicles ever to be manufactured in that it solidified the brand’s reputation and helped create an entire subgenre of automotive pornography. The model is often touted as being one of the only posters featured on more teenage walls than Bo Derek and was among the first performance automobiles to appear in videogames with any regularity. Introduced in 1974, it’s the one Lamborghini almost everyone recognizes and probably the vehicle that best represents the brand. It’s wildly impractical, beyond garish, and totally obsessed with giving an experience so unique that you cannot help but place the car on a pedestal.

Oh, and Lamborghini said the Countach is coming back in limited quantities for its 50th birthday. Though it’s to be reimagined as a modern automobile.

Reboots typically work best when the original subject matter leaves a lot to be desired and doesn’t have an army of hyper-loyal fans prepared to tear the new-and-improved version to shreds. This is something Hollywood has taught us repeatedly without seemingly ever having taken that lesson to heart itself. But there’s reason to think the next Countach might get a warmer reception than the last few installments of Star Wars or that horrendous Ghostbusters reboot from 2016.

Despite being one of the most famous automobiles in living memory, the Countach kind of sucked as a regular car. My experience with the model barely exceeds smelling the interior but it has some of the worst rearward visibility you can encounter without getting a commercial driver’s license, had a clutch that’s heavy enough to qualify as self-abuse, and came with a monstrous (optional) rear wing that many claimed still reduced the vehicle’s top speed over a decade into its production. Owners have also said that the car feels substantially faster than it actually was, due in part to its noisy V12 and famously uncomfortable ride. By most accounts, the flying wedge was adept at making a statement while standing still or hurtling down the road at perilously quick speeds and very little else.

Lamborghini teased its successor on Monday, hinting that it would be leaving some of those older character traits in the dust. But the flamboyance of the Countach is the one aspect that makes it truly special, so the brand would be wise not to tone things down too much.

Thus far, teasers have given us a glimpse of fender vents in and a car-covered profile that seems to indicate this thing comes with one hell of a spoiler. Beyond its planned debut at Pebble Beach — potentially as the “Countach LPI 800-4” — that’s about all we know.

But the name hints at it being a hybrid (or Longitudinale Posteriore Ibrido) V12 outputting 800 PS (789 hp) and rumors suggest the company is using the Sian as its base. That would be a fitting choice considering it’s the most striking example in the automaker’s lineup and Lamborghini would be crazy to employ even the slightest hint of subtly on the Countach.

We should get our first look at the vehicle during the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance on August 15th. Inside sources have suggested the car will retail above €3 million ($3.52 million USD) and be limited to just over 100 units over the next several years.

We make dreams come true. We did it with the classic Countach in the 1970s. And we’re doing it again. The new Lamborghini Countach is coming. ​

— Lamborghini (@Lamborghini) August 9, 2021

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  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Aug 10, 2021

    Two weeks ago, on a weekday afternoon on the nearly empty Highway 407 I was passed by an Aventador. Just after he passed me, there was a puff of smoke from his exhausts and he drifted over to the shoulder seemingly without power. Incredibly I did not see anybody pull over to assist him. Schadenfreude? Perhaps. I however was rushing to a medical appointment so have a somewhat objective excuse.

  • ZippySlug ZippySlug on Aug 10, 2021

    Another body kit on a aventador? yawn.

  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.