Road Tests Real world tests of Countach LP5000 QV vs LP400 ‘Periscopo’

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

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Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

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Faster in the quarter mile 13 s vs 14.4 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 10.4 s vs 13.3 s More than 20% faster to 100mph
More torque 370 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM vs 266 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM Around 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 449 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 375 HP @ 8,000 RPM Around 20% stronger engine
Bigger engine 5,200 cc vs 3,929 cc More than 30% bigger engine
Front view of Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopo’

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Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopo’

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Slightly lighter curb weight 3,020 lb vs 3,278 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Countach LP5000 QV  vs
LP400 ‘Periscopo’ 
Brand Lamborghini Lamborghini
Price 118,000 52,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 1985-1988 1974-1978
Highest auction price 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole Downdraft, $110k, August 2009 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 "Periscopo", $303k, October 2010
Number built 610 157

design

Chief designer Marcello Gandini Marcello Gandini
Body style Coupe Coupe

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 5
Gear ratios
1: 2.23:1
2: 1.63:1
3: 1.09:1
4: 0.86:1
5: 0.71:1
Axle ratio 4.09:1 4.09:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 381/? 216 356/? 191
Rear wheels 381/? 305 356/? 241

road tests

Countach LP5000 QV  vs
LP400 ‘Periscopo’ 
Top speed 184 mph 180 mph
1/4 mile 13 s 14.4 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 6.8 s
0-100mph 10.4 s 13.3 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.3 lb/hp 8.05 lb/hp
Maximum hp 449 HP @ 7,000 RPM 375 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 370 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM 266 ft-lb @ 5,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,200 cc 3,929 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8:1 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.37 in / 2.95 in 3.23 in / 2.44 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 2

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,278 lb 3,020 lb
Width 78.7 in 74.4 in
Height 42.1 in 42.1 in
Length 166.9 in 163 in
Front track width 60.4 in 59.1 in
Wheelbase 98.4 in 96.5 in
Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
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