By on August 16, 2021

Lamborghini introduced the Countach LPI 800-4 over the weekend, undoubtedly hoping to rake in some of the wealth that’s been amassing in the upper echelons of society. Supposedly retailing somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 million, the vehicle is effectively an Aventador with some retro-inspired bodywork with the powertrain of the new Sián.

While a 6.5-liter V12 and electric motor providing a combined maximum output of 802 horsepower is nothing to sneeze at, there was some level of expectation that the Countach design might even outdo the truly wild Sián FKP 37 Lamborghini previewed in 2019. But producing something striking is difficult when you’re simultaneously attempting to marry the concept with a 50-year-old design everyone has been fetishizing since before they were old enough to learn what that meant. 

There is literally no point in my life where I wouldn’t see an original Lamborghini Countach and be forced to stop and ogle it, undoubtedly advising everyone who had been fooled into accompanying me to do likewise. But something tells me the remake won’t be getting that treatment.

The Countach LPI 800-4 is indeed reminiscent of the original and brimming with retro-inspired touches that make the car look like it was dreamt up while the original model was still in production (1974–1990). But it ultimately ends up looking more like an homage to the Diablo (after they killed the pop-up headlights) than the angular menace that was the Countach and fails to extend any unique touches to the interior. Frankly, it seems like a misstep on a vehicle that’s primary selling point is how much it’s supposed to remind you of another car.

What we have here is a presumably capable 800-horsepower supercar with an appearance package that’s intended to be sold to those people that are so rich that they’ll buy whatever limited edition bauble they can get their hands on. Frankly, that sounds like most modern vehicles retailing about $250,000. But the Countach really needed to be a cut above to make it seem like the manufacturer wasn’t simply trying to capitalize on the name and seems to have missed that target.

That’s not to suggest the car isn’t loaded with cool features or unworthy of praise. Intakes have been integrated into the doors to enhance cooling, much like its predecessor, and the integrated headlamps are roughly the same size as the original’s daytime running lights. There’s even an option to set up the car to give you a brief history lesson of Countach’s design as part of the interior display. But it doesn’t go far enough to convince pilots that they’re driving anything other than a revamped Aventador.

Granted, the classic Countach’s instrument cluster is little more than a series of pods lined up in a box and would clash if installed into a modern automobile. But Lamborghini could have easily reimagined the digital display as a revamped version of what we saw in concept vehicles from the 1980s (e.g. Nissan CUE-X, VW Orbit, Oldsmobile Incas) without needing to do much else to the interior. Though we may be looking at this all wrong.

Instead of viewing the Countach LPI 800-4 as an unworthy successor to an ocular buffet, perhaps we should consider it as another way for people to get access to some of the best bits of the even harder to get Sián. The 769-horsepower, 6.5-liter engine synched up with the supercapacitor-powered, 33-hp electrical motor is a pretty sweet piece of engineering in itself. And the Countach is just 3,516 pounds, which is over 100 pounds less than the Sián.

Lamborghini said the combo resulted in a 2.8-second zero-to-62-mph time with a top speed in excess of 221 mph. But the remaining hardware is from the Aventador, resulting in identical dimensions and a final product that resembles a composite between the original Countach and the Aventador with some Sián taillamps.

Expectations have been subverted and it’s difficult to say whether that’s good or bad, especially since our collective inability to buy one probably makes any opinions we have completely irrelevant.

[Images: Lamborghini]

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33 Comments on “What Do You Think of the Returning Lamborghini Countach?...”

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    I think it is cool. I wish I could swing one. Perhaps I’ll hang a poster of one in the man cave. I’m a sucker for nostalgia though.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    Yeah, it looks cool. But it isn’t even a blip on my radar. I’m sure others will love it. But I’m not sure this kind of car is even relevent to the uber-rich anymore.

  • avatar

    Relatively understated, compared to Aventadors, more like a Huracan with a cooler front and rear treatment.

    What is a 33hp electric motor supposed to help with? Pulling it over to the side of the road when it breaks down?

  • avatar

    I approve. However where is the massive rear wing and other bits. They modernized the exterior a bit too much, it needs more sharp angles, creases, and ducts.

  • avatar

    A rolling MOMA exhibit.

  • avatar

    I love it. When I was in college I worked at an org that hosted weekly car shows during the summer. These types of vehicles were often purchased by guys who owned very unglamours businesses that threw off shocking amounts of money. There was a sort of “always a kid at heart” quality about them. Like they wanted one when there were 12 and they made a —- ton of money and so they bought one.

  • avatar

    Ask a 12 year old boy.

  • avatar

    I’m sure it will be sold out the moment they start taking orders.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    Agree, but if it was a manual and rwd ,it would be legend.
    Ford should make a GT with a manual Voodoo
    I think I’d rather have a Stratos

    • 0 avatar

      Hahahah – it could never be RWD. It would be way too slow as there is no way to get that kind of power down with 2wd. And it can’t be a manual as manuals sap too much performance compared with the alternatives.

      I mean seriously. With a manual and RWD it would be about as fast as a Model 3 performance.

  • avatar

    To me, it’s a low-end supercar with a hypercar price tag. Bugatti-Rimac has the Nevera at $2.8 million with 1,900 hp. You can get an entry-level Ferrari 296 GTB with the same HP and acceleration as the Countach for $321,000. The 296 has the nostalgia factor for those of us that liked the Dino 246 as a child. I liked it despite the fact they were the poor stepchildren at Ferrari meets and the owners that showed up with Ferrari badges pasted on them would get laughed at.

    My recommendation if you have $3 million in the toy budget is to go with a 296GTB and a Diamond DA-62. Throw in a Plaid or a Taycan for a daily driver and you’ll still have maybe $1.25 million leftover.

  • avatar
    Turbo Is Black Magic

    This thing is a disgrace to the Countach name and at $3 million is nothing more than a nostalgic cash grab. In no way is this thing worth that price of admission.

  • avatar

    Arguably the best looking car Lamborghini has made since, well, the original Countach.

  • avatar
    Stanley Steamer

    No muntins, therefore not a Countach.

  • avatar

    I mean it’s not a ‘return’ since it’s a, what, 112 unit limited run, not a long-term production model. As a homage/tribute and maybe a way to amortize some of the Sian bits, it’s pretty cool aside from the GIANT side intake duct.

    • 0 avatar

      They will get even rarer within a few months of selling out, as a good percentage will get totaled before they hit 10,000 miles.
      How much do you think even a replacement windshield would cost, if you could even find one?

  • avatar

    Put your hand on the sacred text of your choice and tell me honestly: is this really prettier than a Miura?

  • avatar

    Sounds like a modern car with the old Countach name slapped on. Good on its own merits but a disappointment if you were expecting a Countach mildly revised to conform to modern regulations. Personally, I wish they would do exactly that with a Miura. Change the bare minimum necessary to satisfy modern emission and safety regulations. Otherwise, it should look and feel like a Miura did when it was brand new 50 years ago.

  • avatar

    “What Do You Think of the Returning Lamborghini Countach?”

    To be frank with you, I don’t give a sh!t. We have serious issues with global warming right now and discussing some obscure Lamborghini no one is going to buy? Who cares. Why not to discuss what we are going to do with global warming? Which is more urgent.

    • 0 avatar

      @Inside Looking Out
      Relax. I’m with you buddy, but this is an enthusiast site, which is why I bite my tongue a lot on here. They will sell every one of these rich boy toys they make, just like Tesla sells to the image-conscious rather than the environmentally conscious. Just like Chrysler can put a “Jeep” sticker on a unibody chassis with a 3.6 Pentastar Engine and sell rolling piles of unreliable crap based on middle-class office-workers desire to feel “adventurous.” Why any motorcycle enthusiast in his right mind would buy a bike made from Vietnamese parts with horrible reliability is beyond me, but Harley Davidson continues to sell motorcycles to lemmings all over the world. Vehicle purchases are only 1/2 about need. The other half is desire and image. Maybe one day we will get to a point where conspicuous consumption will be seen for what it is, and modesty and responsibility will become vogue. But it certainly won’t happen in yours or my lifetime, so sit back and enjoy a crazy car for what it is: a limited production run for the hell of it. Cars like this aren’t the problem. The rank and file offerings to the masses that can’t even get a measly 30mpg are. It’s ok to like a cool car now and then, even if it is pointless in a larger sense.

    • 0 avatar

      There are lots of places you can go to discuss global warming.* When I stop by one of those, I rarely leave a comment about Lamborghinis.

      *The currently accepted phrase is “climate change” not “global warming”, suggest you get your conventional wisdom level updated.

  • avatar

    I think it looks kind of cool but not really worthy of the name. The original was a wild new thing that became an icon. This seems like just an overpriced Aventador with a body kit.

    When they first teased a new Countach, I was hoping it was an all-new flagship replacement for the Aventador. In this world of insane super-extra-special-limited-editions and multi-million dollar hypercars, I doubt any new car can have an impact like the original Countach, but I expected more than just a special Aventador.

    I can’t fault Lamborghini for making an easy 300 million off of nostalgic hyper-rich folks, but I’m a bit disappointed.

    • 0 avatar

      “Countach” is “Holy $#!T!” in one of the dialects of Italy.
      If this doesn’t surprise, impress and astonish you the first time you see it, then it’s not a Countach.

  • avatar

    Does it come with a coke spoon and a chest merkin?

  • avatar

    This “Countach” is just a Aventador with other body parts. Shape is quite nice (cool: no wing) but it can’t reach to the original and I don’t think that this was even intended.

    It is just a limited retro design (kind of) and will be sold in minutes, if it isn’t yet, what I believe.

  • avatar

    Pathetic automatic scum

  • avatar
    Jeff Weimer

    I think it’s a solid triple, but not a home run. The side scoops are too big and the wrong shape. They could have made them smaller and closer in shape to the original’s NACA duct and it would be almost perfect. Still, it looks too good to be a limited edition.

  • avatar

    I’ll tell you what I think, it’s hideously fncking ugly. It looks like it was built out of leftover crap they had lying around in the garage, it looks like it was drawn by a four-year-old who didn’t have enough time to finish it. Tasteless, boring, half baked and utterly forgettable
    Crush it. .

  • avatar

    What if instead of outright greed and taking the easiest route with a rebodied Aventador, Lambo instead took a much braver path and made a much more faithful to the original looking new Countach, made it a full analog car and made it the cheapest thing in their lineup? There’s way more folks who can afford a $200,000 car than a $3M car, and, those are the folks who worshipped the original when they were kids.

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