Lancia Thema 8.32 (1986): a refined sedan with a V8 source Ferrari

Lancia launched the Thema in the distant year 1984. It was a project intended to return the fame to Lancia, which had suffered from quality problems in the 70’s and early 80’s, like many other Italian manufacturers. The platform of the Lancia Thema was fully galvanised, and was shared with the Alfa Romeo 164, the Fiat Croma and the Saab 9000. The most interesting of the Lancia Thema is apellidaba 8.32. What many didn’t know was that a fast and discreet saloon had a Ferrari engine in his bowels.

Lancia Thema 8.32. 8 by the number of cylinders, 32 by the number of valves of the engine.

Lancia wanted a version flagship for the brand, and the proximity corporate with Ferrari gave them an interesting idea. what if we mounted an eight-cylinder motor in the Lancia Thema? the brand’s engineers knew that the motor would move the train forward, as they mount an all-wheel drive system – or convert the Theme to propulsion – it would be too expensive, especially talking about a version of little volume. They knew they could not be passed with the power, and they played with the limit that the front of the Thema could digest.

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Used the V8 engine of 2.9 liters and 32 valves Ferrari 308, but instead of using the typical crankshaft and flat-plane of the Ferrari, they used a conventional crankshaft. I also had a few smaller valves, and a different order of power. The goal was to make something more civilized the engine, more suitable for a saloon; this compact V8 engine developing 240 HP in the sport of Maranello. The result was a 215 HP to 6,750 rpm, with a large – for the time and car weight – maximum torque of 285 Nm at 4,500 rpm.

Only by opening the hood and seeing the engine you could know that your V8 had been manufactured by Ferrari.

All the power was going to the front through a manual gearbox five relationships, without the option to cash automatically. With a weight of 1,400 pounds – what light were the cars in the mid 80’s – let a 0 to 100 km/h in only 6.8 seconds, with a peak speed of 240 km/h. At that time, was the car front wheel drive fastest on the market. Lancia had that catalyze the motor to be able to sell the Thema 8.32 in some markets, losing 10 HP on the road, and 0.4 seconds in the 0 to 100 km/h.

lancia-thema-ferrari-11Aesthetically, the Lancia Thema 8.32 – also known as the Lancia Thema Ferrari – was very similar to other Thema. Only the most experienced could distinguish the tire-specific 15-inch, emblems specific to the version and a curious spoiler-retractable. This spoiler was the only big difference to level aerodynamic with other Thema: expanded from 140 km/h to provide a train rear more settled at high speed. Was flush with the tailgate and you could manually upload at a lower speed.

Fernando Martín, the first Spanish player in the NBA, suffered a fatal accident with a Thema 8.32 in December of 1989.

The car had a good team of braking to the time – ventilated discs front, 284 mm – and a firmer suspension than other Thema, which will gained good praises dynamics in the test of time, that of the other part not noticed loss of the motor skill by carry a V8 engine hung from the front axle. The interior of the Lancia Thema 8.32 was a real luxury: seats, dashboard and steering wheel were covered in leather Poltrona Frau, upholstered by hand by craftsmen at the facilities of the specialist.

lancia-thema-ferrari-4was Also trimmed in wood and high-quality option to the upholstery of Alcantara. The instrumentation was very full, with a check-control to the boot – was very fashionable at the time – and a cuentavueltas which ended at 9000 rpm. Not everything was wonderful in the Lancia Thema 8.32. Had a fuel consumption voracious, and he had to do the distribution every 40,000 km (some recommend every 20,000 km). An operation face, very labor-intensive. Nor had the best reliability of the moment.

There was a Thema engine 2.0 turbo 8-valve 205-HP the Delta Integrale, which was almost as fast as the 8.32.

The Lancia Thema 8.32 was sold until 1991, when it failed to comply with the regulations anti-pollution without a significant investment. 3.971 units were sold, and only 64 units were sold in a shade of special, identical to that of the Ferrari’s of the time. Yes, the BMW M5 of the era was faster – the fantastic M5 E28 developed in 1985 to a whopping 286 BHP – but the Thema was not so far away from the vehicle are German, with which he sought to compete on the basis of design, refinement, and “cuore”.