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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic

There is no doubt that the Lancia Stratos was one of the most fantastic cars ever made and won the World Rally Championship back-to-back three times between 1974 and 1976.

Lancia designed the car to win rallies, and it did a fantastic job. Bertone Studios signed the initial concept and showcased it at the 1971 Turin Motor Show under the Stratos Zero name. The Italian carmaker used the engine from a Ferrari Dino (which didn't sport the Ferrari badge, by the way). Fiat built the 500 powerplants needed to get the FIA homologation.

Racing necessities dictated the strange look of the car. At the front, it featured pop-up headlights to improve the aerodynamic. Its unique-shaped windshield had a constant radius to reduce distortion. Even if it looked thick, the B-pillars were thinner, but the engine compartment's lid extended it. Lancia chose to install a massive rear cover that opened with the rear fenders and the back panel. From behind, a set of round taillights carried over from the Dino completed the design of the short Stratos.

Lancia built the Stratos' interior around Sandro Munari, its main rally-driver, who was 5.8' (1.76m). Like any race-built vehicle, the Stratos HF Stradale offered minimal interior room, but it had some unusual features. The door's shape allowed the carmaker to install huge pockets inside them, so the driver and its co-driver could place their helmets. The side windows were fixed but featured a sliding area for some ventilation.

Lancia installed a 2.4-liter V-6 engine behind the cockpit and paired it to a five-speed manual gearbox. The street-clothing version provided 190 hp, which was more than enough to propel the 900 kg (1984 lbs) to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. It featured independent suspension in all corners.

LANCIA Stratos 1973 - 1975 2 Photos
LANCIA Stratos (1973 - 1975)LANCIA Stratos (1973 - 1975)
LANCIA Stratos 1973 - 1975
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.4

LANCIA Stratos 2.4

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2419 cm3
Power
139 KW @ 7000 RPM
190 HP @ 7000 RPM
186 BHP @ 7000 RPM
Torque
166 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
225 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
143 mph (230 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/70 VR 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
146 in (3708 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
43.7 in (1110 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.3/57.5 in (1,430/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
85.8 in (2179 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2161 lbs (980 kg)
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