Friday, February 11, 2011

New Lancia Stratos: 40 Buyers Interested in Ferrari-Based Supercar, Price Estimated at €400,000 or $545,000

A small series production of the Lancia-badged New Stratos seems increasingly likely as time passes by and more people learn about the supercar created by Pininfarina for German businessman Michael Stoschek.

According to the latest announcement, so far 40 potential buyers from Europe and other regions have registered their interest in the New Stratos, but Pininfarina and Stoschek believe that this number will continue to increase after the massive exposure from test drives and presentations in a variety of car magazines in their February and March issues.

The original cost of development of the New Stratos is rumored to be around €3 million but the company believes it can sell the supercar for somewhere around €400,000 or $545,000, which includes €100,000 for a Ferrari F430 donor car and €300,000 for the conversion.

The New Stratos, which pays homage to the legendary 1970s Lancia rally car made with parts borrowed from the Ferrari Dino V6, was designed and built by Pininfarina. Underneath its carbon-fibre body clothes lays a cut-down Ferrari 430 Scuderia chassis complete with its 4.3-liter V8 engine churning out an improved 540 ponies and over 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of peak torque.

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