Lancia Delta HF Integrale

Lancia Delta HF Integrale 1980s Italian sports car

It would be difficult to overstate the iconicism of the Lancia Delta HF Integrale. It swept all comers aside - on the road, and in competition. In the year and a half following its launch - in 1987 - the Delta Integrale won 14 World Championship rallies. Driver Miki Biasion took full advantage - garnering two world titles.

The Integrale's original 8-valve cylinder head motor made 185bhp. In '89, it was replaced by a 16-valve head. Power increased to 200bhp. The new model totted up 13 top-flight rally wins. Juha Kankunnen took the '91 drivers' title. In time, the fruits of such success trickled down. The road-going Integrale's finely-tuned 4-wheel-drive set-up gave good handling, in all conditions. Combine that with a 2-litre turbo-charged engine - and you had a perfect blend of speed and precision. As a hatchback, practicality was a given. But there were little luxuries, too. Like Recaro seats, electric front windows, and a cute instrument panel. It all added up to an impressively 'integrated' package.

Wide wheel-arches and fat tyres presented a splayed and purposeful muscularity of form. The styling was not 'boxy' - but minimalist! As all-rounders go, then, few cars have held a candle to the Lancia Delta HF Integrale!

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