Lighter, faster, meaner – the Futurista looks like a worthy successor to Lanica’s rally tearaway.
Another legend has made a comeback with modern underpinnings. Coachbuilder Automobili Amos has dragged the Lancia Delta Integrale into 2018 with its new Futurista.
Built around an original Delta chassis, the modern car trades the old hatchback’s body panels for hand-beaten aluminium units that, with any luck, will be more resistant to rust than the originals. Low blow, sorry. Although it’s wider than before, a handful of carbon-fibre panels help the Futurista weigh in 90kg lighter than the car on which it’s based.
The rear doors have been dropped, which helps as well. Authenticity be damned, it looks brilliant.
Inside, the boxy Lancia interior has been lovingly re-trimmed in brown suede, with classic Recaro seats melding with modern switchgear. The centre console is trimmed in carbon-fibre, while the custom steering wheel has integrated buttons. Thankfully, the classic gauges appear to have made the leap to 2018 unchanged.
Power comes from a reworked take on the original 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, with new cooling, air intake and exhaust components helping bump power to 245kW, putting this classic up there with the modern Ford Focus RS on paper. Fitting, given the Delta’s heritage as a manic rally weapon, we’re sure you’ll agree.
A strengthened transmission and central differential mean it’ll hit 100km/h in just 4.0 seconds from standstill without blowing up, which is always a positive. Also in place to deal with the extra go are a revised suspension and bigger brakes.
Just 15 examples will be built, and they’re not going to be cheap. You’ll pay more than $500,000 for the privilege of having your Integrale turned into a Futurista. Please, someone do it and then let us (okay, me) drive it. Please?
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