Stick a fork in it. The New Stratos is done. Reports kicking around the web have confirmed Ferrari has put the nix on any hopes of a production run. As you may recall, the New Stratos prototype was built off of the bones of a Ferrari F430. Pininfarina supplied the vehicle's carbon fiber skin, and Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo was so taken with the project that he personally put down a hot lap in the wedge. That affection was fleeting, however. The minds behind the New Stratos have reportedly confirmed Ferrari doesn't want to cooperate with any company that could build a direct competitor to its products.

Listen closely and you'll hear the sound of our hearts breaking, bit by bit. There is some good news in all this gloom, however. The group behind the New Stratos has begun talks with Renault, and the French manufacturer may be keen to let the company craft a new take on the Alpine A110 Berlinette. Game on.


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      JOSEPH
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a shame, but a new Alpine A110 would be awesome.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you serious!? FU Ferrari!
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Ferrari doesn't want to cooperate with any company that could build a direct competitor to its products." Until Ferrari no longer has a long waiting list, I do not see a problem. Additionally, I wouldn't call this a direct competitor because it does NOT wear the Ferrari badge.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fixitfixitstop
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          Justin Campanale
          • 3 Years Ago
          Fiat should take the Alfa 4C chassis, stuff a small displacement V8 in it with around 370 hp, price it at $80k, and voila, you have a new Stratos. Sold in the US as a Chrysler..... the Firepower??? Ferrari should make a new Dino with a V6 with 400+ hp, at $120 k. Dodge's Viper should keep a V10, maybe make the interior better. At least 8 liters of displacement and 650 hp. Pricingwise, it would slot in between the Stratos and the Dino, but performancewise between the 458 and ands a proposed Murcielago competitor from Ferrari. Alfa should bring back the Spider as the 4C, but with 2uettoranta styling cues and interior.35 k starting price 2500 pounds max. Maybe a version with the 6.4 hemi Absoluely NO interior amnesties. Maybe they can make a GT type car to compliment the Stratios. 110k. Like a modern 928. If I ran Fiat, this is how the entry level super cars would look.
          • 3 Years Ago
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          karlInSanDiego
          • 3 Years Ago
          Fiat is reviving Lancia (albiet poorly with the new Chrysler/Fiat 300C being sold in Europe as a Lancia). I'd guess Stratos and A110 are those heros that might disappoint if you actually drove them now. Perhaps better to let the legends live large than to turn their bones and make people retest the originals to find they are slower and less athletic than a 2012 Camry. Ok, I don't really think that, but in std tune the original homologations paled to their factory race hero siblings. Owners of the vintage cars have probably all taken them to a new height of tuning. And remember too, it was lightness that made both great, and last I checked no major manufacturers do light anymore. [Gauntlet thrown] What was the last Ferrari road car that was under 3000 lbs? 1995 F50?
        Richard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fixitfixitstop
        Good points..i think the Stratos could have been a, say $110k car (now that 911 coupes are pushing $120+ OMG) using the older platform and been a huge hit, and not stolen sales from Ferrari or Maserati.
      dondonel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Off topic: awd is the worst thing that happened to rallying, it will eventually kill it. Please bring back rwd rallying (A110, Stratos and 037 FTW!).
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dondonel
        What a stupid comment.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dondonel
        Only if you ban Quattro. AUDI FTW!
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dondonel
        The 959, the RS200, the EVO, the STi, the Quattro for starters, the Delta Integrale from the Lancia camp, any of these ringing a bell? Have you seen Ken Block's gymkhana videos in the STi rally car? All wheel drive is rally racing, not that I wouldn't love to see the old front and rear wheelers still fighting it out but even the relatively bad Quattro (despite how much I love it) smoked the competition thanks to all wheel drive.
      rkeeeballs
      • 3 Years Ago
      My ***** cat has more balz than Ferrari...don't want to be a part of any competition ?...grow up !...It won't hurt your sales ...the rich idiots have always supported your outrageous priced cars...status..you know !
      n939at
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank you Ferrari, the front end of that thing was rather hideous.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Saminlp
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand what all the hating on Ferrari is about. Their decision makes complete sense to me even if it would be a very limited run of cars. Where would they draw the line in the future if someone wanted to do the same things to make another car? Also, if the people making the new Stratos come out with a better product in ANY WAY Ferrari will be lambasted for not making the original F430 just as good (keep in mind the small volume manufacturer wouldn't have to face the same safety and design restrictions as Ferrari does making so few vehicles). It's bad business for Ferrari.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Saminlp
        I'm with this guy. There shouldn't be ANY hate towards Ferrari. With this car having as much power as their 458, it would directly compete with the 458. That's called cannibalizing sales. It's the reason why Pontiac wasn't even thinking of a Firebird revival before Pontiac's demise. It's the reason why Porsche builds the Cayman/Boxster to NOT directly compete with the 911.
          Kent Kangley
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          At over half million dollars, this would not have competed with the under quarter million dollar 458.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Saminlp
        It's Lancia, a company that's been on the ropes for years now. They're not going to make any technological revolution. The 430 is annihilated by the 458 (when they aren't on fire) in most every category, they could make manual gearboxed Stratos' for low quantity production while the paddle shift only 458 captures the regular supercar buying crowd.
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ferrari you build brilliant cars but sometimes you're real a-holes!
      wrxfrk16
      • 3 Years Ago
      First they kill every stick shift from their lineup, then they kill the reincarnation of the sickest Lancia ever to stalk the earth. It's sad that I'm honestly starting to hate Ferrari.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wrxfrk16
        You're complaining about the stick shifts? Have you EVER driven a new Ferrari in order to experience how badass the dual clutch gearboxes are? Oh wait, you haven't. I haven't either, but I at least realize that their dual clutch tranny is quite the piece of machinery.
      Kent Kangley
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car was so obviously right, it's no wonder it had to be shut down to preserve the status quo.
      wdcarterjr
      • 3 Years Ago
      The shame about Ferrari is that by the time you can afford it, only your children can get in and out of it.
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