Italian auto manufacturer Lancia was founded by Fiat racing drivers Vincenzo Lancia and Claudio Fogolin back in 1906. Originally known as Lancia & C. Fabbrica Automobili, Lancia quickly became a major player in the Italian auto industry producing some the world’s prettiest cars in the process. When we say “some of the world’s prettiest cars” we really do mean pretty, after all Lancia were responsible for cars like the Aurelia, the Fulvia, the Delta HF Integrale and of course the Ferrari powered Stratos.
The Lancia Stratos was designed by Marcello Gandini while at Bertone, and it was presented to the world in prototype form at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. The Lancia Stratos prototype featured three different engines which included the Lancia Fulvia engine, the Lancia Beta engine and the Ferrari Dino V6 engine which was used by Lancia to power the production Stratos model, and it produced 190 hp (142 kW) in road form. Production of the Lancia Stratos began in 1973 and continued until 1978 and in that period Lancia managed to produce just 492 examples. As a result of this, the Lancia Stratos is a highly desirable vehicle today and if you want one it will not come cheap.
However all hope is not lost because now, forty-six years after production of the original Lancia Stratos began there is a new version available and it looks absolutely stunning. This is it, what you are looking at is the new Stratos and it is the work of Manifattura Automobili Torino. As expected, the new Stratos is a modern day take on the original therefore it shares quite a few styling elements with the original Lancia Stratos, which is not at all a bad thing.
However, despite it’s striking new body, the new Stratos is not an all new car and that is because it is based on an old Ferrari. Yes, the new Stratos is based on the Ferrari F430, while its engine comes from the hardcore Ferrari F430 Scuderia and as a result, it is powered by a 4.3 litre, naturally aspirated V8 engine which has an overall power output of 540 hp and 519 Nm of torque. Unfortunately no performance figures were available at the time of writing this article, however we can expect the new Stratos to have an overall top speed in excess of 310 km/h.
According Manifattura Automobili Torino, the new Stratos will feature a manual transmission which is unusual considering that the Ferrari F430 Scuderia was never offered with a manual transmission. That got us thinking, has Manifattura Automobili Torino developed an all new manual transmission in house, or will they source it from another auto manufacturer? However, the standard Ferrari F430 was offered with a manual transmission, so will Manifattura Automobili Torino adapt the standard F430 transmission to work with the F430 Scuderia engine?
As the new Stratos is based on the Ferrari F430 and F430 Scuderia, it features a few interior parts from these vehicles. However, the interior of the new Stratos looks nothing like that of the Ferrari F430 and F430 Scuderia and it even features a retro-inspired instrument cluster which resembles that of the original Lancia Stratos. According to Manifattura Automobili Torino, the new Stratos will be making an appearance at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March. In fact, Manifattura Automobili Torino will be showing off the first two production examples of the new Stratos, with the first heading to Germany and the second heading to the United States of America after the show ends.
Manifattura Automobili Torino chief executive Paolo Garella had the following to say: “Geneva has always been the place representing the heart and spirit of the automotive industry; to attend as MAT for the second year in a row is a statement of our determination and will to carry on with this adventure and a recognition of the quality of our products. To be able to present our production models of the New Stratos is something special: we are confident of the quality that we have achieved, and we are proud to show it to the world from this stage.”
I absolutely love the new Stratos, but there is some bad news. According to Manifattura Automobili Torino the new Stratos will be built in extremely limited numbers, in fact just 25 examples will ever be produced. If you are interested in purchasing a new Stratos, you will have to source a Ferrari F430 or F430 Scuderia donor car or Manifattura Automobili Torino can source one for you. However, it doesn’t end there because Manifattura Automobili Torino requires around a further £430,000 to turn your F430 donor car into a new Stratos, therefore all in the new Stratos will cost you around half a million which is an eye watering amount of money.