Watch a Lamborghini Countach take on a Ferrari Testarossa in a duel that has been decades in the making.
Like Pepsi and Coke, Energizer and Duracell, or McDonald’s and Burger King, Lamborghini and Ferrari have been rivals since the very beginning of their automotive history. Strangely, we rarely got to see these carmakers settle many scores over the years by actually pitting their vehicles against one another. As though the stated rivalry was far more important than actually determining who made the better cars.
But now it’s 2019, and while that rivalry is certainly still there, their cars are much easier to come by. Hence how The Grand Tour got their hands on a Lamborghini Countach and a Ferrari Testarossa and put them on an airstrip for a drag race.
Despite being synonymous with the ‘80s, the Lamborghini Countach is actually a ‘70s car. Built from 1974 to 1990, the Countach is one of Lamborghini’s longest-running vehicles. It was upgraded many times over the years so it can be tricky to determine just what version of the Countach James May is sitting inside.
We’re likely looking at one of the later models, either the LP500 S or the LP5000 QV. Both came with big V12 engines, but the LP5000’s was bigger at 5.2-L instead of 4.8-L. It was also more powerful at 449 hp over the LP500’s 370 hp. Both had 5-speed manual transmissions sending power to the rear wheels.
The Ferrari Testarossa, on the other hand, was definitely born in the ‘80s. Those iconic side strakes and rear tail lights would inspire an entire generation of vehicles, and the Testarossa would star in such media as Miami Vice and the arcade game OutRun.
Under the hood was a 4.9-L flat 12-cylinder engine with 390 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty took 5.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 180 mph. A 5-speed manual once again delivers power to the rear wheels only.
Those numbers might not seem all that impressive today when a mid-range Mustang can beat them, but back in the day, they were the top of their class. The video shows how the two stacks up after all these years and finally gives us a winner.