The Delta dominated the World Rally Championship during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The homologation requirements of Group A regulations meant marketing road-going versions of these competition cars — the Lancia Delta HF 4WD and HF Integrale. The 16v Integrale was developed for rallying, introduced at the 1989 Geneva Motor Show, and made a winning debut on the 1989 San Remo Rally. It featured a raised center of the bonnet to accommodate the new 16 valve engine, as well as wider wheels and tyres and new identity badges front and rear. The torque split was changed to 47% front and 53% rear. The turbocharged 2-litre Lancia 16v engine produced 200 bhp at 5,500 rpm, for a maximum speed of 137 mph (220 km/h) and 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.7 seconds. Changes included larger injectors, a more responsive Garrett T3 turbocharger, a more efficient intercooler, and the ability to run on unleaded fuel without modification. Start the engine, engage first and grab that steering wheel and you’re keyed4 into the road, well aware that every connection between you and the tarmac is as permanent as you’ll need. The Integrale bridges the apparent dichotomy between precision and looseness. It’s focused yet scrabbly. As the rather uncouth turbo four-cylinder snarls, whoops and screeches ahead of you, you plot a course with unerringly accurate steering, full of feedback that’s gloriously undiminished by the slim-rimmed, airbagless Momo wheel. The gearchange is steely rather than Fiat-rubbery. And the grip at each corner is just phenomenal. But this is no Audi-style point-and-surge device. It’s soulful, feeling as if there’s so much grip available that it really doesn’t need to use it all. It just casually grasps at the road, skimming along rather than getting over-embroiled with it. The result? Every road feels like a rally stage, mainly thanks to the permanent 47:53 front:rear torque split, and also an unforgiving ride that crashes over ruts and bumps. But few cars will get you quicker from point to point, or make you smile so much. We understand this Integrale 16V was converted from new by Lancia Dealer Richard Thorn in the UK to Right Hand Drive configuration, as confirmed by well-known Mnet producer Scot Scott. The engine has had some performance modifications carried out and is menacingly fast. Finished in Rosso with a period Alcantara interior, this is we believe the only RHD Integrale in South Africa.
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