The Lancia Ypsilon is a car that doesn’t get enough of the attention it deserves. Well, the Italian automaker hopes to change that with the release of a ’trendy’ new special edition called the Elefantino.
No, Lancia did not harm any elephants in the making of this vehicle. What they did do was give it a pretty impressive aesthetic makeover that gives us an idea on what the Ypsilon can look alike if the words "trendy and fashionable" were attached to it.
That’s the appeal of the Ypsilon Elefantino, especially to a younger market looking to exercise their fresh and hip vibe with a car that shares in that same, shall we say, "freshness".
On its own, the Ypsilon Elefantino carries plenty of powertrain options, each of which comes with its own price tag.
You can find out what made the Ypsilon Elefante appealing to us, as well as the engine and pricing options, after the jump.
This is not the first time that Lancia has collaborated with MomoDesign, but if you ask us, this latest Delta S special edition is one of the best results. Customers interested can already order the new Delta S by MomoDesign and prices will start from €23,400 (about $30,000 at the current exchange rates).
This special edition is designed especially for those male customers that are looking for a distinctive style. According to Lancia, the S in the title stands for the car’s three main values: Style, Substance and sports Seduction.
The model is distinguished by dark-chrome finishes, burnished headlights and 18-inch wheels finished with dark shadow treatment. For the interior, the two companies have combined a stylistic elegance with the sportiness required by the S models. Customers receive a gloss-black central console, speedometer with yellow shades and special sporty leather.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Lancia Delta S by Momodesign.
Lancia may not get all the love compared to other manufacturers of its ilk, but when they rolled out a special edition Flavia at the Venice Film Festival, we have to give it the recognition it deserves.
Called the Flavia Red Carpet Special Edition, the unique build was the result of a collaboration between Lancia and Poltrona Frau.
There’s not much in the way of exterior modifications for the Flavia Red Carpet, but inside, the posh red leather interior has the unmistakable quality and distinct stamp of the Italian interior, furniture design and leather upholstery company.
Suffice to say, the partnership between the two companies go back a long way, back to the 20’s when their respective founders, Vincenzo Lancia and Renzo Frau, began a partnership that has lasted for almost 100 years. Back then, Lancia turned to Frau to dress up the interior of the legendary Thema 8.32 and since then, the two companies have become brothers-in-arms in the auto industry.
Under the hood of the Flavia Red Carpet is a 2.4-liter engine that produces 170 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There aren’t any performance modifications, but when it comes to being the star of the show, the Flavia Red Carpet Special Edition sits high and mighty at the Venice Film Festival.
Most new cars we feature are the creations from the world’s multibillion dollar automakers and are not very close to the heart. This New Stratos on the other hand is the realized dream of one man who poured his heart, soul, and a ton of his own money into the project. The labour of love involving automotive parts supplier, Michael Stoschek, has taken 24 years to materialize, all starting out from a friendship forged at a Lancia Stratos event held in Alta Badia back in 1986.
Michael, a self-confessed uber fan of the original Stratos, decided to create his own new version of the classic Italian Rally superstar. The outcome of all the hard work and passion, we have to say, is utterly amazing. To prove the passion this part-time racer has for the original, he has even bought the trademark rights for the Stratos name from Lancia – which we can assure you didn’t come cheap.
The resemblance to the original is uncanny, yet everything has been updated and made better, without losing any of the nostalgia and old school appeal. The overall “wedge” shape is still the same and the powerplant is still from Ferrari – albeit louder and more powerful. The New Stratos shares a large amount of its underpinnings with the Ferrari F430 Scuderia – which is a brilliant car. If that’s any indication of how this car will ride, handle, sound, and perform, we are in for an absolute treat of automotive euphoria.
UPDATE 02/14/2011: The 2010 One-Off Lancia Stratos may not be a one-off for very much longer. So far 40 potential buyers in Europe and other regions have expressed in interest in purchasing the Ferrari-based model, and plenty more are expected to climb on the bandwagon. If a small series is produced, rumors suggest that each unit will cost about €400,000, or around $545,000 at the current exchange rates. Something tells us that Michael Stoschek - the owner of the one and only 2010 Lancia Stratos so far - may not be too happy with his exclusive ride getting cloned, even if it is only for about 40 other people.
UPDATE 05/10/2011: Michael Stoschek took his brand new Lancia Stratos for a spin on the race track. Hit the jump for the video.
UPDATE 06/27/11: Michael Stoschek had the New Lancia Stratos built for only one reason: racing. In the latest video, Stoschek rides his brand new ride with Dieter Hawranke as he blasts off along the streets of Zwickau during the Sachsen Rallye 2011. Check out the video after the jump to see the New Stratos run rampant on concrete!
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The Pininfarina-built, one-off New Lancia Stratos was recently presented to its smiling new owner, Michael Stoschek after over two years of development. But before Mr. Stoschek gets to enjoy his ultra rare sports car, the Stratos has to make a few more test rounds and, not to mention, have its own media unveiling at the Paul Ricard Circuit next week.
But before that, the New Stratos headed over to Ferrari’s Fiorano circuit in Maranello so that no less than Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo can take it for a spin. Seeing as the New Stratos is based on the underpinnings of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, it would only make sense that di Montezemolo had testing dibs on the one-off sports car.
Needless to say, the Stratos turned out to be as good as advertised with the Ferrari chief showering it with lavish praises after giving it a proper shakedown at the Fiorano circuit. Di Montezemolo was so geeked up after driving the car that he even invited Ferrari technical director, Roberto Fedeli, to have his turn behind the wheel of the sports car.
For a car that took more than two years to develop, we certainly expected nothing less from the one-off Lancia Stratos because anything less than two resounding thumbs up would be a bitter disappointment.
One motor show simply isn’t enough for the Lancia Musa. At the beginning of the year, Lancia introduced the Lancia Musa as a showcar at the Geneva Motor Show and now Lancia will be bringing a special edition of the hatchback to the Paris Auto Show at the end of September. The Musa’s exterior will be distinguished by a two-toned body (Angelico white and Masaccio black top), specific logo, privacy windows, 16" two-tone wheels, and an original New York skyline screen printing on the pillars. The interior will get top-quality Poltrona Frau leather trim chosen for the dashboard and seats.
The new Musa 5th Avenue will be offered with three engine options: 95 HP 1.3 MultiJet, 95 HP 1.4 petrol (both with Start&Stop as standard) and 77 HP 1.4 bi-fuel (petrol-LPG) power units.
The list of standard equipment will include seats and dashboard in Poltrona Frau leather, dual zone climate control, privacy windows, radio CD MP3 player with steering wheel controls, fog lights, ESP, rain and brightness sensors, Cruise Control, parking sensor, GranLuce sunroof, electric rear windows, and 16" alloy wheels.
Press release after the jump.
Lancia has announced pricing for the new special edition Lancia Delta "Hard Black". Dealerships in Europe are currently taking orders for this model which is offered in two different engine models: a 200 bhp 1.8 Di TurboJet Sportronic and a 1.9 Twin Turbo 190 HP version. The special edition will be priced at 31,300 euros.
On the outside, the new "Hard Black" is distinguished by a special body treatment with black opaque paint and embellished with shiny black and chrome mirror caps. Additional features include twin exhaust chrome and 18" alloy wheels.
The interior of the "Hard Black" edition comes in a Starlite black leather/Alcantara finish. Technological features include an auto adaptive suspension system, dual zone automatic climate control, and the Blue & Me system.
Marketing for theLancia Delta "Hard Black" edition will be unique as it is presented in the Mandela Day (an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life) that will be held on May 15, 2010 at Monte Carlo. A special web campaign is also in the works.
Lancia’s ticket to the Geneva Motor Show has been stamped and the brand is bringing with them a special-edition Delta. This exclusive Lancia Delta will come with a 1.6 Multijet 120 horsepower engine with a standard DPF as well as a Selectronic automatic transmission. Set apart by a two-tone body - white with matte black roof - and by Frau leather interior, this special edition Delta is unique for having a rather plush and comfortable back seat - an exclusive feature of the Delta’s Executive version.
As it stands now, the Gold and Platinum versions of the Lancia Delta will joi the Executive version in having these cozy and comfortable seats, which, as Lancia describes, provides the same comfort as an armchair in business class on an intercontinental flight. In addition to that, the seats also come with a reclining backrest that creates lots of legroom, an especially useful feature for those that always seem to find themselves in the middle of long trips.
This exclusive treatment at the rear of the Lancia Delta makes it a real modern alternative to bigger, heavier, and more expensive sedans with higher fuel consumption levels. While those brands may have an edge in terms of popularity and brand recall, this special edition Lancia Delta is as good as it gets as far as space and comfort are concerned.
Lancia is the brand that perpetuates the stereotype of mid-priced Italian cars more than any other brand. Historically, its designs are the most likely to make your heart flutter; its engine and handling will make your adrenaline rush; and its tendency to rust while still in the showroom will make your blood boil. The last reason is why it is no longer sold in the U.S.
But Lancia is poised for a comeback, including sales to England again, and so they are going after car-lovers hearts once again. It will present version of its Ypsilon small car at the Paris Auto Show a model built in collaboration with the Versace Group brand. The car will be limited to only 500 units and will go on sale from March 2009.
The car features special Bronzino Bronze body color that bears a screen-printed ‘Versus’ logo on the roof. The exterior also boasts bronze 16" alloy rims. The original bronze chrome finish is also repeated on the grille, handles, molding on the doors and rear bumpers and tailgate handle, sporting the Versus logo.
The same personality is evident inside, as borne out by special upholstery produced with a band in a cloth that recalls the world of fashion – and a central area in brown leather with a ‘Versus’ logo heat-printed in relief, just as on the accessories produced by the fashion brand.
Press release after the jump.