Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 Revealed! A missed opportunity?

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 Revealed! A missed opportunity?

Lamborghini Countach is possibly the most iconic supercar of all time. Nearly every boy had a poster of Countach on their wall in 1970s and 1980s. It rewrote the rulebook of how a supercar should look like and its successors Diablo, Murcielago and Aventador maintained the impressive posture of their ancestor. Maybe they weren’t quite as impressive as Countach itself, but they certainly were the most flashy supercars of their time.

It’s no surprise (at least not a big one) that Lamborghini wants to cash in on perhaps the most notorious supercar of all time. They have just revealed 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 but is it a worthy successor?

2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 is a limited run model with planned 112 units to be made. As most limited run Lamborghini models Countach LPI 800-4 wasn’t built from ground zero. It’s instead based on Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, which is based on Lamborghini Aventador, which is a successor to the original Lamborghini Countach.

So what’s special about Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 other than its legendary model name? Mostly its design that’s based on original Countach as well as the fact that it’s a hybrid – second ever hybrid from the Lamborghini (Sián FKP 37 was the first one).

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 is equipped with 6.5-liter V12 engine that outputs 780 metric horsepower as well a hybrid system which produces additional 34 horsepower making up for a combined power output of 814 horsepower.

Original Countach is a classic and the new one might be too in some ways. It still has a naturally aspirated V12 engine which is a rarity in a world filled with turbocharged engines that’s making a transition to fully electric vehicles.

The only disappointing thing is the 7-speed ISR automated manual. It’s outdated and its shifts are opposite of smooth which does somewhat ruin the overall balance and feel of the car. You can’t ask Lamborghini to develop a dual clutch transmission exclusively for a limited run model, however they should have made one for the facelifted Aventador which then could have been adapted for the Countach LPI 800-4.

Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 Design

Bodywork is the selling point of Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 but have they nailed it? Does it look like a modern Countach and is it gorgeous? Of course these are subjective questions but I can share my opinion (and I would appreciate if you did the same in comments section).

Does it look like Countach? There are similarities for sure. triangle side ducts Lamborghini quarter panel and air vents above look very similar. The shape of the cars and body panels is similar. Even the design of headlights is similar (albeit there aren’t pop-up headlights in the new Countach since it would be impossible to meet safety standards with them in 2021) and taillights are 3-piece of both models. They definitely are similar in many ways however somehow I’m left with a feeling that the new Countach doesn’t feel quite as flashy and outrageous as the original.

Is the new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 gorgeous? It looks good for sure but it isn’t as impressive as the Original Countach was back in 1974. I’m satisfied with overall shape and design of the car but my largest issue here are the taillights. I’m just not fan of the new design you can find on other Lamborghini models too (like Sián and SC20). I just don’t think they look as good and elegant as the ones you find on other Lamborghini models, even mass production ones like Huracan Evo or Aventador. Even the predecessing limited run models like Centario and SC20 have better rear lights.

The headlights aren’t bad but I feel like they could have been better too. They look decent but a bit bland. I guess it’s nice that the shape is similar to that of original Countach however the light design inside could have been more interesting, modern or flashier. Perhaps I’m wrong and they did right by not over-modernising them, but I’m certainly disappointed by taillights. And maybe by the fact that it doesn’t look as flashy as original Countach did when it came out too.

So what do you think of the new Countach? Is it worthy successor of the original?

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