The first time I’d ever heard about the Lancia Stratos was way back in the early 1980’s in a Choose Your Own Adventure book called The Race Forever. These books would allow you to literally pick from multiple outcomes based on how you thought the story was going up until that point. In The Race Forever I simply remember the author mentioning the Lancia Stratos and for whatever the reason it stuck in my head until this day. Well, that was then and this is now and according to the above video the “now” seems like it’s going to be a lot more fun than the “then”… confusing isn’t it. Anyway, the new Lancia Stratos is powered by the same 483 hp mill as the Ferrari F430 which promises to make for some extreme excitement when this little pocket rocket hits the streets. The above video is entirely in German, but I did manage to make out the phrase “go-kart” which, as a car guy is very promising.
The new Lancia Stratos is rumored to be going into production with a possible release as a 2012 model. As Americans we can only hope it will make its way to our shores, but since Lancia hasn’t imported cars to the U.S. since 1982 we may just be S.O.L. on this one. Hopefully though I’ll be wrong and we’ll be treated to a bunch of these little speed wedges when they finally reach production.