2007 Lancia Thesis car review @ Top Speed

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The Thesis, Lancia s new flagship, is our interpretation of the big prestige saloon In other words, typically craftsmanship and the ability to give a new to cutting edge engineering.

is assured, for example, by using materials not merely for their but also for the sensory reactions arouse. On a more hi-tech the information and telematic technology on the Lancia Thesis meets its desires with immediacy the machine adapts to man and not the other way

The Lancia Thesis is built for the demanding market band, for who want to maintain complete of in-car comfort and activities when not at the wheel: from the of interior space to climate and the use of tools communicate with the world and gain access to the — for work or pleasure.

The new slots into a segment includes a select band of selected by the biggest Manufacturers to the cream of present-day in-car

The Thesis s task, within rarefied environment, is to repackage s great heritage of creativity and skill. Beginning with the the first car in the world with a body and independent front the Aprilia that boasted a Cd of back in the early Thirties the average figure for cars of the was 0.60. The Aurelia concealed the V6 engine ever fitted to a production car under its bonnet, the Delta s technological superiority was by the six consecutive titles it won in the world championship.

Cars that because they represent a of contemporary technological innovation and the quality of an unmistakably élite

All current market surveys a persistent demand for technology is less soul-less than currently on offer. There to be a need for warmth, higher of craftsmanship, greater attention to the These trends are indicative of a general movement to re-appropriate the art of and contrive to be at peace with

This is the philosophy that the feelings of the new managerial class.

s venerable chromosomes make it than other brands at this new world of luxury. It is equipped to respond to the needs of who know about technology but are aware of the value of tradition; who product substance but also and prestige.


The Lancia is a big luxury car that measures a under five metres in and displays certain motifs bring part glories the present: high front, bonnet and an upturned wedge-shaped These traits are, immediately offset by smooth and crisp corners combined in a new stylistic language.

A car of emotion unhesitatingly rejects rationalism and sparseness in favour of a large, grille and diamond-shaped headlamps. The are separated by the grille and enfolded by shapely wings.

The new integrated end replaces the customary protruding to do away with the section hangs over from the car and the division of the front end into and below . The result is a new vertical wing, grille, wing. imposing, distinctive motif is to become an obligatory point of for future Lancia cars now on.

The side of the Lancia Thesis features clean, uncluttered The side line starts the front wing and runs along the car s waistline from to tail-light. It therefore helps the limousine effect by lengthening the

The hunky, protective shoulders and front and rear overhangs to increase the sensation of importance by the car.

The sides and front reveal the barest hints of chrome and there. Here: a subtle framing the long, dark of the windows and two inserts to set off the door There: the grille and triangular surround.

The well-proportioned, striking end brings all the lines and elements form the Lancia Thesis to a conclusion.

When viewed the rear, the integral bumper room for vertical motifs. important of these are the fins drop from the pillar and away to set off the subtle and innovative led to perfection. By day, these like two understated chrome by night they are red and orange both one centimetre wide make the car unique and immediately even on the motorway.

The entire end is dominated by a roomy raised (slightly reminiscent of the Flaminia). displays a transverse ridge adds a touch of crispness to an flowing outline.


The is luxurious, generous and protective. An involving place. The Lancia passenger compartment is enfolding and using soft Alcantara®, or leather to enfold the passengers in a embrace.

The surfaces are full, and even dynamic with that cut across the shapes to the car character and vigour.

The facia is supported by a central column. separates the two front seats have been set apart to room for a high, broad that both occupants can use without getting in each s way. The technological brain of the is also housed in the same a seven-inch colour screen on either side by switches and underneath by a row of reconfigurable keys.

The seats feature rounded, comfortable shapes that maximum comfort and the aesthetic of a luxury environment. The elongated is reminiscent of a first-class airline The central area is deliberately and makes the seats look as they belong in your

Rear passengers also comfort and a satisfying sense of because the seats are two true joined by curves and countercurves. The is the same as for the front seats, saddle-shaped head-restraints that outstanding comfort without the driver s view. This saloon offers one of the best passenger room specifications in its thanks to its long wheelbase.

The material selection lays the on leather, ultra-soft Poltrona hide and Alcantara®. Lancia has to wool with a vengeance for the and the central trim band runs unbroken around the compartment. An understated wooden adds an extra touch of Lastly, the central console and are made out of pressure cast

The resulting environment is made out of exclusive, sophisticated materials are a far cry from the cold, rational typical of other cars in segment.

A top-class specification, for top-class motorists. The sort of who can appreciate the tasteful monochromatic created by the materials. For example, the grey or blue of the facia recurs in the seats, door and even the floor carpet.

The Thesis instruments and controls are as one would expect from an car. These feature round, clear, three-dimensional with numbers that to float in space (the is to the Aurelia and Flaminia). One glance all the information required.

The action is to consulting your wristwatch, the accurate analogue hands you everything you want to know having to decode a lot of figures. the lights come on, the dashboard the simplicity of the past with electroluminescent technology that the instruments easier to read by them against a soft background.


The Lancia also interfaces with its in an appealing, practical way: instrument panel to central Here you can find a seven-inch screen flanked on either by switches for direct access to the menus and completed underneath by a row of keys. The keys change according to the menu selected for virtual communication.

They are to control CONNECT, the sophisticated telematic system that users to the world of services by Targasys.

CONNECT offers more than its competitors. In words, the possibility of talking to a live person. This is a call centre operator who is to provide information, resolve and offer a wide range of at any time.

All you have to do to gain to this new world of services is to the green CONNECT key. you are in contact with one of the 750 operators at the Contact Centre in Arese. veritable factory produces and information 365 days a year. are just a phone call from operators who speak language (14 are already active), can them find their way and them information on traffic and the weather en route to their

They can even recommend a and book a hotel. In the future, will also be able to buy ticket for motorists. And, if they can send out a rescue Someone who can guide you step by to your destination, remind you of and notify you of traffic changes.

still remembering to give the of a match played by your team.

The CONNECT system is one of a kind in terms of the number of it offers and the quality of its services. Lancia Thesis customers can choose one of two CONNECT specification both with a 7 TFT colour display.

The detailed range is as CONNECT, that includes a system with RDS radio, CD and player, trip computer, GSM with handsfree set, GPS voice commands and steering controls, module with services and SOS for logging on to the Contact and receiving assistance and information; the can also handle an external where present. CONNECT is the ultra-comprehensive system that all the above functions plus navigation using pictograms and an atlas function and a CD-changer.

For a stress-free drive, the Lancia also offers all the great features that simplify on board: smart window follow me home lights, windows with anti-obstruction and puddle lights. You can let your be aroused while aboard the Thesis as well. Thanks to the highly realistic music by the Bose system, designed to for the Lancia flagship by Bose, the US in the Hi-Fi sector. Suffice it to say the Bose® engineers carried out than 1200 measurements and on the car and carefully chose all the parts of the system.

They then the best possible speaker in relation to the listeners with the aid of design software.

Engines and


The Lancia Thesis outstanding performance. The two litre for example, are absolutely outstanding compared with other of the same capacity offered by the Car handling and agility are also

Especially when you consider a car just under five long with a weight to has to work harder to achieve a result.

The credit for this goes to the power unit as a because on all Lancia Thesis this comprises a power offering high torque at low with a gearbox with a number of ratios. Five in the of the sophisticated automatic transmission; six for the gearbox.

The decision to create a range of that are all multifractional (i.e. 5 or 6 cylinders) was responsible for most of the achieved in terms of lack of content, good timbre and running.

The following table details of the four power (three petrol and a Common turbodiesel unit) that the Thesis will present to the next spring.

The 2.0 20v Turbo in particular, is confirmation of Lancia s building traditions: the brand has achieved outstanding results this engine capacity. On the Thesis, the thermodynamic efficiency of power unit is combined a smooth, gradual turbo able to assure outstanding with scintillating performance to that of a far bigger aspirated

The Lancia Thesis 2.0 20v Turbo is for people who want a car of temperament giving up the class, elegance and appeal of a prestigious, imposing, car. When equipped this power unit, the offers extra punch and agility and handling to satisfy who have no intention of giving up on a drive.

If we were to sum up the 2.4 20v in a nutshell, we say: the right capacity for the car and the effective proportion of that in terms of performance and also of power and torque delivery. In words, a 5 cylinder engine the smooth running of a six cylinder and the consumption of a four cylinder

The Lancia Thesis 2.4 20v, is an car because it offers satisfactory and speed levels, all the brio for vigorous take-off and pick-up and the to cover around 12 kilometres out of on a litre of fuel.

This is an for more rational customers, who look for the great comfort, and well-being that only a élite saloon can offer. with the technical efficiency to keep running costs All in all, it is the Lancia Thesis for who wishes to use their car every day for they do: whether it be long or going to work.

Now for the 3.0 V6 24v. three litre engine of capacity is perfect for the Lancia because the end result is a big luxury with a well-balanced blend of comfort and performance. The power is special because it turns roundly due to its 6 cylinders — and offers formidable torque by a 5-speed automatic transmission

Altogether, the version driven by the 3.0 V6 24v greater driving satisfaction rivals with similar acceleration, pick-up, power and delivery. The credit for this to a power unit that torque at low speed and maximum with outstanding panache.

The Thesis 3.0 V6 24v is the ideal car for customers who great performance delivered absolute ease. For people who do not to be second to anyone, even on the For anyone who can fall in love a good-looking, luxurious car and the unmistakable of an engine that is reminiscent of powerful Lancias of the past as the Aurelia.

The Lancia Thesis concludes with the 2.4 JTD engine. engine combines the tried and benefits of common rail (better performance and fuel with formidable torque by applying a variable geometry to the JTD power unit. As far as the driver is this means a Lancia that is a greater roadster yet agile and easy to handle if

This combination of attributes is not usual in this type of

The 2.4 JTD engine is thus a prompt and engine and tireless on long trips. A great mile-eater low fuel consumption. The Lancia 2.4 JTD is therefore designed for people who around a lot and cover a very mileage each year.

who want a comfortable, luxurious car can be run at a reasonable cost and ensure the driving satisfaction as a petrol


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The gearboxes are slick, silent: they include a manual and a 5-speed automatic are outstanding for their sophisticated, engineering. Both offer the possible channel for power by the engines (150 to 215 bhp) and the car delivers uniformly crisp They are also so easy and to use that any driver can handle a saloon like the Lancia with ease and panache.

The automatic transmission, in particular, is two in one. You can use the normal P, R, N and D positions the lever is moved up in the gate. in D position, however, all you have to do is the lever to the left, into the marked plus and minus and the device converts to a sequential gearbox. For the motorist, this being able to benefit a full range of gears discreet guidance from the unit (the sound of a and a warning on the control panel) if the is revved too much or too little.

the freedom of a normal manual including the ability to set off in second or when the car is driven over ground.

The 5-speed automatic comes with the 3.0 V6 24v engine, the 6-speed manual unit is to all other power units.

and Driving

The intention is to offer who travel in the Lancia Thesis satisfaction. The car comes fitted as with a Skyhook (so-called it allows the car to move as though it suspended from the sky). The is restricted to a few élite cars and the form of a semi-active damping that has been developed for the flagship itself.

The system was by Mannesmann-Sachs and takes the form of 6 that determine relative between body and wheels in to choose the optimum damping to be provided by each individual absorber. Instantaneous sensor and shock absorber regulation compression and regulation make it for the system to brake the car s vertical at every moment just as the body were hanging the sky.

Skyhook represents a step forward in shock calibration because it means the designers no longer have to a compromise between stability, and comfort. It is also a vast on current discrete damping systems that offer a adjustment range. The shock valves on the system offered on the Thesis are controlled by an electronic unit that screens such as load, road car motion and driver reactions.

enables the Skyhook system to the damping setting best to car driving conditions from an range of possibilities within a few and independently for each wheel. helps highlight driving under conditions of absolute


Driving means surrounding the driver and with technologies that the very highest acoustic and comfort. Hence the need to the interior environment into a enveloping living room: was the brief given at the outset to the Thesis engineers and designers. thorough car sound-proofing is assured by the s high torsional rigidity kgm/rad) and complemented by the use of 5 millimetre windows (that also aid insulation) and a triple sealing

And also: a multizone automatic control system, complete automatic air recirculation function by a pollution sensor.

The advanced automatically controls temperature, air air distribution, compressor activation and via an electronic control unit. The Thesis multizone climate system can also ensure air temperature and distribution patterns in the different parts of the car: one for the driver, one for the passenger and for those who sit in the The revolutionary aspect of the system is the that rear passengers can air temperature and distribution on a separate All you have to do to enable the rear is press the Rear button at the end of the tunnel. This excludes the passenger controls.

But the driver, to manage the climate in his or her individual

The Lancia Thesis also a programmable supplementary heater ensures a welcoming warmth on the coldest days and a sunroof solar cells. The sunroof is using an innovative technology ensures greater reliability and It consists of a panel that a battery of 21 monocrystalline cells supply an overall power of 24W.

When the car is parked in the energy produced by the cells the ventilation system to exchange the air in the compartment.

All this sophisticated is also apparent in the front of the Comfort version of the Lancia These are fully electric, and the s seat can store all the personal rear view mirror and wheel settings for three people. Above all, front seats offer interesting, brand-new functions as ventilation, heating, adaptivity and To activate the functions and select the one for each seat, simply the Comfort button on the side of the The relevant menu is then on the central console display.

A intuitive moves are all it takes to the items you want. In the Comfort the rear seats also heating, adaptivity and massage All adjustments can be made using inside the rear Business


The experience of driving flagship is rendered unique by a of devices designed to ensure collected car control at all times. as a variable power steering known as Variosteer (available on engines with automatic that makes every comfortable, even during manoeuvres with minimum on the steering wheel. It simultaneously maximum driving precision at the speeds by adjusting driver on the wheel gradually. Such as Cruise Control (RCC) an control system that motorists to manage car speed in to leave a safe distance the car in front.

This simultaneously two aims: improves comfort and traffic flow.

The Lancia also offers as standard bi-xenon headlamps and led tail-lights. The generate both high and low using a single xenon The second come with 30 each, last longer conventional bulbs and light up quickly. As far as the car behind the Lancia is concerned, this speed spotting a braking manoeuvre quickly, so gaining more distance.

Apart from the Lancia flagship also headlamps that come on at dusk and when you drive a tunnel; windscreen wipers come on by themselves when it to rain — and proximity that aid parking manoeuvres.

By now the played by invisible technology in the Thesis s equipment should be clear. The same sort of also plays a starring in determining dynamic safety. On front the Lancia flagship a braking system with performance while also from the most sophisticated devices for controlling the car s dynamic from braking to traction. the car comes with ESP for dynamic on corners; ASR to limit wheel during acceleration and MSR to regulate torque while changing ABS with electronic brakeforce EBD. This outstanding array ensures such predictable on-road behaviour the driver can get away with mistakes and emerge from situations with aplomb.

And the Lancia Thesis also an electrically-controlled parking brake: the EPB Parking Brake). The brand-new works by means of an electronic unit that controls and electromechanical actuators on the rear one per caliper. The operating details are below. The EPB can be engaged by pressing a on the central console behind the lever or automatically, when the stops the car and turns off the engine.

In the case, with the car in motion and the button, the system applies braking force to ensure the possible stopping distance with available grip on the and car stability.

In the second case, the car at a standstill, the EPB cuts in automatically to customers of the worry of engaging the once the engine has been off and the door opened. The EPB can naturally be when required. This can be in two ways: select the relevant on CONNECT — or press the pedal and handbrake button with the engine off and the panel on.

For reasons, the EPB will be reinstated next time the engine is

Passive safety also from state-of-the-art technology. The goes above all to the array of available: beginning with airbags including two Multistage five three-point seat-belts pretensioners (except the central seat) and load limiters, head-restraints and an FPS (Fire Prevention And goes on to include a new chassis to absorb impact with efficacy.

Lastly, the body and also contribute to occupant And we must not forget the Isofix used to carry the smallest in maximum safety, plus to protect the car against theft and from a second-generation Lancia to central locking and deadlock.

The is a technical feature that the interior door handle and all connected to the lock in neutral. represents a major step in the vehicle theft protection the deadlock renders any tool by thieves to force open and door mechanisms ineffective. The comes as standard on all Lancia versions and must be operated (to ensure no-one is locked the car).

Once the key has been once in one of the front doors or one press on the remote control, the is engaged by turning the key a second or pressing the remote control key

This all-round protection the Lancia Thesis one of the safest in the motoring world. If required, the car can also be fitted with an and antitilt alarm in addition to EPG break-in side windows. it to say that the new model has passed the severe crash tests and complies with proposals for European standards.

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