And that despite the fact that the original Countach set the bar for sound at Lamborghini back in the 1970s.
Right. When I drove my old Countach somewhere, people would literally be struck silent with shock. They just couldn’t wrap their heads around it. Not to mention the avant-garde look, which still holds true today.
Does the new Countach handle like the original?
Thankfully, no. Though that’s partly due to my personal dilemma with old Italian sports cars: I simply don’t fit in them. But I do fit in the new one. Otherwise, you might be reminded of the old Countach when looking out through the flat windshield. There’s also the sound of the V12. But beyond that I don’t find any similarities.
You picked up the car directly in Sant’Agata Bolognese yourself, didn’t you?
Yes, together with my daughter. I drove it straight home. It was the only Countach LP 800 that was driven straight off the Lamborghini lot. That was quite an event. They actually stood in line and applauded.
What was the drive home like?
Amazing! Of course, there’s no way I can drive slowly in a car like that, so I asked around how strict they are down there in Italy with the speed limit. And they told me I shouldn’t worry about that in a Lamborghini. The police would stop me, but only to look at the car. Besides, the car was new, and you don’t run a new car at full throttle right away. You have to let the car warm up, and you have to get to know the car a bit first, so you push it to 180 km/h or 230 km/h tops, which doesn’t stress the engine at all.
How many times did they pull you over?
How about in Austria or Switzerland?
We didn’t go through Switzerland. I can’t stand driving there. We drove through Austria, and I knew I had to pull myself together there as well. So I drove 120 km/h where actually only 100 is allowed. Absolutely no traffic. Three free lanes on the Brenner Autobahn. At some point a Škoda station wagon drove up behind us and began filming us. At first I thought nothing of it, then suddenly (…)