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Lamborghini Aventador: Comparison against 1973 Lamborghini Countach

Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Countach

Very interesting comparison here of the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador and the 1973 Lamborghini Countach.

We’re blasting past the ancient Roman Colosseum at the wheel of a 1973 Lamborghini Countach, the original prototipo owned by the Museo Lamborghini — the most ancient Countach in the world. We’re part of a procession of 10 V12-powered Lamborghinis sweeping through these narrow streets while thousands cheer. And with us is the newest Lamborghini in the world: the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador.

Our little bit of performance art in Rome puts the Aventador in perspective. Lamborghini’s latest V12-powered exotic is a tribute to the latest technology, but it’s also part of a grand tradition that can be traced back from the Murciélago to the Diablo and thence to the original Countach.

Is the Aventador the real deal — a raging bull like the Countach that shocked the world so long ago? Or is it just an Audi-engineered concoction of frippery with scissor doors attached?

As we ponder the question, the sound of the Countach’s V12 echoes in the narrow streets of Rome.