• Nov 29th 2010 at 6:58PM
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It's a shame the Pininfarina Stratos probably won't see widespread production. The car is hewn straight from the naughtiest of our automotive dreams, and with some of its aluminum bones borrowed from the Ferrari 430 Scuderia it promises to be as fun to fling as anything with four wheels. The crew at EVO was lucky enough to weasel their way behind the wheel of the lovely one-off, becoming the first journalists to do so in the process. That sound? It's the noise our boundless jealousy makes when agitated.

EVO was able to take the car out for a couple of hot laps around Circuit Paul Ricard, and the verdict is that, as you might expect, the car is plenty nimble and just as quick. There is some indication that the vehicle's short wheelbase would likely make for some hair-raising antics at higher speeds, though. EVO even goes so far as to say that the vehicle has a completely different personality compared to its Prancing Horse donor. Even better, there may be a very small production run in the vehicle's future.

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[Source: EVO]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It kinda reminds me of the Fiat X19 from the mid 1970's, not bad, just dated!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It kinda reminds me of the Lancis Stratos from the 1970s.

        Tho it'd be really nice if a lower-cost version could be produced at a Porsche price point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if there is going to be a rally version. After all, the original was born for that. And this one will remain soul-less until is tested out of the track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I certainly hope there will be a rally version, WRC would be less of a snore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A rally version would be nice, however starting next year wrc is limited to 1.6 liters, so not very likely. Would be nice to the stratos in action though i must admit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and this would be why i subscribe to evo and not c&d... looking forward to a real buff book style review. automotive journalists who own, and drive almost daily, lambos and paganis, or staid detroit references. evo for the win. without a doubt the best automotive writing in paper print :D.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir I wholeheartedly dis...joking...no I am very much in agreement with you. I don't bother with American publications. I'm quite fond of AutoCar, EVO, TG (obviously), but also some German media also. I miss 4car, but that was a consequence of Channel 4 being flat out broke, hence why Fifth Gear was cancelled at one point.

        As for the car, as long as it means the regulations then it's definitely a win. Perhaps, and I don't know what the legal is on this, it could be exempt from some regulations due to low-volume run.

        Allow me to digress, you'd think that politicians would allow these sorts of exemptions and commonalities in world crash/emission standards, unfortunately there are some countries which choose to play tough. I don't see how this benefits US companies for instance trying to gain foothold in emerging markets where standards are ROW. It just adds to the cost.

        Anyway, yes like the car and I have a feeling that Montizemolo's liking and approval of this car will go a long away towards attracting investors and engineering support to launch a limited run of this brilliant car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree! It provides a much less biased view on models than car and driver
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember when the first Stratos came out. Believe it or not, it replaced the Pantera as the "Wildest thing on four wheels". That was along time ago. GULP!
      Frank P. (Portchester, N.Y.)
      They should make a "Super Fiat X1/9" w/ a 300 HP Turbocharged 4 Cylinder Engine and a WIDE Body Design!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the $4 million tag based on retail prices that the BMW would charge to BMW drivers?
      Or is it what the BMW bought those parts for?

      Given the overinflated prices for both BMW cars and parts, the real value was probably somewhere aroung $1 million. Still a lot, though
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, my bad, multiple tabs, early morning and Firefox "stopped responding"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad that this is showing to be a success, good specs across the board.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any chance we are seeing the next generation Chrysler Crossfire platform? I can think of a solid business case for the Crossfire when coupled with the Lancia production capacity being doubled with a Chrysler sibling along for the ride. GREAT IDEA,YES?
      Here's hoping.they see the same idea and bring the Crossfire back ASAP...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car has just the right mixture of elegance and outright nastiness to it. Kinda like Darth Vader in a Tuxedo. Although I can admire the design of most Ferrari's, they arent something id spend my money on. This, this thing id slap my mom for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate class warfare junk, and I absolutely do not begrudge wealthy people their well earned wealth.

      But it is getting absurd that there are any number of wealthy toys... and relatively very little for real people, with real budgets.

      The original Stratos was not affordable either... so I can understand it somewhat.

      But I still have to quote Dr. Evil a bit... throw us a friggin' bone, here.

      The state of the art has moved. A transverse DOHC V6 sports car is not necessary to be unattainable... and that was the original Stratos configuration, and could be built affordably, or something bearing another name could be... transverse, longitudinal, or AWD... or something.

      I am glad this Stratos exists. But I have a hard time getting excited about a car I will never even set my own eyes on, let alone have the chance to drive or own.

      Unobtainium is tarnishing, and losing it's luster. Attainability, even with a little discipline and planning required, would be much better, even if it isn't statistically faster, or based on a Ferrari.

      I want to own a car that looks and handles like that, to a degree, and is within the realm of possibility, powered by an drivetrain that doesn't cost more than my house.
        • 4 Years Ago
        An everyman version could easily be done by GM for Camaro SS money. Or less.

        + updated Fiero chassis
        + Ecotec turbo 4 engine
        + fiberglass body for easy reskin

        GM could even sell a BAS mild hybrid version and/or Voltec for fuel economy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I spent a million plus dollars to have a one off car built I would be damned if I let every joe shmo drive my car. Thats how million dollar cars get wrecked.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I was drunk enough to have bought this ugly abomination I would make sue i gave it to someone that would reck it on the first drive so I can never see this ugly ugly think
        did I mention is pure ugly
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, I'd let other people drive it for a bit... just gotta make sure they can reign it in. I know that at the end of the night, she's going home to my garage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        this car is too sharp
        • 4 Years Ago
        As far as having someone else drive your million dollar car......If you can afford a million dollar car, you don't care about money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool. When can I get a kit for my Fiero?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully, sooner rather than later...
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