The original Countach, first introduced by Lamborghini 50 years ago, was lauded for its bold and daring design. It’s a legendary performer on the track and has long been considered one of the greatest sports cars of all time.
So when Lamborghini announced it was reviving the classic Countach for a limited edition run,
fans were excited to see it. Lamborghini will build 112 Countach LPI 800-4s, priced at $2.64-million each.
Following the unveiling, however, a few dissenting opinions began to pop up. It was kind of like the original Countach, but blander. Gone, for example, are the iconic pop-up headlights of the ’70s and ‘80s models.
Once the specs were revealed, critics were unimpressed too. The new Countach isn’t a radical reinvention of an already bold classic, it’s a rehashing of the Lamborghini Sián with a retro body kit.
Despite this, all of the planned Countach LPI 800-4s have already sold out, with wealthy drivers happy to stump up the cash for a limited-edition Lambo, even if critics are calling it a cash grab.
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New Lamborghini Countach gets an underwhelming response
The initial announcement to confirm development of the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 got people talking. Many fans of the Italian car giant were surprised, as Lamborghini had previously said they are a forward-looking company with little interest in reworking old models.
Getting around this, Lamborghini’s marketing team used the contradictory slogan "Future is our legacy" for the unveiling, but the response from fans and critics was overwhelmingly negative.
, they accused Lamborghini of trying to make a quick buck by simply covering the Lamborghini Sián with a new body. The Sián itself is already a reworking of the Lamborghini Aventador, but like the new Countach, it costs five times more to buy.
The original Countach was a show stopper, but the new model looks like every other Lamborghini in the last 20 years. It is getting criticised for being safe and soulless, the polar opposite of its namesake.
Still, it appears Lamborghini will have the last laugh, as even though their latest supercar is a simple remodel of an existing chassis, the limited production and "Countach" name convinced 112 rich people to part with a lot of cash.
From unveiling to selling out, the Countach LPI 800-4 made Lamborghini $295,680,000 in less than three days.
The Countach LPI 800-4 has a 6.5-liter V-12 engine behind the cabin, capable of producing 574 kW (770 hp), and a 48-volt electric motor attached to the gearbox, which produces an additional 25 kW (34 hp).
Combined, this setup pushes a hearty 802 hp to all four wheels and allows for blistering speed. Lamorghini claims the car is capable of 0–62 mph acceleration in 2.8 seconds, 0–124 mph in 8.6 seconds, and a top speed of 221 mph.
It is an impressive set up, but anything claiming to be the heir to the original Countach was always going to elicit a passionate response from fans.
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