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1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

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Lamborghini introduced a sports car dubbed the Miura in the early 1960s and its stellar performance and equally impressive design resulted in it being the first supercar. It had a mid-engine two-seat layout which would become the standard for high-performance sports and supercars. The iconic, high-velocity Miura coupe was always going to be a hard act to follow, but nobody expected its successor would eclipse the 1960s supercar to the degree that the Countach achieved. Its styling, like its predecessor, was courtesy of Bertone's Marcello Gandini with design inspiration sourced from the Lancia Stratos Zero concept the year before. The Countach was given an angular wedge with crisp lines and dramatic angles. Introduction in 1971 at the Geneva Salon, the production version would follow two years later, with deliveries commencing in 1974.

The Lamborghini Countach was given the Miura's four-cam V-12 engine installed longitudinally behind the cabin. Designer Paolo Stanzani placed the five-speed gearbox ahead of the engine between the seats, and the differential – driven by a shaft passing through the sump – at the rear. This setup gave the supercar optimum weight distribution, better balance, and gearchange. The prototype used a 5.0-liter engine, while the spaceframe chassis of the production version was equipped with a 4.0-liter vehicle. The 370 horsepower engine gave the lightweight Countach a top speed of 170 miles per hour.

The LP400S of 1978 was the first upgrade to appear, bringing with it flared wheel arches to accommodate large 345mm rear tires for increased stability and grip. An optional rear aerofoil became available and proved popular with most buyers.

The Countach was finally available for the United States market with the arrival of the 'emissions friendly' LP500S in 1982. The updated 4,754cc produced a similar horsepower output to its predecessors but enjoyed a welcome boost in torque.

In 1985, Lamborghini introduced the final version of the Countach. It came equipped with a 48-valve (four per cylinder) version of the V12 engine, had a displacement size of 5167cc, and offered 455 (DIN) horsepower. In US form, the engine offered 420 (SAE) horsepower and was capable of a 186 mph top speed.

The 5000 Quattrovalvole would remain in production through 1989 and was priced at approximately $100,000. In 1989, an Anniversary Countach (in celebration of the 25th birthday of the company) became available for the cost of $145,000. It had a re-shaped hood air intake grilles, large flared wheel wells, re-styled front air dam, a one-piece rear bumper, and front and side skirting.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2013

Related Reading : Lamborghini Countach History

The Lamborghini Countach was the predecessor to the very successful Miura, and it wore a body designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, with exotic mid-engine layout in a two-door coupe configuration. It featured an attractive, wedge-shaped, and angular body with elegant lines and fitted with modern mechanical components and technology. The engine was mounted longitudinally and replaced the transverse....
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1988 Vehicle Profiles

1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: ZA9CA05A8JLA12322

1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: ZA9CA05A4JLA12214

1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Bertone

Chassis Num: ZA9CA05A2JLA12218

Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$8,120-$100,050
1988 Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole
$100,050-$300,000
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole Base Price : $100,050

Other 1988 Lamborghini Models

Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
96.50 in.
12 cyl., 290.30 CID., 375.00hp
12 cyl., 315.31 CID., 455.00hp
12 cyl., 315.31 CID., 455.00hp
96.50 in.
12 cyl., 315.31 CID., 455.00hp
98.40 in.
12 cyl., 315.31 CID., 449.00hp
98.40 in.
12 cyl., 315.31 CID., 455.00hp
$100,050 - $100,050

Industry Production

#1#2#3Lamborghini
1993Ford (1,026,338)Chevrolet (692,116)Honda (608,149)215
1992Ford (922,488)Honda (648,745)Chevrolet (647,227)166
1991Ford (1,162,256)Chevrolet (895,569)Honda (659,659)673
1990Ford (912,466)Chevrolet (785,918)Pontiac (641,820)
1989Chevrolet (1,275,498)Ford (1,234,954)Pontiac (801,600)
1988Ford (1,331,489)Chevrolet (1,236,316)Pontiac (680,714)
1987Nissan (1,803,924)Chevrolet (1,384,214)Ford (1,176,775)
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)353
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)

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