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The new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 represents a rare example of the Italian company reimagining one of its iconic models. The Miura, shown at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles in 2006, was re-imagined, but remained a concept car. The new Countach, which was unveiled in Italy and will be sold to the public on August 13 at The Quail Motorsports gathering in Carmel, Calif., version 112 only, with the first cars being delivered in the first quarter of next year. A price has not been announced.
Mitja Borkert is head of design at Lamborghini, and he oversaw the restyling of the Countach. Borkert tells penta, “We are celebrating the 50th birthday of the Countach, which was introduced in 1971, and 50 years of the DNA designed by all of our cars since then. The LPI 800-4 is not just a retro design – it There is a car that stands out as futuristic and timeless.”
For the new model, Lamborghini incorporated a single center line, slim frontal grille, hexagonal wheel openings, and side air intakes, as well as other design features from three Countach models: the initial LP400, LP500, and four-valve-per-cylinder. Quattrovalvol.
A countach constant, of course, is the “scissors” doors.
The Countach tends to be more valuable to earlier collectors, and the “periscope” LP400 (so named for its periscope-like rear-view mirror) is particularly prized for its clean, streamlined lines. That car was featured on a dorm room wall poster, and only 158 were made. On the LPI 800-4, the ceiling design salutes the periscope with the use of photo-chromatic technology (capable of clearing from solids instantly with the push of a button).
The new car reverts to the LP400, and is immediately recognizable as the Countach. But it has a more rounded, modern look.
“We wanted it to be less cluttered,” Borkert says. “Some of the later Countach cars were very busy. We gave the new car a more human shape, making it more sexist in terms of surfacing like the first cars.”
Note the absence of a massive rear wing, as seen on versions like the LP5000 QV.
The new carbon-fibre-bodied Countach is a hybrid, with a 6.5-litre V12 engine combined with a 48-volt electric motor. Mechanicals are similar to the Cyan, and it is not Lamborghini’s first electrified car. Together the two motors produce 802 horsepower. The Countach can reach 62 mph and top 220 mph in 2.8 seconds. Acceleration is helped by a dry weight of just 3,516 pounds.
The Quail show car had a red and black leather interior with geometric stitching, but there will be other variants, as there are many exterior colors. The Countach gains 1980s style from carbon ceramic brake discs and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires on 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) “telephone-style” wheels. The 8.4-inch HDMI center touchscreen can use Apple CarPlay, but there’s more music coming from that V12 engine.
Borkert is a German, originally from East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He said that he was determined to become a designer of cars and motorcycles from the age of 7. The great designs of the world were out of his reach as a child, although he ate Hungarian car magazines with hunger. And he shaped the models and painted them in his father’s garage. Borkert has been Design Director at Lamborghini since 2016. Prior to this he was at Porsche, where he worked on cars such as the Cayenne, Macan and the Mission-E electric car (which became the Taycan).
In designing the EVs of the future for Lamborghini, he says, “we have to be completely different, and combine Lamborghini madness with an electric powertrain.” He points to 2017 work on the Terzo Millenio, an electric prototype built with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
The goal of everything that styles the Centro, Borkert says, “is to create something cool, beautiful and timeless for mankind – cars that will never go away.”