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Originally introduced to the public (in 1970) as the Lancia Stratos Zero Concept car, the Lamborghini Countach prototype made its official debut during the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. A rear-mid engine and rear-wheel drive sports car, the Lamborghini Countach instantly popularized the cab forward design which moved the passenger compartment up to accommodate a larger rear-mounted engine and transmission.
Unlike most Lamborghini models, the Countach was not named after any of the famous fighting bulls of the day. Instead, the Lamborghini Countach was named after a workman who was making the locks for the car. He spoke no English and very little Italian. Being from the Piedmont region in the Northwest of Italy, he spoke only Piedmontese. The workman, who was small in stature with enormous hands, would often exclaim “contacc” which is a term of admiration or amazement in his native language. The engineers and designers became so fond of the little man and his dedication to the beautiful car that they adopted the term as an unofficial name. As they say, the name stuck. It was made official, and it is still called the Lamborghini Countach.
The V12 engine of the Lamborghini Countach would be longitudinally mounted (LP) in the rear of the vehicle. In breaking with the successful LP design of Ferrari P-Series Race Cars, the Lamborghini Countach placed the engine between the transmission and the differential. This would promote improved weight distribution and make shifting faster and easier.
Lamborghini Countach Specs
Early versions of the Lamborghini Countach were equipped with a 3.9-liter V12 engine. Output was estimated to be 370hp at 8,000 RPM. By 1982, cubic inch displacement for the Lamborghini Countach LP500S (V12) engine was 4.8-liters and maximum output was estimated to be 375hp in the base model. In 1985 the Lamborghini Countach LP5000 Quatrovalvole was born. It featured four-valves per cylinder in a 5.2-liter package capable of producing 449hp at 7,000 RPM.