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The Lancia Stratos is back!

By CheeJun on 10 Aug 2010

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Though we have never seen a Lancia on Singaporean roads before, nor heard the growl of the Stratos, I'm sure many car enthusiasts here know about the striking design which left an impression on many and some even dream of owning one. Well, a wealthy man who chose to remain anonymous, has decided to resurrect the lost soul. And now its back on the test track with a modern/retro design which some may love, or hate..

The one thing that made the Stratos so outstanding was the way it looked. It was compact, yet styled to look like something out of a ten year old's sketch book. It was mad, stylish and mesmerizingly pretty. This one however, looks a little odd. It doesn't have the charm of the original even though the basic shape is rather similar. The good thing though, is that both the original and the new Stratos share a Ferrari engine. The new one gets it power from a Ferrari F430 Scuderia and its chassis is from the Ferrari as well, but shortened to fit the small wheelbase of the Stratos.

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The sad thing is that because this project was started by that wealthy man, you won't be seeing it in mass production. Anyway, we will never get to see one, but for the rest of the world, there is still some hope as the car was seen at Fiat's test track near Milan which suggests Fiat's involvement in the production of the car and they may release limited edition models just like the 8C.

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Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.

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Vooth Aug 10 2010 11:14 AM
You are too young, there were Lancias on Sg roads before, ages ago...
Rigval Aug 10 2010 11:22 AM
yup, I would agree...I remember as clear as yesterday (although it was a good 18 or more! years back) a Lancia Delta HF turbo in canary yellow with SG plates belting it out on a Malaysian B road. Though not the all out rally legend the Delta Integrale (which was left hand drive so this HF Turbo WAS the next best thing), it was a bloody good memory to have.

There were other memories. But this was the best....aside from watching a Lancia Thema 8.32 cruising on the north south highway in the mid 1990s. the 8.32 uses a 3.2 liter v8 from a Ferrari 328 at the time and it actually sounds like one with the correct (or very aftermarket) exhaust system.
Hermitage Aug 10 2010 03:21 PM
Yep, there definitely were Lancias on our roads before so the first sentence of this story is already inaccurate. I drove one so I should know, even though it was only a humble Lancia Dedra 1.6 Saloon...
Auto_emocion Aug 10 2010 04:28 PM
We have all seen and sat in at least one Lancia. LOL
Seaweed Aug 10 2010 04:35 PM
i am not old...but i have seen lancia on the road...not now but definitely some 10 years ago...
Pocus Aug 11 2010 01:07 PM
Got lancia lah....Lancia Deltas were around in the 80s
Efbeeeye Aug 17 2010 07:38 AM
I used to own a Lancia Thema Turbo so what's the first statement about not having Lancia's in Singapore before?
Spoony Aug 18 2010 12:24 PM
how can i not remember the famous delta

Thedecemberone Aug 20 2010 06:31 PM
Obviously the writer wasn't born yet when Lancias were racing the streets of Singapore. Ha! ha! biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
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