NEW STRATOS, THE RE­TURN OF A LEG­END

All About Italy (USA) - - Cars - Ste­fano Valen­tini

The Lan­cia Stratos has un­doubt­edly been one of the most leg­endary sports and rally car names of all time and visi­tors of ma­jor mo­tor shows dur­ing this year will be able to please their eyes with its new ver­sion, the New Stratos, built by be­spoke sports car man­u­fac­turer Man­i­fat­tura Au­to­mo­bili Torino (MAT). MAT will pro­duce in an ex­tremely lim­ited series of only 25 spec­i­mens of the con­cept car de­signed by Pin­in­fa­rina in 2010 at the re­quest of rally en­thu­si­ast and chair­man of ve­hi­cle parts sup­plier Brose, Michael Stoschek, who for­tu­nately autho­rized the re­ply. The strik­ing de­sign of the New Stratos pays homage to its world-fa­mous pre­de­ces­sor – of which just 492 ex­am­ples were pro­duced be­tween 1973 and 1978 – of­fer­ing a new ex­cit­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the most fa­mous and suc­cess­ful rally car of the past and fully rep­re­sent­ing its char­ac­ter as de­sign and sport icon. The New Stratos – whose in­te­rior re­tains the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the orig­i­nal car, such as in­te­grated sup­port for the hel­mets in the doors – prom­ises an ex­pe­ri­ence that no other su­per-car can as­sure on tight and twisty roads thanks to its en­gine that can de­liver over 550HP, light­weight de­sign, and spe­cially tuned sus­pen­sions and the ideal bal­ance de­liver.

The 25 units will be of­fered world­wide, with the cus­tomer hav­ing a choice of dif­fer­ent op­tions and ver­sions – a GT racer, a Sa­fari ver­sion, and a third that MAT refers to as “a com­pe­tent su­per-car for daily use”.

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