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.