By on August 9, 2021

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.

[Images: Lamborghini]

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32 Comments on “Lamborghini Countach Returning for Limited Run...”

  • avatar

    I have never driven a Countach.

    I have read/seen/heard it falls into the, “never meet your idol,” category in reality.

    • 0 avatar

      In my college valet days, I drove one Countach. Parking is terrifying. You can’t see a thing, and that includes the front. You do need to open a door to see where you are going. The steering takes a ton of force to move those huge front tires. And I’ll never know if the owner knew that I took it on a burger run to get food for me and my crew. (It’s good to know when the event is ending!!!)

      • 0 avatar

        That’s the kind of story that makes getting old worthwhile. Tell it often enough in the proper motorhead establishments, and you’ll never have a bar bill.

        • 0 avatar

          You can’t take a Countach through the drive-thru at a Wendy’s. And you do get looks in the parking lot when you stumble out of one, head in, and keep one eye staring at it at all times!!!

    • 0 avatar

      “I have never driven a Countach.”

      Now you have a chance my friend. America is the land of opportunities.

  • avatar

    I’d find a way to pony up $3.52 million only if I can recreate the classic ‘ludes Wolf of Wall Street scene.

    I think this might work better for their target markets:
    12,929,664.00 Emirati dirhams
    259,282,496.00 Russian rubles
    76.15 in Bitcoin

  • avatar

    The “good ol’ days”. Time muddles the memory. We wax poetic of the sh!t we drove back then and as we age convince ourselves that things were better.

    “Welcome to the Grand illusion
    Come on in and see what’s happening
    Pay the price, get your tickets for the show
    The stage is set, the band starts playing
    Suddenly your heart is pounding
    Wishing secretly you were a star”

    • 0 avatar

      Love the Styx reference! Well put regarding how we view things looking backwards. How many times has a lame mid 80s car been put on a pedestal here…

      Suite Madam Blue is one of my favorite Styx songs…talk about a flashback to hammered times in Funnelle Hall….

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Isn’t Bugatti doing something similar?

    Today, you don’t buy a 70’s Countach for its performance; you buy it for the shock and awe.

    If I had $3 million to spend, I’d just get the original for $500k and never have to explain why I bought a re-imagined version instead.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Actual Countach owner: “This is a 10-year-old Aventador in a bad costume.”

    • 0 avatar

      Bugatti-Rimac Nevara is a full BEV. It did the quarter-mile in 8.6 seconds and it’s 1,914 hp. But, it costs $2.44 million. From what I understand, the $3 million price tag is just speculation. With only 800hp (wtf did I just say??) it’s really not in the same league as the almost 2k horsepower Koenigsegg, Buggati-Rimacs and other true hypercars. The Ferrari 296 GTB puts out 818hp with a V6 and similar performance and is only $250k (again.. wtf am I saying). To me, the 296 has more nostalgia since I grew up around Ferraris (although, we did kind of turn our noses up at the Dinos back in the day, but hey, I was just a kid.)

  • avatar

    For such an exclusive car, that advert comes off very cheap and amateur.

    Hybridization is to introduce the concept moving forward, since Euro regs are definitely gonna force them that direction sooner than later. CEO has claimed by 2024 they’ll all be plug-in hybrids for their passenger car lineup.

  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    The poor LP400 started out so pretty but after countless facelifts, it became hideous IMO.
    Nobody ever claimed the gold chain crowd in the 80s had good taste.

    • 0 avatar

      I know…it started out angular and clean looking. And then the US-spec bumpers were added. And then the cocaine crowd wanted flash and excess. But it is just SOOOO 1980s. And I know the pre-teen me had this poster on the wall.

      But, yeah, “This Countach is so much fun to drive” was said by no one, ever. Terrifying, yes. Tiring, yup. Deafening. Certainly. Expensive to run? Wipe the powder off of the AmEx and pay for the constant tune ups.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree. The original looked fine, then it morphed into a fat Elvis version. I wasn’t a fan of the Testarossa either and preferred the BB512.

      • 0 avatar

        I’ll add the Lotus Esprit to the discussion as well. The late 70s and into the 80s, it had that very clean, angular design that aged very well. By the time it was put out to pasture, there was so much plastic junk taped, glued, and hanging on that it was just too much, too over the top. Some of those scoops and spoilers make the Civic Type-R look restrained.

    • 0 avatar

      And let’s not forget the DeTomaso Pantera: Goooooorgeous at birth, some growing pains, then add on a-this-ah, tack on a-that-ah, a gold chain here, some minoxidil there, and suddenly… it’s 1985. Spew.

  • avatar

    I was in Galveston once, following a Countach along the sea wall, admiring it from behind. I looked up and another one passed us – two at once. A red one and a white one.
    One of the best reviews I ever read “too much aerodynamic laundry hanging out to dry”. Truer words never spoken.
    The car is hideous, only the original form looks good.

  • avatar

    I would buy one but I have no space in garage.

  • avatar

    I had a horrible thought. What if they came out with a Countach-styled CUV? Four doors and lifted.

  • avatar

    Didn’t you mean Farrah Fawcett poster though?

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    I was at a track day in the Nineties ( had to walk in because my ’84 944 was too plebeian/slow/wet to be let on the track, even though I’d brought a motorcycle helmet ) and saw a woman with whom I’d been at high school. Her Grandfather was out on the track in his red Countach. He soon binned it into a gravel trap. Solution: he walked back to the pits and got his other Countach out of the trailer. He stuffed that black one into the same gravel trap, right beside the red one.

    I’ll admit that I was slightly smug when I drove home in the car that I’d shown up in, as there was widespread mechanical carnage at that track day.

    Buying a fast car does not impart the ability to drive one at anything close to full chat.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Instead of building a limited run of Countachs how about a few classic touring Islaros and Espadas or modernized versions of them?

  • avatar

    It’s a shame it’s going to be a hybrid as that has no place in anything other than soulless appliance vehicles.

    But at least they didn’t completely ruin it by making it a garbage EV. Ford has ruined enough legendary names with that crap.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah that NSX is such a soulless appliance….

    • 0 avatar

      “But at least they didn’t completely ruin it by making it a garbage EV. Ford has ruined enough legendary names with that crap.”

      If you had ever driven an EV, you’d have a different opinion.

      Even if an EV doesn’t fit your lifestyle, the NVH and the smooth power is fantastic.

      As a result of the smoothness, EVs very upscale.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    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.

  • avatar

    Another body kit on a aventador? yawn.

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