• Aug 3rd 2010 at 1:27PM
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Mystery Lancia Stratos revival – Click above for image gallery

What appears to be an updated version of the showstopping Fenomenon Stratos concept car of 2005 has cropped up in a couple of previously unseen spy shots. Essentially an updated version of Lancia's all-conquering World Rally hero of the 1970s, the Fenomenon Stratos debuted back in 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show, where it went down a storm. Limited production was expected to follow in 2006 and 2007, but aside from images of an open-topped variant making the rounds, the car fell off the radar.

Taken by an anonymous photographer, these shots were allegedly snapped on a Fiat test track near Milan, though it isn't immediately clear when the images were taken. ItaliaSpeed indicates the pics were taken on June 21, but firm information seems scarce, and it's possible they could actually be older images just now coming to light. What's perhaps most interesting is that the car in these photographs boasts a different, more conservative front fascia (perhaps for better aerodynamics than the somewhat lift-happy look of the concept), and the split-screen windshield has disappeared, suggesting that there have been further developments on the project since it was last shown. Like the original, plans called for the Fenomenon Stratos revival to rely on Ferrari power, albeit with two extra cylinders. At the time, it was understood that the mid-mounted V8 from the 360 Scuderia would find its way into the engine bay, although we have no indication as to what's powering the car in the photos.

Does this mean that Lancia itself has taken up the torch on this car? Or has a wealthy benefactor kick-started life into a stillborn project for a tasty one-off (as suggested by Italiaspeed) – à la James Glickenhaus? Or has development been proceeding all this time? Or are we just getting too excited over the prospect of one of our all-time favorite supercars getting back out on the road, if only in spirit? Have a look at the shots below and let us know what you think.

[Source: ItaliaSpeed]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm in love!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pure wood!
      I'll take mine in lime green!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well since we're on the subject of Lancia........I want a Delta "Integrale" HF please.....Dio mio per favore!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      would be nice, even more so with a v8!
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thunder struck,

      it isn't a Fiat-Lancia venture this time , but a German who is wealthy and an enthusiast.

      The irony is that Lancia could not sell the Stratos when new hundreds sat in a warehouse for a long time!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they aren't teasing us. That thing looks ready for the streets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG I want one so bad!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hee hee... THAT's kind of a tantalizing mystery, isn't it? Made all the more so since Fiat is expanding its North American presence...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes Groza, but those articles you have been reading should have also pointed out that FIAT plans to merge the vehicles of Lancia and Chrysler. Chrysler has the big cars that Lanica is missing and Lancia has the small cars that Chrysler is missing. Could it be the next Chrysler Conquest*?

        *i'd rather they not try to use an old Chrysler name and just keep the Stratos badge.
        • 5 Years Ago
        See, even if Fiat doesn't want to market Lancia as a full line here, I see no reason why they can't bring the Stratos over. Market it through Ferrari dealers, perhaps, or through whoever is going to sell Alfas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes but I've read in more then one place that they have zero interest in bringing Lancia with them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The original Fenonomenon Stratos re-concept?

        The sides are well sculpted, but even here, the front end looks a bit bland. Basically, it needs to be completely redone forward of the front axle, possibly with a new hood to match.

        And that windscreen isn't doing the car any favors. I don't think they kept the conic windscreen glass of the original, which kinda defeats the point.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its got LED lights so it could not be model from 2005, look like model ready to production! Please let this happen!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's a video game
        • 5 Years Ago
        It might not be a game but the first thing that came to mind when I saw the image was Render. The lighting looks completely wrong for natural light.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It can't be, I see someone in the passenger seat with a helmet on. Even Gran Turismo 5 doesn't do that (it only shows the driver).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also the grass is too realistic.
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