You know the car. Poster child, former of fantasies, stuff of mythos. Its name is an exclamation of surprise and astonishment in Piedmontese—imagine naming a car “damn!” It is the original supercar as we think of one today, perhaps stylist Marcello Gandini’s finest work, and certainly the one that defines his legacy. For as long as the Lamborghini Countach was built—and it was a full 16 years, arguably too long—the doorstop-shaped jaw-dropper never lost the impact it had on every eye in the vicinity.
The Diablo that replaced it may have been a superior-driving car, but it was no Countach. In fact, with such an iconic original, it’d take a deft hand to revive it successfully, to risk something that wouldn’t live up to the legend of the original. Lamborghini is doing just that.
As you can see in the teaser video and the one misty image of a shrouded wedge shape, it seems like a serious attempt at reinterpretation—not recreation. Insiders have told us that the name will be Lamborghini Countach LP800-4, a vehicle sharing its underpinnings with the Aventador and making 789 hp. The price? $3.5 million, per our sources.
The roofline isn’t nearly as low or flat as the original, something that probably isn’t even possible given modern safety requirements. But the long tail, with its dramatic cut back towards the rear wheels, means this could be nothing other than a Countach—reimagined, sure, but unmistakable. Consider the way that the new Alpine A110 remixes the vibe of the original car; it could be nothing else, but it’s no slavish
The far-off shot of the car on a flat expanse of dirt reveals little except an angular windshield that also emulates, but doesn’t copy, the original. The headlights are on, but are they pop-ups or flush pieces that will emulate the look of the turn signal housings on the LP cars? Do the sounds of an original Countach blaring through burning speakers mean this new Countach will burn fossil fuels, or will it burn down the old paradigm and introduce electrified propulsion through a revival of its most famous model ever? Or is this merely a low-production or one-off coachbuilt special?
We’ll know at some point, possibly even sometime this week as the Monterey Car Week kicks off with the hoopla around the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in northern California. But for now, we’re just waiting to see it, and wondering what exclamation of awe will pop out of our mouth when it does.