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Lancia Thema 1984 posters

Lancia Thema

The Lancia Thema was an executive car built by the Italian automaker, Lancia, between 1985 and 1994. The Thema was one of four models that shared the "Type Four" chassis, alongside the Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma and Saab 9000. It was available as a sedan and station wagon designed by Pininfarina. The Thema was one of the most spacious and comfortable European cars of its time. The Thema re-established Lancia as a leading luxury automaker after the troubles the brand experienced with the Lancia Beta in the 1970s. Fiat had just sold one of their factories to Russia, receiving poor quality steel in place of money. This steel went into various Fiat products in the 1970s and 1980s, nearly ruining the company. The Thema, however, used a galvanized chassis which completely reversed this trend. The build quality was higher than the Croma and at par with the Saab 9000, although the sales organization in various markets was poor due to which the secondhand values dropped. The Lancia Thema was discontinued in 1994 when the marque withdrew from right-hand drive markets, including Britain, due to a fall in the car's popularity. Lancia, however, continued as one of the most popular manufacturers in Italy with the Thema's replacement, the Lancia Kappa.


The engine range of the Thema was based on a series design by Aurelio Lampredi, a renowned engine designer formerly employed by Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. It included a straight-four petrol engine in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged versions that delivered good performance. Earlier models included the 2.8 liter PRV V6 engine which was developed in cooperation with Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo. This was replaced in 1992 with the 3.0 liter V6 Alfa Romeo.

Thema 8.32

The ultimate version of the Thema was the 8.32, equipped with the 3.0 liter Ferrari Dino V8 engine. This engine was based on the Ferrari 308 qv, with some of them assembled by Ducati Maranello and featured a V8 split-plane crankshaft as opposed to the flat-plane used in Ferrari cars. It produced 215 bhp (160 kW) in the Series 1 models and 205 bhp (153 kW) in the Series 2, with a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h) and 149 mph (240 km/h) respectively. The 8.32 had great performance, with the Turbo version being faster than the Series 2 from 0 to 100 km/h, and also featured a luxurious wood-and-leather interior created by Poltrona Frau. However, the expensive £40,000+ price tag in UK, and only left-hand drive models available, limited its appeal leading to only 9 being sold in the country and just 3,537 being built overall between 1986 and 1991.

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