The Lamborghini Countach is perhaps one of the most recognizable cars in the world. That’s despite the fact that few people ever saw one in real life, due to its astronomical price. It seems like everyone had a poster of the car. And now it’s back! In hybrid form! You probably still can’t afford it.
The new model is fully dubbed the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4, which designates it as a hybrid vehicle with 802 horsepower, with a lengthwise-mounted powertrain, and four-wheel drive. Even as a hybrid, it should frankly all but fly. After all, it has a V12 6.5-liter engine and a 48-volt electric motor, which can work simultaneously.
What does that mean? Try zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds, and zero to 120 in less than nine seconds. Fast getup and go isn’t the only metric people care about, so naturally it can also do up to 221 miles per hour. We’re not saying you should outrun the police trying to ticket you for insane speeds, but you probably could. (Drive responsibly!)
This is a Lamborghini, of course, and it recalls the classic Countach name, so everything it does is a little extra. The company used a supercapacitor for the electric motor that it claims produces three times more power compared to a lithium-ion battery of the same weight. And Lamborghini mounted the electric motor to the gearbox to maintain the feeling of power transfer you get from the V12 engine.
On the outside, it resembles the classic Countach, but it’s not a carbon copy. Lamborghini says the design “is not retrospective” and that shows. The angles are less sharp, the nose is rounder, and the rear gentler. But squint a bit and you could mistake it for the 80’s classic found on nearly every post in every home.
Just don’t get your hopes up on buying one. Lamborghini says it’s only making 112 of them, and while it didn’t announce the price, we’re quite certain that just like the original it’ll be in the “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” territory.