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An electrified classic: The Lamborghini Countach reborn [WATCH]

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A legendary Lamborghini returned, fifty years after it was first introduced to the world in 1971. The Italian vehicle manufacturer debuted the Countach LPI 800-4, which is inspired by its namesake, which was arguably the world’s greatest sports car before it was discontinued in 1990, at the Pebble Beach Concours, a prestigious car show, on Friday, 13 August.

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Only 112 units of the Countach LPI 800-4 will be made, according to Lamborghini. The vehicle is a homage to the legendary Countach that first made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show fifty years ago, or as Lamborghini puts it – “inspired by the past, made for the future.”

“The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage to this Lamborghini legacy, but it is not retrospective: It imagines how the iconic Countach of the 70s and 80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade,” said Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann.

“It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, of exploring new design and technology avenues while celebrating our brand,” added Winkelmann.


Perhaps one of the most interesting features of the Countach is its high-powered hybrid engine. It utilises the same technology seen in the Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 – which is the world’s first super sports car that has a V12 engine and hybrid technology based on supercapacitors instead of a battery – Lamborghini says supercapacitor technology enables storage of 10 times more energy than a lithium-ion battery.

The vehicle’s 780 CV (574 kW) combustion engine delivers the manufacturer’s usual aspirated V12 excellence and its 34 CV electric motor enables a power-to-weight ratio of 1kg/CV for the electric system. Together, these motors produce 814 CV (599 kW) of power and enable a top speed of more than 350 km/h.


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