LANCIA DELTA HF INTEGRALE

This automobile has a 5 door hatchback type body styled by Giugiaro with a front located engine supplying power to all four wheels. Its engine is a turbocharged petrol, 2 litre, double overhead camshaft 4 cylinder with 4 valves per cylinder. This unit develops 212 bhp (215 PS/158 kW) of power at 5750 rpm, and maximum torque of 314 N·m (232 lb·ft/32 kgm) at 2500 rpm. A 5 speed manual gearbox transmits the power to the wheels. The Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v weighs a stated 1340 kg at the kerb. The Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v is said to be able to attain a top speed of 220 km/h, or 137 mph, manufacturer claimed fuel consumption figures are 8.2/10.6/13.0 l/100km 90 km/h / 120 km/h / urban cycle.

The following year this evolved into the Lancia Delta HF Integrale – one of the most awesome rally cars the planet has ever seen. With more aggressive styling to highlight its competitive character, this hot hatch dominated the World Rally Championship with 46 outright victories, six successive Constructors’ Championships (1987 to 1992) and four individual Drivers’ Championships.

Lancia enthusiasts naturally wanted their share of the action, and the company was happy to oblige. In any event it was necessary to homologate the new HF Integrale model, but sales of road-going versions far exceeded the minimum requirement for racing approval.

Before the series was discontinued in 1994 over 44,000 Integrales were sold – an impressive total.

This is perhaps not surprising, for the HF Integrale’s rally success was reflected in the fact that this five-door hatchback was a very practical road car, with enough unique styling touches to let everyone know it was special. 

Permanent 4WD coupled with a sophisticated torque splitter made for clingy roadholding, complemented by rally suspension and ultra-efficient brakes. The fuel-injected twin-cam engine made for scorching acceleration and stratospheric top speed – performance that was even better with the advent of a 16-valve version.

This really was (and is) the ultimate driver’s car. Enjoy!

DID YOU KNOW?

Lancia liked the HF Integrale so much that it produced several special editions over the years, often celebrated with an in-car plaque – these included the 5 World Rally Champion, 6 World Rally Champion, Pearl White, Blue Lagos and Edizione Finale.

The HF Integrale had a top speed of 134 mph (215 km/h) and could go from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.4 seconds.

Some text taken from 501 Must-Drive Cars published by Bounty Books with permission.

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