This article is part of Style’s Luxury Column Lamborghini has always been a brand all about the extreme. And that makes it one of the most luxurious brands in the world. One of the most iconic cars of all time was the Lamborghini Miura, launched in 1966. For many, it is still one of the most spectacular sports cars ever made. The film where the cars outshine the stars – yes, it’s Fast and Furious 9 When the time came to develop a successor, Ferruccio Lamborghini’s brief was to develop a car that could boast the best possible performance. And not with just any form: it should be bold, uncompromising, an aesthetic and visual statement with advanced aerodynamics. The result was a head turner: the Countach, which made its public debut fifty years ago in 1971 at the Geneva International Motor Show and launched in 1974. 5 ways Bollygarch Gautam Singhania is living a crazy rich life The design was so radical that I remember standing in front of the car as a child and wondering how anyone could even fit into one. The car was unlike anything ever produced: futuristic, wild, sexy and testosterone-fuelled. It was the second masterpiece of Marcello Gandini of Bertone, who had also been responsible for the design of the Miura. He had toyed with the wedge-shaped design in a couple of prototypes and show cars, but the Countach was the first to introduce the boundary-breaking design to the automotive world. Rolexes to rare wine: Cristiano Ronaldo’s fabulous life Even the name bucked the usual trend. Symbolising astonishment in the local Piedmontese dialect, it was the only Lamborghini not named after an aspect of the world of bullfighting. In my view, never before was a car so radical, and never after. Even its successor, the Diablo, and modern-day Lamborghinis like the Aventador, although impressive in their own way, seem less radical. Such was the impact of the category-breaking Countach design. RHOBH star Erika Jayne’s 6 most outrageous purchases For the fiftieth anniversary, Lamborghini has now unveiled the new Countach, a limited edition of 112 units and a homage to the original project number LP112. And like its predecessor, it grabbed the attention of practically all the world’s media. Again, the car world is in awe. Is there a hypercar that boxer Floyd Mayweather doesn’t own? Often, sequels are less enticing than the original, but Lamborghini manages to break the pattern. The design is unequivocally inspired by the original 1970s car, but it still fits the 2020s – not an easy task to achieve. The engine, a 12-cylinder hybrid with a staggering 769bhp, growls in a way only a 12 cylinder can do, while an electric motor adds another 34bhp to the output: a glimpse into the future of hybrid and fully electric Lamborghinis. Why Bugatti’s sale marks the end of petrol cars The 2.8 second time to 100km/h may sound relatively sedate compared to Tesla’s Model S Plaid or Rimac’s claimed 1.85 seconds, yet acceleration is not everything. The total package will guarantee that the US$3 million supercar will make a mark in automotive history. Reviving the Countach was a clever move by Lamborghini, a move that could have gone wrong if the company had made compromises as so many other brands have done in reviving past icons. Instead, Lamborghini went all in and created a futuristic car once again. Consequently, CEO Stephan Winkelmann (also Bugatti’s CEO) was able to state that the new Countach is “not retrospective”. Rather, it’s a forward-looking, expressive celebration of the brand’s DNA. Meet Alice, the US$3m custom Bugatti supercar that’s oh-so-pretty in pink This is where other brands can and should learn. For a brand all about the extreme, and a project based on the “most extreme”, then anything other than an extreme statement would be ruining the brand story. Bravo Lamborghini! Extreme value creation at its best. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .