LANCIA Stratos 1973-1975 Photos, engines & full specs

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic
Production years: 1973, 1974, 1975

LANCIA Stratos 1973-1975 2 Photos
LANCIA Stratos (1973-1975)LANCIA Stratos (1973-1975)

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, 1974, 1975
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.4

LANCIA Stratos

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
Top Speed:143 mph (230 km/h)
Drive Type:Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox:Manual, 5 Speed
Front:Ventilated Discs
Rear:Ventilated Discs
Tire Size:205/70 VR 14
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)
Unladen Weight:2161 lbs (980 kg)
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