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.