• Feb 13, 2011
New Lancia Stratos by Pininfarina – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Pininfarina and Michael Stoschek unveiled the new Lancia Stratos, they hinted that limited production was a possibility if there was enough demand. According to new reports, prospective buyers are already lining up at the door.

The latest rumors indicate that since unveiling the coachbuilt custom, around 40 customers in Europe and elsewhere approached Stoschek (the German enthusiast who commissioned the New Stratos in the first place) and Pininfarina, expressing their desire to buy one for themselves. The pair reportedly figure that, although it cost about €3 million (~$4m) to develop and build the first example, they could offer a quantity of the neo-retro supercar at around €400,000 ($540k) apiece, including €100,000 ($135k) for a (presumably used) Ferrari F430 and €300,000 to convert it into the New Stratos.

If you had around a half-million dollars lying around and an empty space in your garage, is this what you'd do with it? Check out the images in the gallery below and share your thoughts in the comments.



[Source: CarScoop]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the best looking cars in recent times. Its unabashedly Stratos, yet modernized. Nice choice of engine, incredible interior (original design), very rare. I believe Lancia said there was enough tooling to make 27 cars. The only thing Im not a fan of is the paddle-shifted tranny... definitely too modern for a Stratos, but I understand theyre trying to keep up with the Joneses. Still, probably the coolest wedge-shaped design in decades.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Screw this.
      For $500,000 there is only one car I would consider, the new Lamborghini Aventador.
      • 3 Years Ago

      I love exotic and rare cars, this one especially, but man those 500k could go a long to way feeding a lot of families. Or helping a kid with cancer.

      But if I was a billionaire, id so get it. Then donate the same amount to some charity.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, the last thing on most millionaires'/billionaires' minds is philanthropy.

        Ergo the reason why ultra-luxury items exists.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can't put a price on nostalgia. I'm waiting for the day when Ferrari make a retro F355 with a real H-gate Ferrari 6-speed (not this semi-auto housewife garbage). I'm going to put a set of Capristos on that thing and wind the engine up until it shouts the electric cars off of the road.

      Thankfully, dreaming is still free.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A car that looks about 40k, for 500k. great deal.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A geninely built Lancia Stratos - of course I'd want one. But a converted Ferrari??? No, thank you. Who'd come up with such an idiotic idea in the first place?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Pininfarini...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ RWD:

        According to C&D, the car CAN be made from a 458 Italia frame...

        'Stoschek is investigating building a very limited series of the New Stratos. “The tools are good enough for 25 more units,” Stoschek says. “For about 600,000 euros apiece, Pininfarina probably could build it. I won’t become a car manufacturer. I am just keeping the copyright.” Then he drops the bomb: “The New Stratos can be built on a Ferrari 458 Italia base as well.”'

        http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/11q1/new_lancia_stratos-first_drive_review
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree totally. This is a custom car, not a Lancia. They should leave the first one as the 'concept' car.

        If I had 500k to spend on one, I'd be expecting a that body on a real "New Stratos" chassis with a 458 drivetrain. Not a rebuilt F360.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Man, it's like nobody reads anything before posting.

        ...It's "Pininfarina".

        ...It's based on a 430 not a 360.

        I do agree though that for that kind of money, it should be based on a 458... THAT car I might spend the money on (if I ever had it in the first place). But that's what happens when you take years in development on a car based on an existing cutting edge supercar. Something even more cutting edge will have been developed in the meantime, blowing your platform out of the water.

        Still, gorgeous. Even if it cost twice what a 430 cost, it'd be worth it for this kind of beautiful, rare machine. But FOUR TIMES the cost? It'd better have an amazing bespoke interior and be dynamically superior to the 430 Scuderia... and I seriously doubt it is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I totally love the look of this car, but I do have to wonder how much cheaper it could be made if they didn't use a Ferrari engine, and if they went with less exotic materials.

      • 3 Years Ago
      It's totally worth it. Fantastic car. I'd buy one buy one, but don't have that kind of money lying around. I have it buried. In my backyard. No, I seriously don't have that kind of money anywhere. Maybe I could rob a bank?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not buy a GTR for 80-100 thousand, add unnecessary upgrades for maybe 50 thousand, and have 350 thousand left over. The GTR has better specs and looks much bigger. And what happens when your limited production run crashes. Where are you going to get the parts. Haha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Junzhi I am pretty sure you couldn't tell the number of revs unless you looked at the tach and if you closed your eys you probably wouldnt be able to tell the difference in the ride.

        @airchompers: When you get half a mil to buy this car, let me know. or why dont you just buy yourself the ferrari its based upon for less.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because it wouldn't be 1/100th a cool as this. But you should do that, let people who actually like cars buy these.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because things are more important to me than speed on a closed course.

        If you don't see how someone could like this car in a world with GT-Rs and 20k Camaros that do 10 second 1/4s, then you will never get this car.

        You're the sort of person who'd laugh at the sistine chapel because it's not photorealistic and things didn't actually look like that, if they happened.
        • 3 Years Ago
        haha yeah, i bet you look great in that 90 civic too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're absolutely not getting this.

        Is there anything you like so much that you're emotional - as opposed to logical - about it?

        You don't buy a car like this to tear up the nurburgring or pull 0-60s. You buy a car like this because you're madly in love with something about it. Maybe for someone, this is the car they always wanted. They were a kid who'd ride their bike to the dealer and look into the showroom after school because they loved it so much. Maybe they wanted to buy a used one but decided to get an MBA instead. Maybe they've always wanted it and now it's the time for them to get it.

        Maybe they think it looks that great. Who knows? But the people who purchase this know that there are other cars but those people chose not to buy them for whatever reason, and I assure you, there's no purely logical reason to get one of these.

        And I'm not that way about cars. But you better believe that 30 years from now, I'll be looking for mechanical watches and Yamaha VMaxes. Or 40 years from now, I'll be looking for NSXs and GT-Rs and Supras and Elises and Evora. (I know that's a lot of asian brands, but I like the idea of an everyday super car simply because I'm not Ayrton Senna and I'm not going to trade reliability for that last 10th in being a track weapon)

        • 3 Years Ago
        If you were talking about a R33 Skyline GT-R, sure. Or maybe a R34. Or even a R32.

        Really, any of the "good" Skyline GT-Rs with the I-6 engine would be acceptable, because those all follow the "classic" design. Popping in a generic V-6 simply doesn't count - it's like Mazda moving the RX-7 from a Rotary to a 4-banger, BMW moving to FWD, or pulling the V-8 from the Corvette - a pointless change to satisfy a bean counter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What Lancia thinks about that?
      This car is not made by FIAT group, is made by privates, I am not sure how can they sell a car that has both the name and the badge which is property of a big group like FIAT/Chrysler?
        • 3 Years Ago
        if you do your homework you'll learn that lancia allowed the stratos name to expire and was duly snapped up by the folks who brought you this car. Not to mention Luca di Montezemolo praising the car when he drove it
      • 3 Years Ago
      A genuinely gorgeous car.
      • 3 Years Ago

      when FIAT gets around to making a actually economically feasible STRATOS, at 100K, those buyers who have a V8, instead of a ferrari dino V6, will feel very special.

      this stratos is a good idea, and the V8 will be nice, and its good that this guy followed his dream,

      but the FIAT stratos' will be better.
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