Where do you go when you feel like taking the Countach for a drive? Stuttgart?
No, it’s not so much fun in the city. I prefer taking it out into the Swabian Alb, driving down winding country roads at medium speed. The car also does great on the autobahn, it performs well under pressure. But I have to say that I haven’t pushed it to its limit. I’ve revved it up to 6,000 rpm, though it peaks at 7,500. According to my GPS, I hit 230 km/h, but the speedometer said 260. Back in the day, they used to be more generous in this regard. [laughs]
Do you see the characteristics of the Countach in any recent models?
If we’re honest, Lamborghini hasn’t made a new car since the Countach that has had a similarly formative impact on the brand. To me, the Miura is still the most beautiful car that has ever been designed. Interestingly, Lamborghini made a complete U-turn afterwards and presented another ultra-avantgarde vehicle, the Countach, right after that. In my garage, the two models are parked right next to each other, and every time I see them, I think: “I can’t believe it! They made these totally different cars one after the other. How badass were they back then?” In my opinion, the Aventador with its aspirated V12 engine is in the direct lineage of the Countach. And most likely it’s also the last of its kind: scissor doors, a longitudinally mounted V12 engine. It’s clearly still got the wedge shape, but it’s technically advanced. You can see all the details, including the air intakes, that you find in the Countach. The same is true for the Huracán, slightly adapted and with a ten-cylinder engine. Only the Urus doesn’t follow in the lineage. I honestly don’t see any resemblance at all. But I’m also not the SUV type and wouldn’t buy a Urus. It’s for a different clientele.