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Video: Lamborghini Countach LP800-4

Inspired by the past but made for the future, or so says Lamborghini about its ‘new’ Countach – Rory puts the theory to the test

Dan Trent

Words by: Dan Trent

Published on 1 September 2022 | 0 min read

The word icon gets bandied about a lot in the car world but few can actually live up to the description as powerfully as the Lamborghini Countach. First shown in 1971, it went into production in 1974 and was still making jaws drop all the way through the 1980s and to the final 25th Anniversary Edition at the end of the decade. Literally a poster car, the Countach was an essential adornment to bedroom walls for a generation of supercar fans and has had more than its share of infamous on-screen moments, ranging from Cannonball Run through to Wolf of Wall Street. The embodiment of 80s excess on wheels, a Countach still has the power to shock.
And now it’s back! For a company that typically looks to the future rather than its past the fact Lamborghini has reinvented the Countach for the modern age speaks to its significance. But, as even supercars embrace electrification, this perhaps seems as good a time as any to celebrate the past but look ahead to what’s coming. As Rory discovers, the new Countach LP800-4 does just that with its pairing of a snarling V12 petrol engine (as the original had) along with cutting edge, ‘super capacitor’ powered electric assistance. Because, let’s face it, Lamborghini was never going to follow the herd and go with a regular, battery-assisted form of hybrid drive, was it?
What is this tech and how does it work? Well, let Rory explain (and demonstrate!) but it’s an innovation Lamborghini developed for its Sián Roadster to give its already explosively powerful V12 petrol engines an extra burst of electrified acceleration on demand. In partnership with the 780 horsepower, 6.5-litre petrol engine it catapults the Countach LP800-4 from 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds and on to a top speed of just over 220mph. At the same time it adds just 35kg to the overall weight, which is far less than the hybrid systems used by Ferrari, McLaren and others in their latest supercars. It’s just so, well, Lamborghini!
So, buckle up for a ride to remember as Rory delves into Countach myth and legend to discover if this LP800-4 version is worthy of the name. And has a bit of a riff on one of those iconic movie moments in which the car has starred along the way. If you enjoy the video don’t forget to hit like, and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great content like this! Search for a Lamborghini Countach on Auto Trader