When you talk to old car guys, especially in America, they’ll always wax lyrical about the glory days of big, carbureted America muscle V8s and the way they sound. But a big-block Chevy’s got nothing on the sound of the 4.0 liter V12 with six(!) Weber carburetors from the Lamborghini Countach LP400 S.
In this video, we see that exact car and it’s glorious. The Countach is famous for being one of the most outrageous looking cars ever made, with massive wheel arches, a ridiculously large rear wing and a wedge shape that’s become so incredibly iconic. From the first turn of the key, we know we’re in for a treat, as viewers, because that 4.0 liter V12 pops and burbles to life with the most delicious of engine sounds. We spoke a while back about how the 4.2 liter V8 in the first-gen Audi R8 was one of the best sounding cars on the market. Well that 4.2 V8 sounds like a white noise compared with this monster V12. This is what car enthusiast’s dreams are made of.
The Countach was also famous for being one of the most difficult cars to drive. Everyone loved its looks than bordered on insanity, but most people didn’t enjoy the driving experience which did as well. The Countach’s steering is supposed to be very heavy, the clutch quad-workout inducing and the driving dynamics to be homicidal. Yet, in this video, we see the opposite.
Now, the boys from EVO were probably told to take it easy on this Countach, as this very car will be sold at auction quite soon, but it still managed to seem easy to drive. Richard Meaden is the lucky driver in the video and he even comment on how it’s not nearly as unforgiving as he thought it would be. Sure, the steering is heavy, so is the clutch and it’s not the most delicate of driving cars. But it’s no where near the manic levels people assume it to be.
This video is worth a watch if only for the noise that this glorious V12 makes. Check it out.