Lancia Thesis

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Lancia Thesis

W ith limited of Greek alphabetic letters, does not have many to fail again. For 15 years, flagship models did not receive funding, therefore the Thema was a little more than a Fiat Croma (although so was 9000), the Kappa was a derivative of the Alfa 164. That cost, and allowed the cars to be lower than equivalent BMW and but also hurt their

The formula might work in the but no longer worked for the Kappa. if a V6 Kappa was 15% cheaper than an BMW 5-series, which one would you ?

That said, brand is increasingly important for large No one wants the likes of Granada or anymore. They want looking expensive and have a brand sticking on the bonnet. also wants to make its premium brand.

After the of Kappa, it finally understood building a premium brand decent development budget and control to production cost. can no longer build another luxury car. They start from a flagship making it as expensive to feel as rivals to change people#8217;s to the brand. However, without a price to attract people Lancia showrooms, no one will the improvement made on the new car.

Therefore they must way to keep price lower rivals without losing Again, the secret of achieving is to share engines and transmissions Fiat and Alfa Romeo, leaving the chassis – is decisive to the driving character of a car unique.

So, the next Greek letter to Kappa, in Lancia#8217;s is Thesis. From concept to Thesis took a long to take shape. Its concept Dialogo, was reported by AutoZine in around 1997 as I remember.

the final production car, it was by American designer Michael now moved to head Fiat Center. The design emphasis one classics. Everyone should its big grille mounted in front of bonnet, and the front wings separate from the engine Does it look like a classic car? Chrysler PT might applied such design earlier, but Thesis has it cleanly without compromise.

You can see its and front wings curve towards the bumper. The whole is so clean, so creamy smooth, so Elegance is also enhanced by the headlights, the laser-cut-looking assembly gap bonnet and bumper, and the chromed separating the front wings and

Turn 90, side profile is more conventional. Turn to its you will notice it looks similar to Rover 75, with the lid slip towards the tail. the Lancia has a unique LED taillights as a vertical stripe.

It looks cool and elegant. It expensive. The first test has

The Thesis is built on a unique which won#8217;t be used on cars in Fiat group. is strange, considering Fiat was the of platform sharing.

Today, the company is also the first car quitting platform sharing and the age of modular space-frame chassis. by Fiat Multipla (the MPV), the company#8217;s space-frame allows the chassis to be tailored to cars, with flexible and flexible mountings for components to virtually unlimited deviations.

The space-frame chassis of Thesis 4.9 meters in length, very indeed. For instance, a Mercedes is 100mm shorter. Wheelbase is impressive. At 2803mm it equals to S80 but shorter than the E-class and However, as Thesis is front-wheel-drive, like the Volvo, it spends the more efficiently to cabin than the rear-drive Mercedes and

In terms of space, the Thesis is of more spacious than 166 and Peugeot 607, but it does not any new ground either, because other rivals are already spacious. While space is no longer a thing customers ask quality packaging should be the priority. In the Thesis cabin, you see really expensive materials everywhere, such as leather, wool and some understated wood inserts.

The cast-magnesium center console is quality job. This is it can beat any Volkswagen group – the solid feel of sliding out of the magnesium frame. The big and seats are also unrivalled for comfort.

Well, maybe inferior to Renault Vel Satis.

I talk about equipment, but this is a strong card of we must go through once. of all, the front seats heating, ventilation and massager while rear passengers their own climate control. Lancia said there are a of 54 CPUs in the car, giving functions such as memory settings, keyless entry and electric door-opening-and-closing, radar control and ESP.

And then is a clever information and control called CONNECT. This has launched in Alfa 147 and Fiat but the group#8217;s most luxurious gets even more Through the LCD screen on center you can activate phone, TV, audio the 11 speakers Bose Hi-Fi, by the navigation and a telematic information which help you to find hotels, restaurant etc. via with real human.

In you don#8217;t like to pay attention to the during driving, you can use voice instead.

Huge size and lots of leads to a heavy kerb – from 1680kg of the 2.4-litre to 1750kg of range-topping V6. It is than 100kg heavier equivalent BMW and Mercedes. I would liked to see more powerful but because Lancia cannot to develop its own it has to rely on the group#8217;s engines.

These consist of a of Super Fire inline-5, a JTD turbo diesel, a 3.0 V6 from Romeo and an Isuzu 3.0 V6 turbo The fastest is the 215hp Alfa V6, but that can just accelerate 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds. Considering the bias of Thesis, engine is the most appropriate area to with cost concern.

The Super Fire engine is a with VVT, 2-stage intake and balance shaft to 170hp and 167lbft. Despite of manual gearbox, it is still slow.

Next up is another Fire engine. Basically a version of the late Fiat Displacing 2.0-litre, mildly by a light-pressure turbocharger to deliver and 227 lbft. It also has balance and VVT. The turbo even variable nozzle.

The extra gives it much improved ability than the 2.4.

The JTD is 2-valve per cylinder. But there is wrong with common-rail VTG turbo and intercooler. It produces and 225lbft in a less refined way BMW 520d.

Lancia Thesis

You might remember the Isuzu V6 it is sold to Saab 9-5 and Renault Vel as well.

The 3.0 V6 is best of the range. At 194 it is not very torquey. However, in of smoothness and eagerness it is lovely. vocal in Alfa tradition. it quieter, it would have the luxurious manner of Thesis.

It with a 5-speed automatic Tiptronic-style manual override. quality is smooth and responsive

Thesis rides on unique The front are 5-link suspensions, is said to allow virtual axle to be as close as possible to the center, thus benefit accuracy and response. Rear are a new design called multiple-arm Each consists of aluminium and lower arms, a cast pillar and a steel beam.

It is to allow greater degree of thus benefit bump There is also an adaptive called Skyhook, similar to the one by Maserati Spyder.

On motorway, the 5mm-thick glazing and sound work perfectly to keep and tyre noise out of the cabin. It is so that the vocal of Alfa V6 obvious. The chassis feels free of rattles and shake. The is exceptional supple. Skyhook remarkably with rough and even pot holes.

The suspension setting bias the soft side, more a traditional Jaguar instead of an car. German saloons far firmer.

The trade off is handling At 8/10 effort, the Thesis satisfactorily. It changes direction reluctance, it resists roll and provides bags of grip. what separate a good car from an average one is the last of tenths, and here you can see the Thesis

Push harder, and you won#8217;t confidence in its light yet isolated The car turns into understeer than German saloons, ESP intervene gently to correct while reducing throttle.

if we judge Thesis by the standard of car, we will be wrong. is tuned to be a comfortable luxurious car to please Lancia#8217;s customers or to it from German cars. intention is very clear, the styling, from the cabin, the refinement and from the ride you can see this is a pure comfortable

Having understood that we applause for its fine handling in conditions. Compare with and Korean executive sedans, is still recognizably a European

The above report was last on 25 Feb 2002 . All Rights Reserved.

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