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  • BMW M535i

    29 63.04%
  • Lancia Thema 8.32

    17 36.96%
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Thread: BMW M535i v Lancia Thema 8.32

  1. #1
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    BMW M535i v Lancia Thema 8.32

    Executive saloons with pedigree and character, not sometinhg common these days. Which one do you prefer?

    BMW M535i

    -3430cc normally aspirated straight six, 218bhp
    -Front engined, rear wheel drive, 5-speed manual
    -6"9 seconds (0-60mph), top speed 142mph
    -1390kg

    Lancia Thema 8.32

    -2927cc normally aspirated V8, 215bhp
    -Front engined, front wheel drive, 5-speed manual
    -6"8 seconds (0-60mph), tops speed 149mph
    -1400kg
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    FWD Lancias are some of the few FWD cars I would persue.

    Though, I am not that familiar with this one.
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    This is the Thema that had a de-tuned Ferrari V8, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kooper
    This is the Thema that had a de-tuned Ferrari V8, isn't it?
    Yes, it features the engine in the Ferrari 308 QV, albeit with 25bhp less.
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    I think the Thema motor is kind of a hybrid of Ferrari design. It has the QV heads of the 308 GTB engine, but not the flat-plane crankshaft. It uses the crank from the 308 GT4.

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    M5 Version 1.0 is where my heart is at.
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    The M5 gets my vote most definately.
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    I would take the BMW on this one. I think that it looks better plus it is rear wheel drive. That generation of BMW's are some of the best looking in my opinion. Though the Ferrari derived engine in the Lancia must put out a brilliant soundtrack.

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    Is it just the fact that the Thema is FWD that makes people prefer the BMW?
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    I dunno, I gotta go with the BMW for this one. I'm not to familiar with Lancia's and yes, that RWD does give it an extra boost.

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    I would take the M/// then I could toss my regular 535i.
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    BMW, looks better and probably handles better too.
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    Mmm, a FWD V8... a FWD Ferrari engined V8... Now there's something you don't hear of every day, eh?

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    nothing beats the beemer
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    That might not be Thema's best angle, but it looks like a Chevy Corsica + Saab 9000, or nasty. The drivetrain must make it sing though. I'd still go for the purposeful looks and design of the 5.
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