This is obviously the result of exhaustive research by someone with a great love for the Countach. A legend from the first time it was shown, many bold, even outrageous claims were made about this car over its lifespan. This book is a bit biased at times, but always with something to back it up. It starts out with the origins of Lamborghini and the famous V-12 that powered virtually all of the top line Lambos in one form or another for decades, with cutaway drawings of the chassis and rare photographs to boot.
Gearheads will love the compiliation of almost any data you could wish for covering all the major editions of the car----max speed in each gear, max rpm, TRUE top speeds, acceleration data broken down in 10-mph increments to very high speeds, even a full dynograph for the ultimate production Countach engine, the mighty 455 HP QV5000 spec V-12 (complete with 6 twin-choke Weber carbs and the most glorious sound ever!!)!
It includes well written comparisons of the Countach's contemporaries including the Ferrari Testarossa and F40, Porsche 959, Aston Martin Vantage, etc. The obvious and direct comparisons would of course be the Ferrari Boxer in the '70s and the Testarossa in the '80s, neither of which were said to be as rewarding to drive in anger as the Countach. The author had obvious disdain for the iconic, giant rear wing, which was much loved in the '80s for its Le Mans Group C look and may (or may not) have produced useful downforce, but certainly stole 15 mph top end, resulting in a few painful, sobering independent road tests vs the competition. It was particularly rewarding to hear the author describe how he personally timed a healthy wingless Euro QV5000 from the passenger seat at a two-way average of 190 mph, confirming what many have suspected but someone had to prove---the Countach in proper form was too much for the Testarossa!! It even has discussion of the Diablo, then an upcoming car of great promise, although now in hindsight we know it did not prove itself to be nearly as endearing as the Countach.
All in all the best book I have seen on the Countach, my only complaint is that there doesn't seem to be a large hardcover edition. A book of this quality deserves it, leatherbound even!