Sometimes It is Better To Celebrate The Past Than To Recreate It…
It isn’t new the 2021 Lamborghini Countach. It’s a limited edition coach-built one of kind Aventador re-designed and re-developed to mimic a 1980s Lamborghini Countach. Its sole purpose is to appeal to a by-gone era, to those children who adorned their bedroom walls with Countach posters. Now some of those children have built successful careers, post Tik Tok videos and a limited few have become tech multi-millionaires. The latter will become the primary buying market for this resurrected ghost of Chirstmas poster past. The Countach lives on in every Lamborghini made after it. The exception being the Urus. From the Diablo, Murcielago to the Aventador, the Countach DNA is firmly written into Lamborghini’s modern design language and supercar performance heritage.
However, I can not help but feel that the 2021 Countach is like a manikin dressed in retro designer attire. And then proudly placed in the shop window to entice passing interest. But this is 2021 and retail stores are in decline. Everything is moving online. The bedroom wall poster is now replaced with a personalised smartphone wallpaper. What Lamborghini have done with this clebratory Countach is to dress an Aventador in retro designer gear. It is an automotive mankin. And it doesn’t work. The B-pillar is pure Aventador, for sure the body has been re-made and incorporates Countach design styling, but… hmmm. It just doesn’t work for me.
The original Lamborghini Countach, there was nothing like it back in the day. It looked like the future was going to be angular and exciting. The Countach fought off many other cars for bedroom wall poster space. But the 2021 Countach revisited, doesn’t work. It is technically superior in every way thanks to advances in engineering, and the naturally aspirated V12 which is supplemented by what is essentially an electric turbocharger.
And the ride and handling is going to be dynamically better. The 2021 Lamborghini Countach is better in every way than the originator, and way more expensive. The 112 limited edition models will cost over $1m per unit. Perhaps it is better to understand this retro trance by assuming the 2021 Countach is a final farewell design and engineering decision to the orginator before the move to fully electric capable Lamborghinis.
But the retro Countach styling glued onto an Aventador body just seems like a gimmick. It isn’t glued on, it’s totally bespoke coach-work, of course, and it will go on to become a collectors item because rich people need to write off their taxes somehow. But visually it just doesn’t work and it is my regrettable duty to say, the new Lamborghini Aventador Countach is the worst car of the week.