posted 5 years ago

The Lancia Stratos is Back

Great news. The mighty Lancia Stratos is back. Well, sort of.

Great news. The mighty Lancia Stratos is back. Well, sort of. At the moment gooey-eyed petrol heads can drool over a one-off special constructed, by Pininfarina, for a wealthy German businessman. This twenty-first century incarnation of the legendary rally racer is based on the Ferrari F430, so it has a thumping 4.3-litre V8 engine that produces a teeth shattering 532bhp. Performance is therefore rather 'brisk'.

This stunningly attractive road rocket has inevitably attracted various admiring glances, so there is now talk of a limited production run of roughly forty vehicles. These would be commissioned individually by hard-core Italian car lovers who have enough money to fill a bottomless pit. The total cost is likely to be in the region of 400,000 Euros, which includes 100,000 Euros for a 'donor' Ferrari. Expensive, but surely worth it.

The original Lancia Stratos won the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975, and finally in 1976. It represented a new era in rallying and was the first car specifically designed for this type of competition. Lancia also produced five-hundred road legal versions of this sporting legend, but these are now inevitably hard to find on the used market. Right then, best start saving for a new one.