The new Lamborghini Countach has made a dramatic debut on public roads after wowing crowds at Pebble Beach last August.
The hybrid supercar, made to honor the 50th anniversary of the original Countach, ripped through the Italian countryside with two of its formative predecessors in tow: the first Countach LP 400 to roll off the assembly line and the last Countach 25th Anniversary model ever produced.
Aside from the sheer spectacle, the trio’s ride featured the iconic Raging Bull’s evolution from an angular ’80s rides to a futuristic four-wheeler. The commemorative edition is officially known as the Countach LPI 800-4, and you can deduce a lot from that name.
The letter “LP” refers to the power plant’s Longitudinale Posteriore orientation; in other words, the mill is parallel to the length of the car and near the back. The letter “I” stands for Ibrido, which means “hybrid” in Italian. The “800” refers to the car’s expected output of 800 hp, while the “4” indicates four-wheel drive.
The latest iteration borrows design cues from previous models. It has the signature Periscopio lines, such as those that flare from the roof toward the back. Nonetheless, the car has its own contemporary identity, as well as a powertrain that differs it from other Countachs.
The hybrid, which has a monocoque chassis and carbon-fiber body panels, is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 with 780 hp and a 48-volt electric motor on the gearbox that can produce an additional 34 hp. It also has a seven-speed ISR transmission and a supercapacitor that provides three times the power of an equal-weight lithium-ion battery. According to the manufacturer, the 3,516-pound (dry weight) car can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach 221 mph at full tilt.
The LPI 800-4 will be produced in a limited quantity of 112 units. (Another nod to the Countach from the previous century, which Lamborghini nicknamed “LP 112” during development.) Each is priced at $2.64 million, each one has already been presold, and the automaker expects deliveries will begin in the first quarter of next year. At least we already know it looks good on the road.