The Stratos is coming back, but it won’t be built by Lancia.
The ‘New Stratos’, as it has been dubbed, will be built by Manifattura Automobili Torino, or MAT, the crew in charge of the ridiculous Devel Sixteen.
The car is set to be officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.
Based on the Lancia in name and styling, the car will actually be Ferrari F430 Scuderia-based in terms of its mechanicals.
MAT says it will also carry a different brand name, likely just ‘New Stratos’, ditching the Lancia badge.
It’ll be powered by the Ferrari’s 4.3-litre V8, producing 397kW and more than 519Nm, while weighing just 1247kg.
It’s expected that it’ll be able to hit 100km/h in 3.3 seconds, and 200km/h in just 9.7. Top speed will be limited to 274km/h, the official specification document reveals.
Originally developed as a concept by German entrepreneur Michael Stoschek, the New Lancia has been uncertain until MAT took on the task of actually building it.
“I am delighted that other passionate car enthusiasts can experience how successor of the most fascinating rally car from the seventies still sets the bar for design and performance today,” Stoschek says.
While the original concept was built by Pininfarina, MAT’s CEO Paolo Garella says the production run of the New Stratos will be delivered with world-class refinement.
“To have the opportunity to build the New Stratos is a great honour and a recognition of the capabilities that MAT has acquired over the last few years.
“Now with the New Stratos we will deliver an extremely refined supercar that can be used every day but also deliver excitement and exhilarating fun on twisty roads.”