Manifattura Automobili Torino will build up to 25 examples of its Ferrari 430-based modern Stratos

The New Lancia Stratos is on display at the Geneva motor show before it is put into limited production by Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT).

The 542bhp, 383lb ft reborn Stratos is based on the Ferrari F430 and pays homage to Lancia's legendary sports and rally car, of which 492 examples were built between 1973 and 1978.

It was first unveiled in concept form in 2010.

Three versions of the car will be made - a GT racer, a Safari version and what the brand calls 'a comptetent supercar for the daily use'. The second of these is likely a rally-inspired version - another throwback to the car's motorsport heritage.

At 4181mm long, 1971mm wide and 1240mm high, it's considerably larger than the original Stratos, and is 267kg heavier, at 1247kg. These dimensions make it the same length as the Audi TT, although it's considerably wider and lower to the ground, weighing around the same as the TT 1.8.

The car's 4.3-litre V8 powers it to 62mph in 3.3sec and on to 124mph in 9.7sec, with a top speed of between 170mph and 205mph. Weight is kept down thanks to carbonfibre bodywork, while the weight split is 44% front, 56% rear. 

It was commisioned by billionaire German entrepreneur Michael Stoschek, chairman of car parts supplier Brose and a rallying enthusiast. The design was penned by Pininfarina, whereas the original Stratos was the work of Bertone.

We drove the New Stratos at its unveiling in 2010 - read what we thought here

The mid-engined design features the wedge profile, semicircular windscreen, side tanks, removable front and rear servicing hoods and engine-access hatch of the original.

The original concept was based on a cut-down aluminium spaceframe structure from a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and used that car's drivetrain. However, in 2011, Ferrari blocked Pininfarina and "any other Ferrari-dependent suppliers" from putting the New Stratos into production, prompting the car's designers to look elsewhere for a base.

MAT says that it has obtained from Stoschek "permission to replicate the New Stratos using the same design and technologies of his car".

The new car has similar dimensions to 3710mm-long original Stratos, with a similarly short wheelbase, and is claimed to have a "lightweight design"; the concept had a kerbweight of 1274kg. 

The only detail revealed about the mechanicals thus far is that the engine produces 542bhp, while pictures show the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles of an automatic gearbox. The concept's Ferrari-sourced 4.3-litre V8 produced 532bhp.

The New Stratos's stripped-back interior mirrors many features of the original's, including an integrated roll cage and door compartments for driver and passenger helmets. 

Stoschek said: “I am delighted that other passionate car enthusiasts will be able to experience how the successor to the most fascinating rally car of the 1970s still sets the bar for design and performance”.

MAT's portfolio includes the Apollo Arrow and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S. The company, which designs, engineers and builds one-off and limited production luxury and racing models, is headed up by its founder, Paolo Garella, who previously worked for Pininfarina and has been involved with more than 50 bespoke car projects over the past 30 years.

Prices start at €550,000 (around £487,000) for the car, minus the cost of the Ferrari F430 donor car. First deliveries are in April 2018, and right-hand drive cars will be made, if a customer orders one. 

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9 February 2018

The asking price is just plain daft!, £600K for a short wheel based car with way too much power is a recipe for going through Hedgerows backwards....!

Peter Cavellini.

9 February 2018

No matter what angle I look at it my eyes keep getting drawn towards those afterthought headlights, the Stratos cannot RIP until this upstart is crushed at birth.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

TBC

9 February 2018

I wonder, of the 25, how many won't be snapped up by collectors?

9 February 2018

 It’s a nice looking car, no doubt, but this is not Bertone’s Lancia Stratos.  It’s like calling the Speedback GT an Aston Martin DB5.  Though there are some similar design cues, the end results look poles apart.  Just check out the windscreens. The original wraparound concept was iconic. 

9 February 2018
Theojw71 wrote:

 It’s a nice looking car, no doubt, but this is not Bertone’s Lancia Stratos.  It’s like calling the Speedback GT an Aston Martin DB5.  Though there are some similar design cues, the end results look poles apart.  Just check out the windscreens. The original wraparound concept was iconic. 

The Speedback GT at least looked like a quality product. This Not-Stratos looks more £6000 kit than £600,000 Pininfarina designed special.

Citroëniste.

9 February 2018

So I thought a couple of years ago. Have wondered if a Lotus chassis could not have been used for the New Stratos. Good for Lotus. And even better for all those who think that Stratos is one of the best car designs ever.

9 February 2018
voyager12 wrote:

Have wondered if a Lotus chassis could not have been used for the New Stratos.

Good thinking, conceptually the transverse V6 is closer to the original Stratos, however the Ferrari/Dino-link is far more memorable.

10 February 2018

to have the Elise and Evora chassis that can be adapted in width and length. I don't care if the Stratos initiators decide to use the Lotus Toyota V6, just to get the job done (a Ferrari V8 doesn't feel right anyway). Or an Alfa Romeo V6 for that matter. The New Stratos looks THAT good. Lotus should have and could have taken the initiative to approach the guys 6 years ago already.

9 February 2018
OK, so most of you guys wouldn't buy one - that's a matter of personal choice but I'd be happy to buy one.

Granted it's not an original Stratos and I prefer the pop-up lights of the original but then it's not pretending to be a facsimile of the original but as the article says it's an homage, a modern interpretation - perhaps best to see it as an example of what the Stratos might have become had it remained in production.

To be accurate, the supremely talented Marcello Gandini designed the original Stratos and I agree it still looks better than the new one but ideally I'd buy both, the original as a garage queen collectors car and the new one to use.

Interestingly, Il Commendatore initially refused to supply Lancia with engines for the original Stratos and I understand that to begin with Ferrari were once again unwilling to provide engines for the new car but that's now been sorted.

Pricewise, £600k does look like a ludicrous amount but then its engineering and the Ferrari engine make it authentic in a way that cheap kit-car versions will never be.

I also love the Singer 911 which, for all its perfection, isn't a concours original, it's a 964 based reimagining of a classic air-cooled 911 with a £500k price tag - between the Stratos and Singer, the latter is more of interest to me but not due to the cost.

If I were a billionaire, I'd have the Singer, Stratos (original and new), plus a few others (Ferrari F40, 250 and 288GTO, plus a late model Porsche 917 and Kremer K2 935 and Alfaholics GTA) along with, oddly, a Unimog (can't justify that one at all) ;)

10 February 2018

As a wheelman of the 80's and a bit before too, this was a legendary beast. I lived in Greece at the time and only one model was brought in and he won every race - except when it broke down- and he won consecutive domestic championships - and if I remember correctly podium for the brutal Acropolis. The new one will be better interior as you should for the old model be what was called italian ape shape. Anyone over 5'7"" was going to be in serious trouble with his head in helmet banging on the roof !! 

Would LOVE - dearly love to afford one but it will never happen - but as an enthusiast I am really happy to see this being done. There will be a wad of buyers out there

what's life without imagination

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