Lancia Thema | Automotive Views

29 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Lancia Thema | Automotive Views

cars are completely stock, are discrete (at most they a couple of special badges, body style changes, even a funny looking and so, they’ll fly right under the of anyone who’s not a car fanatic. At point some of you may be saying: right there, your is flawed!

If someone has a car nice/tuned enough to go showing off and picking on other surely he/she’ll be able to the sleepers, no matter how subtle act”; you’d think so you? However, the ignorance out there is much higher you’d expect.

It’s not the car aficionados that go for something got the people who just have too money on their hands and are for something to show off and you also get the with 0 notion of everything came before yesterday no historical knowledge whatsoever. car guys will overlook sometimes, these are very low numbers vehicles, and as such no surprise that they’re missing from a lot of people’s archive.

This is nothing but news! Why? Because you can get a sleeper at a very affordable and just like that left with a ready to go loving machine that’s a ton of fun to with when you want to, but also able to carry the dog, the shopping bags and else you want around you need to.

For now this article be dedicated to European sleepers, the US will be on Automotive Views I chose my 3 very favorite there are many other ones so your “top 3” on topic will probably be from mine, this is my opinion on the subject. Onto really matters, starting something truly special.

Lancia Thema

and gentlemen: the Thema. At this you’re p robably thinking this Lancia has about as presence and beauty as a cereal but you’d be wrong…in fact cereal boxes do much in those departments. Coming the same company that us with automotive x-rated like the Stratos, the 037 and the Flaminia GT, the feels as exciting as a brick.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually of like, but in terms of excitement…you find anything wrong it, but you can’t find anything either. But this whole is misleading because despite like a regular Thema, you see in the picture is anything but regular.

You back in the mid 80’s someone at Lancia looked at a Thema and “meh”, than he probably and continued to do so until he remembered Lancia was owned by Fiat who happened to also own Ferrari…(this is the the little light bulb on). You see, the Ferrari 308 had ended in 85 and apparently there V8’s lying around, and just not right, it’s better to put them to good

So, some mild tweaking the result was the absolutely amazing 8.32, better known as the Ferrari. Why not call it Thema all the time? Because Ferrari Ferrari; they’re always forward to put as much distance as from anything that meet their high ideal, just look at happened to poor Dino…so if you the bonnet on a Thema 8.32 you’ll find written on the is “Lancia by Ferrari”…see the difference?

The 8.32 comes from the itself actually; it refers to the 8 and 32 valves on Ferrari’s disowned V8.  So does this all actually for the Thema? Well, by today’s at first the numbers aren’t impressive: 215bhp, 0 to 60 in about 6.8 and a top speed of just under 150

At this point you’re not the way you’d expect to be when you the whole Lancia with engine concept/pitch right? don’t discard the Thema yet because torque matters and the V8 (especially with the aid of the effective 5 manual gearbox), making the more than capable of the jump on someone or coming far behind and overtaking in a heartbeat.

Plus, with the Lancia you get a companion to cover large with because let’s not this is a serious luxury car all. So prices…this is where it tricky for US buyers; I couldn’t any one of these available now but there been a few up for auction and regular so if you’re really interested, in there, keep your peeled and something will along. If you’re in Europe, news!

These are very sure, it will demand a bit TLC than your ordinary but nothing that will too heavy to handle.

If the Thema your cup of tea and you’re looking for a bit more versatile, but that can go from A to B in “damn that was the Swedes came up with that might just you.  Meet the V70 850 R. Like the it’s a very interesting…box wheels…a suburban box as a matter of because Volvo station screams soccer mom as laud as ear drums can take.

However, as you have guessed by now this is no old school run wagon. Back in 95, asked Porsche for a few pointers in the normal 850 Turbo into a little bit more…defiant; the 850 T5-R was and it sold out so fast that the manufacturer decided it would be a idea to pull the same the following year.

And that is how the 850 R to be; now, there were two sedan and station wagon and of I’m a huge fan of the station because in of appearance, it’s one of the ultimate by any book. Just look at it, you ever suspect it?

The V70 850 R holds a very respectable (that’s from a 5 cylinder engine by the way…) but the real de résistance” is the acceleration of the thing the turbo kicks in; from 0 to 60, the V70 keep you in suspense for over 7 but after that, hold on it will just keep like a bat out of hell. Don’t a particularly smooth ride; is after all a performance machine, so the is stiff, but the interior mak es it better; “rocket bus” has very seats and all the equipment you can possibly in a car.

Plus, you won’t some slight back when the joy of overtaking smug-mobiles all day kicking in. James Mackintosh can sum up the 850R (in his particular the sedan version, but the principal is the much better than me he says “It’s a strange of rock-like solidity and Volvo-ness, and a that feels like … down gallons spitting out flaming baby So…fast, safe, reliable and on top of a master of disguise; doesn’t get better than that! a word of warning to US buyers; you can get clean a V70 850R for a low price, the sold in the States are equipped an automatic 4 speed instead of the 5 speed manual in the European but again, according to Mackintosh, was one of the most efficient gearboxes of its so, you’ll still be able to put it its paces in style.

Last but not least, my favorite Opel of all and one of the great sleepers, perhaps greatest: the Lotus Omega. we continue, first things the pictures I’ve used for article are of a Vauxhall Carlton. As you Opel is marketed in the UK as Vauxhall, why never know…as far as changes go just putting ugly as sin badges and grills on Opels.

So, the Carlton and the Omega are exactly the car. Why (might you ask) the and boring explanation? Because I to make sure you, the had the best pictures possible and are indeed the best ones out so just disregard the stupid wrong badge. On to the important

Why the Lotus Omega is not just one of the sleepers, but also one of the most perfect cars ever Back in the early 90’s, the Omega wasn’t exactly (and when I say “exactly”, I not at all), it was just a big efficient sedan to go from A to B. In conclusion, had to be done about it because “neighbors” were up to no good…and why they have all the fun?

had the E500, BMW had the M5, and Opel…well, Opel got a of mass destruction. General bought Lotus back in 86 and along the line the company it would be a good idea to use the manufacturer’s expertise to promote (Vauxhall) sales. What of the apparently innocent idea was a that caused what Needell referred to as a “national

But I’m getting ahead of myself; Lotus did exactly was take a 177 bhp engine and turn it into a twinturbo 377 bhp powerhouse! 0 to 60: 5.2 seconds – faster than a 12 cylinder Testarossa…top speed: 177mph let’s not forget, this is a lbs car). To handle the new power, fitted the Omega with a six speed manual from the ZR1; the suspension was completely and so were the brakes.

It’s to notice that from a major overhaul, pretty the only thing that the Omega away is the simple kit and small spoiler. But like I was in the beginning of the article, to most this will still be one of a surprise when it blasts by. So, it was fast, but back to Needell’s and why exactly was the Omega such a machine in Britain.

Well, the German giants BMW, and Mercedes) had all agreed on a (155mph) limitation on their in order to prevent the escalation of a top war; the Omega would that by 22mph…in typical overreaction, the Royal Society for th e of Accidents described it as a “high safety hazard” while the of Chief Police Officers it “an outrageous invitation to speed”. the Lotus Omega wasn’t the horseman its critics in the UK claimed it to be, it was a highly desirable target for and that wasn’t good for the because the hottest thing had was a brand new fleet of Senators would max out at under 150mph…As the previous two cars, I wanna a special note for potential US buyers; although it’s unlikely you’ll ever one of these for sale in the States, you can import it under the Department of “Show and Display” exemption.

So if you can it (the car in Europe is not as affordable as the ones; it enjoys a well cult status and that it [relatively] pricey), for heaven’s man/woman, do it now! They’re harder to find every and in the US, they’d be an even more and unique sight than are across the pond.

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