• Aug 19, 2009

Lancia di Lancia – Click above for high-res image gallery

What's the most powerful Lancia ever made? The Ferrari-powered Stratos? The rally-forged Delta HF Integrale? Forget street legal, even the famous Group B type 037 pales by comparison to the vehicle you see here: the Lancia di Lancia.

Following hot in the wake of the recently announced Powershore Abarth SP speed boat, the Lancia di Lancia is a second collaboration between Italian shipyard SACS and Fiat. Rather than turning to Yamaha for propulsion, the Italian automaker kept it in-house with a pair of 6.7-liter, 24-valve, common-rail direct injection inline-six turbodiesels from Fiat Powertrain Technologies – each generating a whopping 560 horsepower for a total combined output of (carry the two, divide by Pi) 1120 sea-horses. That's enough to propel the 8.5-ton speedboat to 48 knots – the maritime equivalent of 55 miles per hour.

Like the Abarth SP, the Lancia speedboat is a Rigid Inflatable Boat, or in other words a solid hull with an inflatable surround. Unlike its sister-ship, though, the engines are mounted on-board in a stern-drive layout. The boat also features a closed cockpit with a retractable windscreen for access, can carry 11 people and features a dinette that can be converted into a bed. And just in case you needed another reason to take to the waves, Lancia has reached back into its roots to revive the partnership with Martini for those iconic racing stripes. The Lancia di Lancia – whose handle draws on the company's nautical name – will debut at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Venice (where else?) during the upcoming international film festival next month. Press release after the jump and images in the gallery below.



[Source: Lancia via Italiaspeed]
PRESS RELEASE:

Get ready for the first 1120 HP Lancia...

It's the biggest, most powerful Lancia ever built.
It doesn't have to stick to the speed limit. It moves in a boundary-free dimension.
Not having to stick to any road, it gives you the freedom you want.
It's how the other half live, something which only Lancia, among all car manufacturers, can show you.
Its body and heart are thoroughbred Italian.

The 1120 HP engine delivers superb reliability, power and lightweight lightweight construction, is guaranteed to be a race winner like countless other Fiat engines. Modern, quiet-running, clean.

Shed-loads of power for pure excitement, while safety is taken care of, too. The Lancia, or "Motor Launch", protects you, conceals you and at the same time puts itself on show, drawing attention to itself and to you. Lancia outside, FPT underneath.

All to be revealed, but only to a privileged few.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      55 mph? That's it? Seriously?....



      That's slow even by maritime standards. I know of 200 hp V6 gas engines in 18 ft boats that can do that. The powerful cigarette v hull boats reach in excess of 110 mph nowadays. Come back when Lancia builds a boat that can at least do the legal limit on a highway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It probably means "speeds in excess of 55 mph" or something... It's got over 1K hp and surface drives... cmon...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has to be a typo, wave runners and jet skis do 60 plus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Let's hope so. I recently did 70 mph on a Sea Doo with significantly less than 1120 horsepower.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All that horsepower just to drive 55.... I think I could find a better home for those engines.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the paint job
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought this was "Autoblog", not "Boatblog".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Now look: they also put posts regarding Camry/Accord/90% of all modern cars, so it makes no difference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      55mph? That is fast for a windsurfer not a boat.
      http://www.boardseekermag.com/special_features/speed/windsurfing-speed-record_061.htm

      Windsurfing rocks btw. There is nothing quite like harnessing the wind and rocketing across chop at speeds that shame all other sailing craft!