We’ve heard this one before; Lancia may or may not be working on a new version of their legendary Stratos model. If these photos taken at the Fiat Group test track at Balocco near Milan are indicative of the Stratos’ future then, this time, the rumors may be true.

The Lancia Stratos was a sports/rally car designed from the mind of Marcello Gandini, then head designer of Bertone, and was based off the Stratos Zero concept presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1970. It was short, wide, and had a wedge shape that provided maximum traction. The Stratos was home to three different engines during the first part of its life: The Lancia Fulvia engine, the Lancia Beta engine, and the mid-mounted 190bhp Dino Ferrari V6 engine, with the V6 being the favorite.

The Stratos was produced from 1972-1974 and ended up winning the 1974, 1975, and 1976 WRC titles as well as gaining victories in the 1975, 1976, and 1977 Monte Carlo Rally. With 492 units sold during its time, the Lancia Stratos is a very rare and beautiful automobile.

So, is it making a comeback? Unfortunately, we think the answer to that question is no. Apparently, the spy shots taken of this new Stratos is a project that is being privately funded by a European industrialist. We are hoping that the distinct Stratos characteristics, such as the wheel arches cutting into the bonnet, the curved windshield and wraparound side glass, the engine cover, and the flip-up rear spoiler, will mean that this prototype will give way to a new Lancia Stratos for us all. Especially since the vehicle is also being tested at Balocco. Here’s to hoping!


Source: Italiaspeed

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  (461) posted on 11.16.2010

I get the car probably handles like a dream and can beat just about anything off the line, but I’m just not digging the style.

  (534) posted on 11.15.2010

this is one of the gorgeous car but I know I can’t have one..smiley

  (571) posted on 11.8.2010

The front end is startlingly raw. It seems completely devoid of ornamentation short of what looks like a place for an eventual Lancia badge.

  (858) posted on 11.5.2010

It should be pretty damn fast too, with what looks like (and is rumored to be) a 4.3 Ferrari V8 under the, er, can you call that a bonnet? With a cost-no-object development, this New Stratos should be really something.

  (216) posted on 10.11.2010

Still reminds me of an updated Fiero. Even with center locking wheels, it’s too cute.

  (129) posted on 09.27.2010

Oh yeah! I see carbon ceramic breaks!

  (129) posted on 09.27.2010

Can’t wait to see Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig get their hands on this baby

  (344) posted on 09.26.2010

This is one gorgeous car but I know I will never own one.

  (291) posted on 08.8.2010

The Concept is hideous although the overall shape is fairly good cause its true to original. I’m glad to hear them bringing it back, the Stratos was a little demon of a car, with a nice turbo-charged 4 cylinder and a body that weighs max 3000lbs...it’ll be nice.

  (407) posted on 08.8.2010

so what are they planning to do? make another gas guzzling engine?

  (780) posted on 08.5.2010

Of the most legendary rally cars ever returns! A prototype of the Lancia Stratos has been spotted on the test circuit of Balocco. Back in 1970, in the auto show of Turin it was presented to the visitors whose mouths fell open in awe. If that happened again then the
Stratos could win everything in the Rally World.

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