The New Lamborghini Countach Is Poster-Worthy


Roomy suits are back. Hall + Oates are back. And so it makes sense that the Lamborghini Countach is back. Today Lamborghini took the wraps off a reimagined, modernized interpration of the nameplate. It’s almost as beautiful as the original. That’s not faint praise.

Thirty-one years ago, Lamborghini put to sleep its Countach, a supercar that was made from 1974 to 1990, but remembered mostly for its overwrought, cheesy Fat Elvis phase in the 80s. Those later years were a blur of wings and strakes and bulges (literally) glued onto the original shape. Here in 2021, Lamborghini could have hooked a car battery up to a pile of stomped-on coke in a Don Johnson wig, added some wheels, and given us all a momentary bump of retweetable nostalgia. Instead, and thank god, the design team chose to celebrate the original 1974 Countach’s truly mamma-mia design. 

An early Countach from the ’70s, in a flawless color.

This car, drawn by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design house, blew minds with—ironically—its simplicity. Planar surfaces (like a front end as flat as Lake Como) flowed into lines drawn with a caligrapher’s flair. The unbroken arc from nose to tail. The undulating hip line. A double-fluorish of a rear wheel arch. The design, it’s all wrist. 

Look at the new Countach LPI 800-4, and while are a few more hard angles—the wheel arches picked up Lamborghini’s modern obsession with hexagons—it’s clear the Gandini magic is still there. (As are the scissor doors, of course.)

Underneath the carbon-fiber skin is the hybrid system borrowed from Lamborghini’s Sian model: a big ol’ V-12 engine paired with a small electric motor. Together they make about 800 horsepower. If you’re desperate to know, it’ll do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and top out at 220 miles per hour. 

It wouldn’t be a Countach if it didn’t have louvres.

Hello my name is…

As with the original Countach, the majority of us will be enjoying the 2021 version in poster-form only. Lamborghini’s making just 112 of them, most of them likely spoken for by favorite clientele already. They’ll get to enjoy maybe the most restrained Lamborghini design in decades. Ideally in a white suit with shoulder pads. 

Father and son.



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