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Lancia Thema 8.32

Lancia Thema 8.32

It might look like a mundane 1980s saloon, but the Thema 8.32 had a hidden secret. Under the bonnet, the car was equipped with a quad cam Ferrari engine -the 8 stood for V8 and the 32 referred to the number of valves. The engine was originally derived from the Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole, but most of them were built by Ducati. With modified suspension to cope with the extra power, the 8.32 was a startling machine, with incredible performance and superb handling. But it was also luxurious, with an interior trimmed in light ash wood and leather. Among its more unusual options was a rear aerofoil that could be manually operated by the driver. Because the 8.32 was only sold in limited numbers, right-hand-drive versions were never engineered and it was never sold officially in right-hand-drive markets such as the United Kingdom.

Lancia Thema 8.32 Specifications

Top speed:140 mph (227 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:179 ci (2,927 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:215 bhp (159 kW) at 6,750 rpm
Max torque:210 lb ft (285 Nm)
Weight:3,087 lb (1389 kg)
Economy:17mpg (6.1 km/I)
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