Lancia Ypsilon Spy Photos Remind Us The Fabled Italian Brand Is Still Around
The Lancia brand can mean a lot of different things to those in the automotive industry. For some it is a company that has made fantastic road cars that are as stylish as they are fast, and for others it is one of the most successful and exciting rally teams in history. In addition to its past steeped in history, a new version of its Ypsilon city car has been spotted in the open.
While we bet its Greek name was chosen to sound sophisticated, the vehicle itself is anything but. With such big shoes to fill in, it might not come as a surprise that the current Ypsilon turned out to be a bit of a let down. Not only is this one of the automotive world’s most important grace drops, it’s not even a bespoke Lancia item – it’s loosely based on the Fiat 500.
Semantics aside, the last Ypsilon was spied on very similar to its predecessor. Since only the front fascia is camouflaged, we bet that’s where the changes come in. It’s hard to spot too many differences between these shots, but not everything below seems incredibly important.
For those who might think we’re a little pompous, you need to know what Lancia looked like in its heyday. When Audi tried to take the rallying world by storm in 1983 with its revolutionary all-wheel-drive Quattro, Lancia was committed to doing it the only way with its 037 rear-wheel-drive racing car and one of the best pilots of history. at the wheel, Walter Rohl. Even with the team’s playboy boss Cesare Fiorio at the helm, the team’s vast rally experience proved to be a masterstroke and helped them produce the world championship that year – it remains one of the greatest fairy tales of the David and Goliath rally to this day.
On the road, the Italian automaker has produced vehicles that are not only fast but beautiful. Styled by Pininfarina, the Lancia Gamma is still objectively one of the most attractive cars you can lay eyes on, but it had its downsides. While its 2.5-liter flat-four engine allowed the vehicle to have its incredibly low hood line, it was ridiculously unreliable – the powertrain was just the beginning of its problems, but damn it. was a nice car.
The same could be said with the brand’s performance-oriented road vehicles like the Fulvia, Stratos and Delta Integrale. Each was as fun to watch as it was to drive, but they came with their fair share of issues. As dismal as the Italian automaker’s latest creation may be, it’s certainly nice to know that Vincenzo Lancia’s brand lives on.