The Countach refresh that was lingering on the lips of every auto enthusiast in August last year has broken from the sanctity of a Concourse show and ventured out onto the open road. This time the Aventador based and retro designed LPI 800-4 was accompanied by two of its seniors; a 1974 Countach LP400 and the 1988 Countach 25th Anniversary.
The culmination of this gathering yielded a spectacular album of photos and a press video evoking passion and heritage. Despite this, original designer Gandini remains unimpressed by the new version of his original design. Raging bull aficionados still have the opportunity to drool over the new, all powerful hybrid Countach refresh which celebrates the models 50th birthday by sharing the spotlight with the first Countach LP 400 to roll off the production line and the last Countach 25th Anniversary model ever produced.
The hills of the Sant’Agata Bolognese commune in Bologna were alive with the sound of music. With three of the most iconic models produced at the Raging Bull factory down the road, each bore a unique V12 soundtrack that is unmistakably that of a Lamborghini.
The LP 400 with a 3.9-litre that could produce 276 kW 50 years ago while the Horacio Pagani re-styled 25th Anniversary model employed a slightly larger 5.2-litre that had 335 kW. Now the Countach refresh which is dubbed as one of the most powerful Lambos ever made has been equipped with a 6.5-litre electrified V12 engine that is good for 582 kW. A 48-volt electric motor is the reason there is an “I” in the LPI 800-4 nomenclature which simply stands for Ibrido or hybrid in Italian.
Despite how powerful and capable the new model is with its intelligent four-wheel drive system, a gated manual gearbox with no driver aids in a true classic still seems the more appealing option.
Delivery of all 112 examples planned for production will now commence after selling out before the car’s official public presentation so unfortunately the $1 – $3.5 million that is burning a hole in your pocket will have to stay there.