While the Italians are known for making cars that match their passion for life, the cars they're most famous for aren't exactly known for being amenable to enjoying life's other greatest passion. While an F430 Spyder may edge una bella donna towards amore, the mechanics of making that happen in transit would baffle an F1 engineer. That's where the Lancia Phedra comes in. It's not as attractive as your average Pininfarina-designed roadster, but it's got swiveling seats, lots of room and a 170 hp Multijet engine (and in case you didn't notice, the badge on the back reminds you it achieves 170 hp). So if you've got game, but still live with your mom, it represents quite the value over the F430. Press release below.
The New 170 HP Phedra 2.2 Multijet presented at the Brussels International Motorshow
From January 17 to 27, 2008, the 86th edition of the Brussels International Motorshow will exhibit what is new in the world of automobiles and motorcycles. Together with the New Musa - recently presented at Frankfurt and Bologna - Lancia will introduce the New Phedra, the best example of the "Italian art of living" now offering revised looks for vehicle exterior and interior, a more comprehensive range and above all a new 2.2 Multijet 170 HP powerplant coupled to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission (the latter coming on stream next Spring).
Produced as a joint-venture with PSA of France, in line with the mutually beneficial collaboration dating back to 1994, the new model reproposes the generous overall dimensions, i.e. 4.75 length by 1.86 width by 1.75 height, combined with the luxury of an interior carefully planned in the smallest details and provided with a set of safety, comfort and telematics devices placing it right at the top of its class, as confirmed also by the 5-star Euro NCAP award.
Thus, the Nuova Phedra motorist can choose the dimension of mobility, as well as the extent of conviviality. Without, however, renouncing the vision of the automobile as an object of design, precious materials recognizable by feel, quietly relaxing, comfort at hand, driving and riding pleasure. On board the Lancia Phedra one discovers how engineering and performance combine to assure a sensation of wellbeing.
But the outstanding novelty of the new model is the introduction of the brilliant 2.2 Multijet which delivers 170 HP at 4,000 rpm for 370 Nm max. torque starting from as low as 1500 rpm. Excellent performance, also thanks to the sequential-parallel twin-turbo unit providing fast response times right from low revs for high elasticity, driving pleasure and performance.
Coupled to a 6-speed manual, the powerplant propels the Nuova Phedra 2.2 Multijet to 200 km/h max. speed with 0-100 km/h acceleration in 10 seconds (against the 11.4 seconds of the 136 HP 2.0 Multijet for virtually the same fuel consumption). Overall, this outstanding performance makes for high cruising speeds, good acceleration and pickup, with an eye to fuel consumption. Yet again, Nuova Phedra is at top of its class with a perfect balance between style, habitability and comfort (capacity of up to 7 adults) and excellent driving pleasure. Moreover, emission levels are down thanks to the adoption of a DPF particulate filter.
Finally, in some markets it will be available with "Lancia VIP Service", the exclusive mobility package with its mobile shop active 24/7 ready to intervene in the unlikely event of trouble, and at no extra cost for the life of the warranty . Also, the owner no longer has to turn in his vehicle for scheduled service: Lancia provides a taxi service for seamless mobility.
A new style in the tradition of Italian elegance and taste
A quick look at the Nuova Phedra is all it takes to discover a front end now even more imposing and refined. This is due to the exclusive grill and chromed bumper inserts ideally matching the new Lancia logo. And the same emblem is to be found also on both the side pillar and rear end, paired with the new lettering "Phedra", in smart italics, and with the engine symbol "170 HP": a match wonderfully representing the temperament of the 2.2 Multijet, coupled to the innate class of the Lancia SUV.
The outline of the new Lancia is made even more appealing by the special 16" bi-color alloy rims. And owners may choose from eleven bodywork colors (including the three new metallics now available, i.e. Guercino Grey, Lorenzetti Bordeaux and Florentine Blue, and 5 types of cloth interiors in Alcantara® or leather.
Thus, only a few exterior touches to make the outline of the Nuova Phedra even more refined and distinctive. Inside the vehicle the comfort and style excellence typical of Lancia is all around, as confirmed by the sensation of muffled elegance upon entering. The spacious interior is limousine-like, and the front seats which swivel through 180 degrees facilitate conversation, or work face to face, or an improvised family picnic. Not to mention the feeling of warmth, protection and welcoming of luxurious materials such as Alcantara® or leather which, emphasized by a discreet insert of tanganykan or brazilian rosewood, cover the entire interior with a cocooning effect for the occupants.
Comfort features also include tilting tables on the rear of the seat backs, leather lined grab handles on center pillars (assisting second and third row occupant entry and exit) and drawers under the front seats. Not forgetting the luggage compartment with a capacity of 324 dm3, increasing to almost 3,000 dm3 with rear seats folded.
The Nuova Phedra has a reflex-free dash with two large closed compartments, covered with a combination of PVC for the frontal area and Alcantara® Starlite at top and bottom. Also the seats have been improved. For example, the Argento version has Castiglio (a chocolate color) side trim and cloth (Tex Carbony) Magnesium color cloth (Tex Carbony) center trim. The other two versions , namely Oro and Platino, come with Alcantara® Starlite Blue or two-tone Beige/Chocolate upholstery as standard equipment (a luxurious perforated leather in the same color is available on request).
In short, all the distinction and prestige of a great sedan for the élite, with the flexibility and room of a large SUV: this is the Nuova Phedra. All of which is rendered appealing by Italian class and elegance, recognizable in the most minute details. In fact, the new Lancia model is the right solution for motorists wishing to travel in style, comfort and safety, who are curious, on the move, seeking interesting places to discover and share the experience with others. But without detracting from their exclusive lifestyle, or without giving up the habit of surrounding themselves with beautiful objects which in their category represent the best the market has to offer. Indeed, the Nuova Phedra fits perfectly the concept of "Italian art of living". [Lancia via World Car Fans]