The classic Sega Rally champion will return as an exciting slot with next-gen performance.
Lancia It announced plans to bring back the Delta, a hatchback built to stardom through the global success of the Sega Rally video game.
The original Lancia Delta Integrale is a modern classic that combines a tough look with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive.
Like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution or the Subaru WRX STI, the Delta Integrale was designed as a special homologation for racing that required manufacturers to build road examples for competing cars.
As a predecessor to the likes of Subaru’s Impreza WRX, the Lancia Delta Integrale featured in World Rally Championship and the episodic video game, Sega Rally.
It was one of only two cars players could steer in the cutting edge arcade game, becoming the favorite game for millions of car fans around the world.
Speaking to Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper, Lancia CEO Luca Napolitano said the company knows it must bring back Delta.
“Everyone wants the delta,” he said, according to English translations of the interview.
“It will come back and it will be a real Delta: an exciting car, a statement of progress and technology. And of course it will be electric.”
Lancia is part of the Stellantis group including Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Fiat, Maserati, Peugeot, Citroen and more.
The new Delta will share the devices with the other devices in the group.
If Lancia’s latest styling is anything to go by, the Delta may take the form of a droopy, chrome-clad hatchback that’s unlikely to win beauty contests.
but the Hyundai Ioniq 5 It offers a hint at how the upcoming Lancia might interpret the boxy look of the modern era.
Hyundai’s new machine has won design awards, and a few car fans have likened its look to the classic Delta.
In the absence of a modern interpretation of the Delta by Lancia, independent companies have reimagined Delta for wealthy collectors with an emphasis on historic rally machines.
Automobili Amos has won the praise of thousands of enthusiasts to reformulate the Delta using modern technology to increase its strength and reduce weight. The catch is that it costs about $500,000.
If that sounds too dear, consider the reimagined Lancia 037 Coupe by Kimera Automobili.
The agile two-door car costs about $800,000, and only 37 models will be built.
Originally Posted as The legend of the Lancia Delta Sega Rally is preparing for a comeback
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