Road Tests Real world tests of Countach LP400S vs Testarossa

0-60mph

Top speed

Countach LP400S
170 mph
Testarossa
184 mph

0-100mph

Testarossa
11.6 s

1/4 mile

Testarossa
13.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Lamborghini Countach LP400S

Reasons to consider the
Lamborghini Countach LP400S

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Fewer cars built 237 vs 7,177 30.3x fewer instances built
Lighter curb weight 2,992 lb vs 3,608 lb More than 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of Ferrari Testarossa

Reasons to consider the
Ferrari Testarossa

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Faster in the quarter mile 13.4 s vs 14.6 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 60mph 5.2 s vs 5.9 s More than 10% faster to 60mph
More torque 355 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM vs 211 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM Around 70% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster top speed 184 mph vs 170 mph 14 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More expensive sticker price $181k vs $85k Around 2.2x more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 4,900 cc vs 3,900 cc More than 25% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Countach LP400S  vs
Testarossa 
Brand Lamborghini Ferrari
Price 85,000 181,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1978-1982 1984-1991
Number built 237 7,177

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.45 lb/hp 9.25 lb/hp
Maximum hp 354 HP @ 7,500 RPM 390 HP @ 6,300 RPM
Maximum torque 211 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM 355 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion rack&pinion

engine

Displacement 3,900 cc 4,900 cc
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10.5:1 9.3:1
Bore/stroke 3.23 in / 2.44 in 3.23 in / 3.07 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 2 4

road tests

Countach LP400S  vs
Testarossa 
Top speed 170 mph 184 mph
1/4 mile 14.6 s 13.4 s
0-60mph 5.9 s 5.2 s
0-100mph 14.4 s 11.6 s

transmission

Drivetrain Mid Engine / RWD Mid Engine / RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Gear ratios
1: 2.26:1
2: 1.77:1
3: 1.31:1
4: 0.99:1
5: 0.78:1
Axle ratio 4.09:1 3.21:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 12.17 in Disc
Rear brakes Disc 12.2 in Disc
Front wheels 381/? 216 406/? 16
Rear wheels 381/? 305 406/? 16

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,992 lb 3,608 lb
Width 78.7 in 77.8 in
Height 42.1 in 44.5 in
Length 163 in 176.6 in
Front track width 58.7 in 59.8 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in 100.4 in
Lamborghini Countach LP400S
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