Though you ability not apperceive it today, Lancia has produced some allegorical cars over the advance of its history. Models like the archetypal Aurelia, the rally-bred Delta Integrale, and of advance the Stratos supercar. The Thema ability not rank actual aerial amid them, except for one version.
A mid-size ancestors sedan, the Thema was based on the aforementioned underpinnings as the Fiat Croma, Alfa Romeo 164, and Saab 9000. It had rather beautiful bodywork bound by Italdesign, and there was a wagon adaptation styled by Pininfarina.
Most of those produced amid 1984 and 1994 had rather apprehensive engines. Inline fours, V6s, and diesels. But the Thema 8.32 stood out over and aloft its added accepted stablemates. It had the 2.9-liter V8 with four-valve cylinders from the Ferrari 308 and Mondial, recalibrated for family-sedan duty.
The 32-valve agent produced aloof 212 application (158 kW) and 210 lb-ft (285 Nm) of torque. That may not assume like abundant by today’s standards. But again the 964-generation Porsche 911 (which came out a brace of years afterwards this archetypal was produced) almost offered abundant more, with 247 hp (184 kW) and 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque.
That was abundant to accelerate the Thema 8.32 rocketing to 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in aloof 6.8 abnormal and on to a top acceleration of 149 mph (240 km/h). That may not accept fabricated it as quick as the aboriginal BMW M5, but it was bigger than the M535i could muster. That archetypal arranged beneath ability at 215 hp (160 kW), the aforementioned bulk of torque as the Lancia, ran to 62 in 7.2 seconds, and topped pit at 143 mph (230 km/h).
Only 2,370 of these Series I models were awash in Italy amid 1986 and ’88, of which this was one. Situated in Rome, it’s captivated by alone its additional owner, who is now affairs it. The allurement price: €24,001, or aloof beneath $30k at accepted barter rates. These canicule you’d charge a acceptable $7k added to get into a abject Alfa Romeo Giulia, with its 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. But the Ferrari-powered Thema is the rarer beast, and is abiding to authority its amount bigger than a new Alfa.
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