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More Lancia Stratos performance details revealed

Almost the complete specifications of the new Lancia Stratos have been revealed, including the born-again racer’s blistering 0-100km/h time of 3.3 seconds.
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Before we get too carried away, the Stratos has not been confirmed for production.

The data is based on the one-off vehicle designed by Pininfarina for racecar collector Michael Stoschek and his son Maximillian.

It combines a shortened aluminium chassis from the Ferrari 430 Scuderia with a retuned version of the vehicle’s 4.3-litre V8 engine. Maximum power peaks at 375kW while torque is, according to the people behind the Stratos, “greater than 500Nm”.

In addition to the 0-100km/h sprint, the Stratos can double that in just 9.7 seconds. The top speed has apparently been limited to 274km/h to achieve better acceleration.

The gearbox is a six-speed sequential unit with mechanical variable differential, and changes occur in less than 60 milliseconds.

Dry weight is 1247kg, which is distributed 44 percent to the front and 56 percent to the rear.

Compared with the original Lancia Stratos HF (for ‘High Fidelity’), the new Stratos is 473mm longer (4181mm), 221mm wider (1971mm), 140mm taller (1240mm), and has a 220mm longer wheelbase (2400mm).

The old vehicle was powered by a 2.4-litre Ferrari-sourced V6 engine and – despite producing just 140kW – raced from 0-100km/h in under five seconds.

With the Pininfarina-designed Stratos in high demand at public presentations, testers are yet to complete official performance runs with the new beast, but we are assured they will be carried out at the next available opportunity.

We can hardly wait.

There are also rumours circulating about a second new Stratos being developed according to GT2 racing specifications. It is believed the people at Danisi Engineering in Turin – who have worked with Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Pininfarina vehicles in the past – could be behind it.

With hype around the car enormous, and individuals and businesses looking to cash in on it in any way possible, car model studio Amalgam has previewed what the Stratos GT2 could look like.

The 1:8 scale model, finished in iconic ‘Light Blue’, is available online (just in time for Christmas) for £3250 ($5250).