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The story of the coachbuilt Lancia Stratos gets more curious by the day. Although it appeared that the homage was a Pininfarina-designed one-off for a wealthy and anonymous European, Car & Driver has done some snooping of its own and reports that it wasn't exactly designed by Pininfarina and it won't exactly be a one-off.

Supposedly in the works for four years, word is the new Stratos was penned by Jason Castriota when he was still at Pininfarina before departing for Stile Bertone. Italiaspeed has a sketch of a Stratos with a different front end, signed by Castriota, that was published in the Japanese magazine Zoom. If that sketch is accurate it could jibe with what a tipster wrote to us, saying that the client had asked the front end be changed to something more traditional. Even though the C/D notes the photo above as having been taken on Pininfarina's roof, according to C/D it is Bertone that will get credit for this new Stratos – and we supposed Castriota will, too, eventually.

The best news for all those commenters disappointed that there would be just one: rumor is this thing is going into production. If true, it would be a huge deal for Lancia, an underperforming brand with rebadged Chryslers that would have this to parade around the world. Everyone wins. And to that shadowy, monied-up American, if you made this happen, we salute you.

[Source: Car & Driver]

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      Jezza is somewhere having a crisis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jezzas not the only one I am as well.
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      Lancia Forever [STRATOS} 1000 st...
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      Agreed with what everyone else is saying about the Lancia portfolio. They need to stay a dedicated small sporty niche brand without rebadged Chryslers. They also need a spectacular aspirational halo car like the Stratos. Now just replace those headlamps with pop-ups and it'll be perfect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice.....just needs some pop-up lights. God I miss pop-up lights.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Please FIAT put this into production I beg of you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The alleged mid-engined V6 Corvette should look so good.
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      Anyone see this coming stateside rebadged as a viper...

      maybe the all new Chrysler stratus... be an improvement from the old one anyway.
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      This looks pretty slick. A bit odd like the original stratos, but over-all very aggressive and fast.

      I have an idea for an AWD drivetrain for a car like this...

      A dry-sump boxer engine with the dry-sump pan oil scavenging pump integrated into the top of the gearbox case, allowing the engine to mount above the longitudinal gearbox.

      Just for fun, add to that reverse-flow up-draft heads, and top-mounted variable geometry turbochargers, moving the intake manifold (with air to liquid charge-coolers in the manifolds) under the engine, along the sides of the gearbox. Direct or hybrid direct/port fuel injection, variable valve timing and lift, or even Fiat's Multi-air technology included.

      Alfa Romeo has a history with boxer engines. It isn't too far of a stretch that their cousin Lancia couldn't have one in a car like this. The original had a Ferrari Dino-derived V6, and Ferrari also has some history with flat engines, and the berlinetta boxer had a bit of an interesting gearbox arrangement, itself.

      That would scream in a car like that. Lancia Stratos would again be a bolt of lightning on a rally course, tarmac, or otherwise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The water-cooled flat-4 on the Lancia Flavia and Gamma was much appreciated by Subaru.
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      Now bring it to the US.
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      Great halo car for Fiat's reentry to the U.S. market.

      Build it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want it I want it I want it

      It is beautiful and lovely and fantastic in every way
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      Fix the sad droopy eyes, add four driving lamps onto the hood, and buy me an Alitalia ticket...

      Then again, wouldn't it be nice to fall in love with a truly new and original design? It can't possibly be that all the great car designs have already happened.
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