From today at Lancia dealerships across Europe, customers can order the new Delta "Hard Black" which was presented for its première at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and which is now available as a special series. In Italy, the first launch market, this original special series is now available with two engines: the 1.8 Di TurboJet with 200 CV Sportronic and the 1.9 Twin Turbo with 190 CV. The list price for both versions in Italy is 31,300 euros on the road.

On the outside, the new Delta "Hard Black" is distinguished by a very special body treatment of opaque black, and it becomes the first car to be produced in this finish in a series that isn't limited. To offer this exclusive coating requires a long process of over 4 hours. Moreover, as always for the Delta model the colour is not just about aesthetics, but is part of a product philosophy that has among its constituent parts elegance, glamour, personality, style and maximum customisation.

The new body colour is matched by the roof which is embellished in shiny black and there is a similar lustre reserved for the chromed mirror caps, while the twin exhaust tail pipes are also in chrome, as are the 18-inch alloy wheels (buyers can optionally request the 18-inch alloy wheels to be finished in the "Hard Black" body color). Inside, there is comfortable leather upholstery and Alcantara Starlite black. The new version of Delta also offers innovative devices in the search for comfort and driving pleasure, including the Delta's highly regarded electronic variable damping suspension, known as the "Reactive Suspension System", dual-zone automatic climate control, and the Fiat Group's Blue&Me infotelematic package.

This new special series of Delta can be equipped with either the 1.8 Di TurboJet with 200 CV Sportronic or the 1.9 Twin Turbo with 190 CV. The first engine delivers maximum power of 200 CV (147 kW) at 5,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 320 Nm (32.6 kgm) at 1,400 rpm. This is an innovative engine fitted with gasoline direct injection, turbocharger and dual continuous variable valve timing, which confirms the sportiness of this Lancia, and at the same time, its commitment in the field of environmental friendliness in terms of containment of emissions and in reducing consumption.
The 1.8 200 CV engine is coupled with a modern automatic 6-speed "Sportronic" gearbox that allows the Lancia Delta " Hard Black" to reach a top speed of 230 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, while at the same time the car is characterised by low consumption (7.8 litres per 100 km) and low CO2 emissions (185 g/km) as well as having Euro 5 approval.
Alternatively, the Delta "Hard Black" can be fitted with the 1.9 Twin Turbo MultiJet, the most powerful engine in its class with a maximum power of 190 CV and maximum torque of 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm. This gives rise to record-breaking performance as the maximum speed is 222 km/h and it takes just 7.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. Excellent performance, then, thanks to important technology, starting with the adoption of two turbochargers (thus the name Twin Turbo), a compact and low inertia unit to ensure a prompt and vigorous response from very low revs, while the larger one provides high-end power, approximately 100 hp per litre, a value hitherto reserved for petrol engines with a strong sports inclination. Even more interesting is the availability of 300 Nm of torque at 1,250 rpm.

An original and exclusive new model it will the the star of a number of initiatives including Mandela Day, an important event promoted by the Mandela Foundation, an international organisation that rolls out events each year around the world to grow awareness and tackle issues such as the limitations of civil rights and disease. Finally, in view of the "Open Doors" program scheduled for June 12-13, the web will become a protagonist in the pre-launch of the Delta "Hard Black" through a campaign of banners on major sites and motorsports news outlets, while the official website www.lancianewdelta.it site will reveal some of the details of the new car.

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