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Top Gear brings the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 on the Stelvio pass

Top Gear brings the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 on the Stelvio pass

The press surrounding the new Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 was louder and more fiery than the exhausts responsible for channeling spent fuel from its raw V12 powertrain. One thing we haven’t seen much of is independent testing of the supercar. Fortunately, the folks at Top Gear have changed that by including the world-famous Stelvio Pass in one of 112 copies.

Known as one of the most breathtaking roads on the face of the earth, the Stelvio Pass may be better suited to cyclists testing their legs than a super low-powered supercar. Top Gear’s Ollie Marriage rightly points out in the movie below that, quite frankly, the pass wasn’t meant to have modern traffic on as it is.

Rising to a maximum elevation of 9,045 feet (2,757 m), the road is long enough that different elevations have dramatically different surface conditions. In fact, Marriage points out that the lower part is mainly pockmarked and broken at points. Those conditions suit the Countach pretty well, but things change a bit as it gets smoother.

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The slower, more broken sections of road give the big bull time to take the bumps without any problem. Once the road opens up and each stretch of straight tarmac ends in a hairpin bend, things change drastically. The Countach is so low that Marriage has to constantly gauge whether he will have to use the lift axle system to get the car through the bend without scraping it.

Of course, as he sails to the next hairpin, the axle lift will automatically go back down, so he has to repeat the process at every corner. That is not the only problem, however. Since the Countach is based on the Aventador, it shares the same single-clutch automated manual transmission.

At full throttle, it’s a delight as it offers more theater than a dual clutch would. On the Stelvio, it’s a different story. Sweeping corners results in a lower RPM than the transmission would like, so very little power is available until it comes down and gets going. Those aren’t the only issues, either, and Marriage notes, “If you were going to pick holes, you could pick quite a lot in this car.”

But to define the Countach by its decade-old chassis or its ability to climb an imperfect mountain pass at breakneck speed would be missing the point, says Marriage. This car is all about theater and climbing such a breathtaking mountain pass is quite an experience.