Lancia Thema

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Lancia Thema
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Production 1984 - 1994
358,000 units
3,971 8.32 units
Class Mid-size Luxury/Executive
Body Style 4-door, 5-seat Sedan
5-door, 5-seat Station Wagon
Length 180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width 69.1 in (1755 mm)
Height 56.7 in (1440 mm)
Wheelbase 104.7 in (2660 mm)
Weight 2535-2866 lb (1150-1300 kg)
Transmission 5-speed Manual, FWD
3-speed Automatic, FWD
Engine Petrol:
2.0 litre Inline-4
2.0 litre turbocharged Inline-4
2.8 litre V6
3.0 litre (2927 cc) Ferrari V8, 32 valve

2.5 litre turbodiesel Inline-4
Power Series 1
215 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm

Series 2
205 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Renault Safrane
Rover 800

Designer Italdesign (sedan)
Pininfarina (station wagon)

The Lancia Thema was an executive car produced by the Italian automaker Lancia between 1984 and 1994, and was one of four cars to share the "Type Four" chassis alongside the Alfa Romeo 164, Fiat Croma and Saab 9000. The Thema was first shown in Turin Motor Show in 1984.

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Engine and Transmission


Thema powerplants originated from the Fiat engine series designed by Aurelio Lampredi, the famed engine designer formerly of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. The straight-4 2.0 L petrol engine, available in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged versions, was refined and offered good performance. Earlier Themas were also offered with a 2.8 L PRV V6 engine, developed in cooperation with Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo. This unit was replaced in 1992 with a 3.0 L Alfa Romeo V6 engine (Fiat had bought Alfa Romeo in 1986 and got access to this engine).

Model Displacement Power Torque Note Top Speed/0–100 km/h/s
2.0 8V1995 cc120 PS (88 kW; 120 hp) @5250 rpm170 N·m (130 lb·ft) @3300 rpm1985–1989195 km/h (121 mph) /9.7
2.0 8V1995 cc116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @5600 rpm162 N·m (119 lb·ft) @4000 rpm1987–1989191 km/h (119 mph) /10.4
2.0 8V1995 cc116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) @5600 rpm162 N·m (119 lb·ft) @4000 rpm1989–1995195 km/h (121 mph) /11.4
2.0 16V1995 cc146 PS (107 kW; 144 hp) @6000 rpm173 N·m (128 lb·ft) @4000 rpm1989–1992202 km/h (126 mph) /10.4
2.0 16V1995 cc155 PS (114 kW; 153 hp) @6500 rpm181 N·m (133 lb·ft) @3500 rpm1992–1995205 km/h (127 mph) /10.1
2.0 Turbo 8V1995 cc166 PS (122 kW; 164 hp) @5500 rpm290 N·m (210 lb·ft) @2750 rpm1985–1988 218 km/h (135 mph) /7.2
2.0 Turbo 8V1995 cc150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @5500 rpm245 N·m (181 lb·ft) @2700 rpm1988–1989 210 km/h (130 mph)/7.9
2.0 Turbo 16V1995 cc180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp) @5500 rpm270 N·m (200 lb·ft) @2500 rpm1989–1992 222 km/h (138 mph) /8.0
2.0 Turbo 16V1995 cc205 PS (151 kW; 202 hp) @5750 rpm304 N·m (224 lb·ft) @3750 rpm1992–1995 230 km/h (143 mph) /7.2
2.9 V6 12V2849 cc150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @5250 rpm245 N·m (181 lb·ft) @2700 rpm1985–1989 208 km/h (129 mph) /8.2
2.9 V6 12V2849 cc150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @5000 rpm225 N·m (166 lb·ft) @3500 rpm1989–1992 205 km/h (127 mph) /8.4
3.0 V6 12V2959 cc175 PS (129 kW; 173 hp) @5500 rpm250 N·m (180 lb·ft) @4500 rpm1992–1995 220 km/h (137 mph) /8.1
3.0 V8 32V2927 cc215 PS (158 kW; 212 hp) @6750 rpm285 N·m (210 lb·ft) @4500 rpm1987–1989 240 km/h (149 mph)/6.8
3.0 V8 32V2927 cc205 PS (151 kW; 202 hp) @6750 rpm263 N·m (194 lb·ft) @5000 rpm1989–1992 235 km/h (146 mph) /7.2
2.5 TD2445 cc101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp) @4100 rpm217 N·m (160 lb·ft) @2300 rpm1985–1989 185 km/h (115 mph) /11.9
2.5 TD2499 cc118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp) @3900 rpm245 N·m (181 lb·ft) @2200 rpm1989–1992 195 km/h (121 mph) /11.0
2.5 TD2499 cc118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp) @4100 rpm245 N·m (181 lb·ft) @2400 rpm1992–1995 195 km/h (121 mph) /11.5


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Thema 8.32

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Thema 8.32

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First Generation/Origins (1984-1994)

The Thema was available as a sedan and as a station wagon designed by Pininfarina, and was considered one of the most spacious and comfortable European cars of its time. In addition to the sedans, 21,074 Thema station wagons were built by Pininfarina between 1986-1994 in their Borgo San Paolo plant.[1]

The Thema re-established Lancia as a high-quality luxury manufacturer with a galvanized steel chassis and rust protection that equaled or bettered that of its competitors. Build quality was higher than the Fiat Croma's and on par with the Saab 9000's. The sales organisation, however, was poor in many markets and secondhand values for the car suffered.

Production of the Thema ceased in 1994 when Lancia withdrew from right-hand drive markets (including the United Kingdom) in response to dwindling popularity and sales. (The station wagon version was never offered in right-hand drive.) Lancia continued, however, to be one of the most popular manufacturers in the Italian market and the Thema's replacement, the Lancia Kappa, sold well.

Thema 8.32

The ultimate Thema, the '8.32' ("8" standing for the number of cylinders and "32" for the number of valves) was assembled at Lancia's S. Paolo plant in Turin.[2] It used a 2927 cc Ferrari V8. This engine was based on the unit used in the Ferrari 308 qv and some of the componentry was assembled by Ducati[3] from castings made at Maranello. The engine differed from other Ferrari V8s of the time in that it was equipped with a cross-plane type crankshaft rather than the usual flat-plane crankshaft, smaller valves and different firing order. All this to make the engine characteristics more suitable in a four door luxury saloon. Both Series 1 and 2 cars in non catalysed form produced 215 PS (158 kW; 212 hp) and were capable of 0–100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and 240 km/h (149 mph) whilst catalysed versions were slightly detuned to 205 PS (151 kW; 202 hp) which gave 0–100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and 235 km/h (146 mph).

The car offered good performance (though the Turbo version was quicker than the catalytic version from 0 to 100 km/h) and excellent refinement, including a luxurious hand made wood-and-leather interior by Poltrona Frau complete with the same luxury equipment as LX versions of the Thema. Unfortunately, a price tag of £40,000 (or more) in Britain, and the fact that only left hand drive versions were produced, limited its appeal with only 9 being officially sold there. This version of the Thema also sold in limited numbers in Italy with 2370 Series 1 built between 1986 and 1988 and 1601 Series 2 built between 1989 and 1992. 64 numbered vehicles were made, 32 series 1 and 32 series 2. These were only available in Ferrari-red.

5 non catalyst Thema 8.32s were exported to Taiwan and 2 of them still survive today.


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The Fiat Group

Abarth | Alfa Romeo | Autobianchi | Ferrari | Fiat | Lancia | Innocenti | Maserati | Iveco | Chrysler | Dodge | Ram | Jeep

1907–1918: Alfa-12HP · Dialfa-18HP · Beta-15/20HP · Delta-20/30HP · Epsilon · Eta-30/50HP · Gamma-20HP · Theta-35HP · Zeta-12/15HP

1918-1945: Aprilia · Ardea · Artena · Astura · Augusta · Dilambda · Kappa · Dikappa · Lambda · Trikappa

1945-1980: Appia · Aurelia · Beta · D20 · D23 · D24 · D25 · D50 · Flaminia · Flavia · 2000 · Fulvia · Gamma · Montecarlo · Stratos HF

1980-2006: Dedra · Delta S4 · Kappa · LC1 · LC2 · Lybra · Prisma · Thema · Thema 8.32 · Trevi · Y10 · Ypsilon · Zeta · 037 (Group B)

Current models: Musa · Phedra · Thesis · Ypsilon · Delta

Rally cars: 037 · Stratos Rally Car · Delta HF Integrale Rally Car

Concept: Fulvia Concept · Delta HPE Concept · Stratos Zero Concept

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