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8: Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

The ultimate Countach was delivered over a decade after its original launch, thanks to Alfieri's clever four-valve heads.

Lamborghini Countach QV (Picture: Kev Emslie)

Lamborghini Countach QV (Picture: Kev Emslie)

1985 – 182mph

By the mid-Eighties, the war of super-fast cars was well under way; much as the Porsche 959 was recorded to hit 197mph with its four-wheel drive, twin-turbo flat six engine and advanced Teutonic technology, the Italians were right up there with the Ferrari F40 (201mph), its successor 288 GTO (188mph) and the Testarossa (180mph) – all with turbocharged engines.

One car, however, was capable of over 180mph with a naturally aspirated V12 engine: the sensually beautiful Countach in its ultimate guise, the LP (Longitudinale Posteriore) 5000 (5.2 L instead of the original, Miura-derived 4.0 L) QV (Quattro valvole) had a racing car structure, made in aluminium with a tubular spaceframe, weighed as much as the current VW Passat and was the culmination of over ten years of Lamborghini’s tweaks and improvements over the first LP500 prototype (1971).

The Countach would reach 182mph, but the magic 200mph was only achieved with its successor, the equally extreme Lamborghini Diablo.  

Rivals:

Ferrari Testarossa
Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

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1 Comment

Correction

The Testarossa was not turbocharged. It has a naturally aspirated flat twelve.

By mac47 on 21 April, 2011, 5:11pm

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