The Lancia Y10 is an iconic city car that was produced by the Italian automaker Lancia from 1985 to 1996. It was based on the second-generation Fiat Panda floorpan but had softer suspension settings, providing a bumpier ride than expected in an otherwise small car. Despite this, the Y10 offered a high level of trim for its market segment.
Initially released under the Autobianchi brand back in 1985, the Y10 was powered by the FIRE engine in 1.0 and 1.1 L versions. The later Y10 Turbo had an exclusive SOHC 1050 cc engine taken from the Autobianchi A112 Abarth and the Fiat 127's most powerful version, only this time turbocharged and able to produce 85 PS (62.5 kW). Lancia later dropped the Autobianchi badge (except in Italy) in favour of their own. The turbocharged engine was also discontinued and a more refined, albeit slower 1.3 GT i.e., with 76 PS (56 kW) was offered.
In spite of its bumpy handling, the Y10 proved to be quite popular, primarily amongst women. The car had a modern and unique style, luxurious trim and offered a continuously variable transmission on certain models. The aerodynamic design - characterized by very sleek lines and a Kammback - also provided great fuel efficiency.
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