Petrolheads all over the world often associate the Lancia brand with their iconic rally cars such as the Delta Integrale, 037 and the Stratos. Now, the company is but a shadow of its former self, having only one model for sale. However, fans of brand can rejoice as the Stratos will soon be making a come back, albeit without the Lancia badge, and not just as a one-off special.
It was back in 2010 when Italian coachbuider Manifattura Automobili Torino first introduced the New Stratos concept. The concept used a Ferrari F430 doner chassis and inherited most of the major components including the naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V8 engine and paddle-shift gearbox. However, plans for construction didn't push through as Ferrari was not too happy about their model being used as the backbones to resurrect the Stratos.
Fast forward to 2018 and Manifattura Automobili Torino together with New Stratos Gbr have announced that they will be building 25 units of the New Stratos. Each vehicle will be homologted for worldwide sale and will be spec'd to each customer's tastes and likings. Apart from the regular New Stratos, customers can also have it available as a Safari version or as a GT racer. Details however are still scarce.
Technical details are still scarce on the New Stratos. However the coachbuilder did announce that it now produces 550 PS together with having 'specially tuned suspension'. Design-wise, it still takes inspiration from the 1970s Lancia Stratos, even retains the giant door bins to hold a helmet.
More details of the New Stratos will be revealed at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show, where the vehicle will also make it's public debut.