A legendary name in supercar history returns in the form of the retro-inspired, limited-edition 2022 Lamborghini Countach. While it’s essentially a re-bodied Aventador with the heart and soul of a Sián, the Italian automaker did an incredible job recreating the original’s iconic design for modern audiences. The reinvented wedge lacks the original’s pop-up headlights and the massive rear wing that adorned it in its twilight years, but the trademark hexagonal wheel arches and scissor doors are both present. Unlike the old Countach, the new one features a small electric motor powered by a supercapacitor that teams with a mighty mid-mounted V-12 to generate a combined 802 horsepower. Lamborghini claims this powertrain will help it achieve zero-to-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and a 221-mph top speed. Before anyone texts, their Swiss banker about a seven-figure wire transfer, all 112 copies of the 2022 Countach have already been spoken for.
What’s New for 2022?
Lamborghini resurrects the Countach name and likeness for the 2022 model year. While it’s a homologation of the brand’s other hypercars, it’s a surprisingly faithful recreation of the original. It’ll also be sold in very limited quantities, much like the wildly styled Sian.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Underneath the Countach’s retro bodywork, which is made of lightweight carbon fiber, is a modern powertrain. Mounted in the middle of the car is an electrically assisted 6.5-liter V-12. A small electric motor draws power from a supercapacitor and combines it with a big gas engine to produce 802 total horsepower. This is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed automated manual transmission. Considering that the Countach allegedly weighs 3516 pounds dry the company’s claims that it’ll go from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach 124 mph in 8.4 seconds don’t seem outlandish. Lamborghini also says it has a top speed of 221 mph. Every Countach rides on 20-inch wheels in front and 21-inches outback. Thanks to standard rear-wheel steering, the exotic coupe shouldn’t be too hard to maneuver in tight spots. And if the driver encounters any speed bumps, there’s a front-axle-lift system that’s included to protect the car’s expensive chin.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
While the Countach’s exterior bears an uncanny resemblance to its ancestor, today’s version has a decidedly more modern interior. The only notable back-to-the-future feature is the red-and-black interior of the version that Lamborghini debuted to the world. Otherwise, its two-seat cockpit is similar to what’s seen inside other contemporary Lambos. There’s a fully digital gauge cluster, a buttonless steering wheel that’s backed by giant paddle shifters, and a slab of switches and other controls on the center console. While the Countach’s cabin can be customized to each customer’s liking, there isn’t a way to address its lack of cubby storage.