Lamborghini Countach: Classic name confirmed for new car

The Lamborghini Countach is making a return, and it will likely pair a V12 engine with electric motors for a limited production run.

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The Lamborghini Countach is making a comeback in time for its 50th birthday.

The new Countach is expected to be revealed at Monterey Car Week, which ends this weekend with The Quail and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

There’s not much to be gleaned from the teaser revealed overnight except that the new car will have the original’s low-slung wedge shape. 

Accompanying the teaser image on Instagram, the company wrote: “Countach was born from a dream. A dream to push the limits of speed, to envision a new type of design, and to create a Super Sports Car like no other.

“And now, 50 years later, the new Lamborghini Countach is coming. Stay tuned!”

Although the Countach went into production in 1974, the first prototype was displayed at the 1971 Geneva motor show.

Like the original, the Countach is expected to be powered by a V12 engine, although this time around it will be assisted by electric motors.

Leaked info from the company’s customer-only Unica app claims the supercar’s full name will be Countach LPI 800-4. As we’ve learnt from the Asterion concept, LPI stands for “longitudinale posteriore ibrido” or rear longitudinal hybrid.

The rest of the name indicates the car will have around 800PS or 588kW, and will come with all-wheel drive.

If true, the Countach will outmuscle the recently revealed Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae.

The Ultimae needs just 2.8 seconds to hit 100km/h, 8.7 seconds to cross the 200km/h mark, and has a maximum speed of 355km/h.

The app leak has also given us a glimpse of the vertical slats behind the side windows.

It’s expected the Countach will be a limited edition model. Depending on which rumour you believe, it might have a price tag in the millions or the production run may be limited to 112 cars in honour of the original car’s LP112 development code.

With its V12 drivetrain, the new Countach will more than likely be based on the Aventador’s mid-engine platform.

The original Countach was built between 1974 and 1990.

It started life with a 276kW 3.9-litre V12 and ended its run with a 5.2-litre V12 making around 335kW when fitted with six carburetors.

MORE: Everything Lamborghini Aventador

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