Lancia and MomoDesign team up once more for the Delta S


April 7, 2013

Delta S is powered by a1.9-liter Twin Turbo MultiJet engine, producing 190 hp and 295 lb.ft (400 Nm) of torque

Delta S is powered by a1.9-liter Twin Turbo MultiJet engine, producing 190 hp and 295 lb.ft (400 Nm) of torque

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MomoDesign has been famous for putting timepieces and custom steering wheels in the hands of the right personalities since 1981. Lancia on the other hand has been an automotive manufacturer with a history of making cars that have not always been awesome, except perhaps in rally form. Put the two in a room together with a bottle of Italian grapes and you get the Lancia Delta S by MomoDesign. This new five-door hatchback offering from the Fiat Group features mostly aesthetic refinements, with a few performance options to back up the makeover.

Externally the Lancia features visual aids in the form of color keyed body parts, shiny headlight trimmings, 18-inch rims and chromed exhaust pipes, which are all visually distracting, though inside is where MomoDesign’s talents are better put to use. A gloss black central console supports the speedometer with yellow details, while blue stitching is located about the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter, handbrake lever and door panels.

Thanks to its Italian heritage, the Delta S incorporates a few contemporary design features. Up front, Lancia’s signature grille treatment is complemented by dual halogen lights, underlined with LED string, that taper in towards the grille and upward and out along the front flanks. From the back and three-quarter view, and depending on the coloring, the Lancia appears either stylish in contrasting colors, or like a Ford Focus in a single color palette. From on high at the rear, the large sunroof covers most of the roof area, while tapering side windows rise up to meet the roofline at the hatchback pivot point.

Rear taillights curve up and over the rear fender, blending into the descending waistline treatment that brackets the narrowed hatch. The design treatment of the taillights puts them too far out to the sides, leaving them alone, to fend for themselves. Overall, the design appears European and contemporary (depending on where you’re standing, the light, and the color scheme).

Technological goodies come in the form of "you’re leaving the road" sensors, and Lancia’s AHS (absolute handling system) the companies take on traction control. Bluetooth hands-free systems, steering wheel mounted controls and a large in-dash multi-functional display are also part of the S deal.

Under the hood of the Delta S is a 1.9-liter Twin Turbo MultiJet engine capable of producing 190 hp and 295 lb.ft. (400 Nm) of torque way down low at 2,000 rpm. The Lancia's copious amounts of torque translate into excellent low end power resulting in a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mph) and a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) run of 7.9 seconds. The Lancia’s twin turbo configuration works off one smaller turbo, providing quicker spin up and power input, while the larger takes over for increased top end performance. Mileage figures are respectable at 6.8 L/km (41.3 mpg) and a range of 848 km (526 miles).

Lancia partnered with MomoDesign in 2007 to create a special edition of the Ypsilon mini, the Ypsilon Sport MomoDesign.

From an innovative perspective, Lancia’s Delta S is more show than go, but given the MomoDesign affiliation, it’s likely the car will do well in European markets. The Delta S for lists out for €26,400.

Source: Lancia

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Angus MacKenzie Born on the cold, barren Canadian plains of Calgary, Alberta, Angus MacKenzie couldn’t decide between marketing, automotives or an entrepreneurial path - so he chose all three. With an education in automotives and marketing, Angus has rebuilt the carburetor on his 1963 Rambler Ambassador twice, gotten a speeding ticket in an F430 once, and driven & photographed everything from Lamborghinis to Maseratis to various German and Asian designs. When not writing, Angus has for the past six years been Editor-in-Chief for elemente, an internationally recognized architecture/design magazine. All articles by Angus MacKenzie

If you set yourself up as an automotive expert I think you better get the facts correct! Almost from its formation, Lancia has been renowned the World over for ground breaking technology. In fact, most of the cars on the road owe major debts to the pioneering work of Vincenzo Lancia. Lancia was the first manufacturer to use unitary construction, a feature of virtually every car. Front wheel drive, radial ply tyres, and five speed gearboxes were all present on Lancia's long before any other manufacturer, as were V6 engines and electric starting.

In the UK, we have a programme that's syndicated across the world, it's called Top Gear, In one episode they asked viewers to write in and tell the hosts who they considered the most important and influential manufacturer of all time was. Very few actually got the right answer, Lancia. HOwever, the team proved why this was the case.

Unfortunately, Lancia has lost its way a little in recent times. However, the new Delta when it was launched did indeed push the boundaries for a short time. Such is the nature of cycle and development times that much of its technology filtered down into the less illustrious marks who your readers probably consider to make better cars. The current range includes some crappy Chryslers which have been reworked to add some European class in terms of the technology, interiors and engines. The most recent example of Lancia trying something different was the Lancia Thesis. This sold pretty well and introduced new technologies to the masses like Skyhook adaptive suspension.

Hopefully, some of your readers are better up on automotive history, both recent and formative.

The Master

I am not impressed at all by the photos. I want to see the vehicle in broad daylight from a normal eyes viewpoint, not from peeping at it from a sewer lid point of view in the dark. Yes I know the night views are dramatic but when I buy a car I have to live with ii for a few years and I want something pleasing to my eye. These melodramatic night scenes are useless, as well as being phony and leave me with the feeling that they are all the usual automotive BS. I don't need worm eye views of the butt end of the car, What does it look like to me when I walk to it to get into it? Or are they trying to hide something, like will it be a maintenance nightmare. The photos completely turn me off.

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