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Segment: Medium

Based on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo 164 and the Saab 9000, the Lancia Thema was the most luxurious model in Lancia's lineup.

By the end of the '80s, Lancia was on the verge. In 1984, the Italian carmaker introduced the Thema as the up-market representative. It was the first vehicle built on the Fiat/Saab platform, and it replaced the unsuccessful Lancia Gamma.

The refreshed version featured a new set of narrow headlights and a sharp-looking grille. Its subtle turn-signals placed just above the bumper were hard to be noticed at night, but they were as legal as they could. The Italians didn't want to spoil the look for regulation's sake! In the rear, the taillights were mounted only at the back of the quarter panels. The top version, named 8.32, featured a retractable wing activated via a button inside the cabin.

Depending on the trim level, the Thema could have offered a simple interior or a luxurious one. From regular cloth to expensive leather, Lancia could offer almost any kind of upholstery. While the base models featured black plastic trims, the upper trim levels featured wood-trim on the dash and door panels. Like the rest of the vehicles built on that platform, Thema offered a decent amount of room in the back for up to three occupants, although the high center tunnel was too intrusive for the middle passenger.

Lancia offered the Thema with a wide choice of engines. After 1988, it installed twin-cam engines with four valves per cylinder. There were a few special versions, such as the Turbo with all-wheel-drive and the top model 8.32. The latter used a Ferrari 308 GTB engine and could keep up with most of the supercars from its era. It was a genuine factory sleeper.

LANCIA Thema 1988 - 1992 4 Photos
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LANCIA Thema 1988 - 1992
  5 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L 5MT (116 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (146 HP)
  • 2.0L Turbo 5MT (180 HP)
  • 2.8L V6 5MT (150 HP)
  • 2.9L V8 5MT (205 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 2.4L Turbo D 5MT (118 HP)

LANCIA Thema 2.0L 5MT (116 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (116 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1995 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 5600 RPM
116 HP @ 5600 RPM
114 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
120 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
162 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.2 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.4 cuFT (549 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2524.3 lbs (1145 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3736.8 lbs (1695 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
195 g/km

LANCIA Thema 2.0L 5MT (146 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (146 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1995 cm3
Power
107 KW @ 6000 RPM
146 HP @ 6000 RPM
143 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
128 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
173 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
125.5 mph (202 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
175/70HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.4 cuFT (549 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2667.6 lbs (1210 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3858.1 lbs (1750 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
205 g/km

LANCIA Thema 2.0L Turbo 5MT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L Turbo 5MT (180 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1995 cm3
Power
132 KW @ 5500 RPM
180 HP @ 5500 RPM
177 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
199 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
270 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137.9 mph (222 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.4 cuFT (549 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2844 lbs (1290 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3935.3 lbs (1785 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
25.8 mpg US (9.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
217 g/km

LANCIA Thema 2.8L V6 5MT (150 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L V6 5MT (150 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2849 cm3
Power
110 KW @ 5000 RPM
150 HP @ 5000 RPM
148 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
166 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
225 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
127.4 mph (205 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/60VR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.4 cuFT (549 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2844 lbs (1290 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3935.3 lbs (1785 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
22.8 mpg US (10.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
245 g/km

LANCIA Thema 2.9L V8 5MT (205 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.9L V8 5MT (205 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
2927 cm3
Power
151 KW @ 6750 RPM
205 HP @ 6750 RPM
202 BHP @ 6750 RPM
Torque
194 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
263 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55VR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.4 cuFT (549 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3086.5 lbs (1400 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4144.7 lbs (1880 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
20.1 mpg US (11.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
278 g/km

LANCIA Thema 2.4L Turbo D 5MT (118 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L Turbo D 5MT (118 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2499 cm3
Power
87 KW @ 3900 RPM
118 HP @ 3900 RPM
117 BHP @ 3900 RPM
Torque
181 lb-ft @ 2200 RPM
245 Nm @ 2200 RPM
Fuel System
Indirect Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121.2 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70HR14
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
68.9 in (1750 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.3/57.9 in (1,481/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
104.7 in (2659 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.4 cuFT (549 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2921.1 lbs (1325 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4023.4 lbs (1825 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
185 g/km
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