We'll just leave the check blank for this beauty.
There aren't many hot hatchbacks left on sale in the United States. The upcoming 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R will be worth waiting for, while the Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Veloster N should not be overlooked. Still, it's easy to remember how many hot hatches, like the Ford ST siblings and the Fiat 500 Abarth, are no longer offered stateside. We aren't the only ones who miss hot hatches, especially the Italian offerings.
Perhaps that's why Italian automotive designer Sebastiano Ciarcia designed his own modern interpretation of the legendary Lancia Delta Integrale that really grabbed our attention.
Ciarcia has no connection with Lancia, stating in his design brief that this is just a personal project that he works on in his spare time. Like many car enthusiasts, Ciarcia says he is disappointed with what the Lancia brand has become today, so he wanted to pay homage to the iconic Delta Integrale by imagining what a modern version would look like. His design went through several phases before ending on the car pictured here.
He says the goal was to design a car that pays homage to the original without being too nostalgic towards the car's retro shape. Unlike the restomod Delta created by Automobili Amos, Ciarcia's creation only exists virtually.
Unfortunately, we doubt Lancia would ever bring back the Delta or produce any car worthy of note for enthusiasts. The once-great Italian brand is now a subsidiary of the FCA Group and only builds a single model; a front-wheel-drive hatchback called the Lancia Ypsilon. Earlier in the 2010s, Lancia also produced several rebadged Chrysler products, including the 300, Town & Country, and 200 Convertible. At least FCA's Mopar arm now reproduces parts for the Delta Integrale, helping to keep the originals on the road for years to come.