Lamborghini Countach makes super fast comeback as V12, electric hybrid

The new model will be a limited edition, with only 112 cars made.
The new model will be a limited edition, with only 112 cars made. Photo credit: Supplied / Lamborghini

For people of a certain age the Lamborghini Countach, with its scissor doors and sleek look, will bring back memories of childhood posters and maybe even the Cannonball Run movie.

It was first produced in 1974 and powered by a V12 that pulled anywhere from 370 to 449 horsepower (hp) depending on the model, but was phased out in 1990 in favour of the Diablo.

A special edition, launched for the company's 25th anniversary in 1998, accelerated from 0 - 100km/h in just over 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 295km/h; but a new version is going to leave that classic in the dust.

Lamborghini has announced the Countach is making a comeback and this time it's going to be a hybrid with a 6.5l V12 engine supported with a 48-volt electric motor.

That's going to give it a total of 803 hp (770 hp from the V12, 34 from the electric motor) and a top speed of 355 km/h. It'll hit the 100km/h mark in just 2.8 seconds.

The Countach LPI 800-4 is a limited edition production supercar with only 112 cars set to be made, a reference to the original LP 112 project name used during the original's production.

Lamborghini Countach
Photo credit: Supplied / Lamborghini

"It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, of exploring new design and technology avenues while celebrating the DNA of our brand."

The Countach's electric motor is mounted directly to the gearbox and the supercapacitor will deliver three times more power compared to a lithium-ion battery of the same size, the company says.

The outside of the new Countach has more curves than the angular original and inside is going to continue that modern theme, with a 8.4 inch control touchscreen.

Lamborghini Countach
Photo credit: Supplied / Lamborghini

Deliveries of the new car are expected to begin in the early parts of 2022 - but the price remains undisclosed, so those hoping to save up their hard-earned cash will need to wait to find out how much it's going to cost them.