Under the hood of what may look like a fairly regular sedan from Lancia was nothing more, nothing less than the engine powering the Ferrari 308.
Specifically, the engine in question was a 2.9-liter V8 with 212 horsepower, which was less than the 237 hp available in the prancing horse. Still, it was enough to make the Lancia Thema 8.32 one of the fastest front-wheel-drive sedans on the market back in the day. It completed the 0-62 mph task in just 6.8 seconds and continued to accelerate until 149 mph (240 kph).
Compared to the engine installed in the Ferrari, the V8 had a cross-plane type crankshaft replacing the regular flat-plane setup, along with smaller valves and a different firing order to make it more appropriate for a sedan.