To convince buyers it was also priced to be 15% cheaper than the competition.
In the view of motoring writer Paul Horrell of the UK's CAR Magazine the shape was "controversial, but certainly regenerates an authentic Italian alternative to the po-faced approach" of the competition.
With 230 PS (169 k W; 227 hp) and all these extra features the converted car weight 2,030 kg (4,475 lb) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds, while its top speed is 230 km/h (143 mph).
A car for the new élites Even the car market has an exalted upper circle.
"Look at that extravagant front end, like a row of chrome-decorated sand dunes.
The whole form is plump and carries telling details of bi-xenon headlights and multi-LED blades of tail-lamp - a comfortably fed and well-jewelled car like the folk who'll drive it". Yet there's no heaving in distress; the adjustable dampers keep body motion in check.Such as the ability to assure the car's owner maximum well-being when he or she is at the wheel (handling, control, safety, driving satisfaction) and also when experiencing the car as a passenger (noiselessness; diffused air, light and music; sophisticated telematics).In other words, the Lancia Thesis offers well-being, substance and exclusivity.The interior was trimmed with leather or the suede-like Alcantara material long favoured by Lancia.CAR's verdict was that "If Lancia can be turned around this is the car for the job." Despite its very comprehensive equipment level and the improved fit and finish, sales remained well behind its predecessor, the Kappa, quite far behind the competition and finally the model was discontinued at the beginning of 2009, after only 16,000 units built.The car is equipped with beige leather interior and electrically adjustable rear seats.The car has also a minibar with refrigerator, multimedia system with GPS navigation system, internet access, fax machine and a DVD player.Discussing the interior, Horrell went on to say: "The effect is redoubled within. They're even better when the stress is lateral; considering the pillowy straight-line character, cornering roll is amazingly well-controlled." The main criticism was the steering which was considered by Horrell to be too light, and the slight tendency to understeer leading to intrusion of the ESP system.The cabin is truly rich, and walks the right side of that line in Italian style dividing the perfectly proportioned minimalism from their bling-bling rap-star Versace vulgarity. In conclusion, CAR's Horrell summed up the Thesis as being "far more accurate and even agile than it has any right to be." CAR's view was that the Thesis was a dignified expression of Lancia's brand values, then.Such as the exclusivity of a typically Italian touch of class and stylistic creativity.Such as the product substance offered by technology that is all-pervasive yet invisible and serves the motorists discreetly while anticipating requirements.