Lancia Lybra

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Lancia Lybra
Lancia Lybra front 20070523.jpg
Manufacturer Lancia
Production 1998—2005
Assembly Rivalta plant, Turin, Italy (1998-2002)
Comprensorio di Mirafiori, Turin, Italy (2002-2005)[1]
Designer Enrico Fumia at Centro Stile Lancia[2]
Michael Vernon Robinson at Centro Stile Lancia (final design)
Flavio Manzoni (interiors)
Body and chassis
Class Compact executive car (D)
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate
Layout FF layout
Related Alfa Romeo 156
Fiat Marea
Engine 1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4
1.9 L turbodiesel I4
2.0 L I5
2.4 L turbodiesel I5[3]
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic [3][4][5]
Wheelbase 2,593 mm (102.1 in)[3]
Length 4,466 mm (175.8 in)[3]
Width 1,743 mm (68.6 in)[3]
Height Saloon: 1,462 mm (57.6 in)
Estate: 1,470 mm (58 in)[3]
Curb weight 1250—1420 kg (2756—3131 lb)[5]
Predecessor Lancia Dedra
Successor Lancia Flavia

The Lancia Lybra (Type 839) is a compact executive car produced by Italian Fiat Auto's upscale marque Lancia between 1998 and 2005. Based on heavily modified Alfa Romeo 156 floorpan,[5] it replaced the Dedra within Lancia's lineup, and was similarly low-profile to its predecessor, rather than as popular as its Alfa sibling. Just like the Dedra, the Lybra is available as both a saloon and estate (billed SW by Lancia). Around 165,000 units were made.


The model's name can be seen as a reference to the zodiac sign of Libra that was derived from the Latin word for balancing scale. It signals an end of the previous Lancia naming theme involving the use of Greek letters as model names. The Lybra was built in the Rivalta plant near Turin until 2002[6] and after that in Mirafiori plant in Turin.[1]


Lancia Lybra SW

The Lybra was styled in Centro Stile Lancia,[5] contrary to earlier Lancia models, which were commissioned from external design studios. Its styling is a clear departure from "rectangular" shapes prevalent in 1980s and 1990s Lancias, using heritage-inspired round headlights and other styling touches inspired by Lancias of the 1950s, like the Aurelia and Appia. Initial models were carried out by Enrico Fumia in 1992 and by the time of His departure from Lancia Centro Stile the project was finished by Michael Robinson. Main changes included round headlights. Interiors were designed by Flavio Manzoni.

On the other hand, it wasn't as edgy as the Lancia Thesis and later models, and still carried many references to 1990s Lancias, such as the shape of the grille, or the treatment of the upper body section of the wagon (reminiscent of that of the Lancia Kappa SW). Interestingly, the Lybra's very distinctive taillights were given to the 2001's facelift Fiat Marea sedan for the Latin American markets.[7][8]

Trim levels[edit]

Standard trim levels included LS and LX. Starting in 2003 there was also LS Plus in some markets, which had basic fabric seats. At that time, as model year 2004, there was also Emblema, which featured two choices of Polrtona Frau leather upholstery, special alloy wheels and an option of a two tone metallic paint on an SW model with a black roof.

Lancia Lybra Emblema 'Tabacco' interior

Special editions[edit]

Although there were no limited editions, there were at least two special editions. Intensa Exclusive Edition with characteristic darkened grille and dark grey pentagram-shaped alloys. Exterior palette available also with an exclusive dark grey colour 'Grigio Fontana'. Inside Intensa featured a combination of black leather and dark grey alcantara seats and Bose sound system as standard. Other edition was an Executive Exclusive Edition featuring Poltrona Frau leather seats and rich equipment along with special 15spoke alloy wheels. Both editions were available either as a berlina or station wagon with 2.0l gasoline or 1.9l or 2.4l diesel engines.

Lancia Lybra Intensa SW in 'Grigio Fontana'

Engines [3][4][edit]

Lancia Lybra is a front-wheel drive car with transversely-mounted engines. The Lybra is available with a 5-speed manual, and the 2.0 L had an option of a 4-speed automatic transmission, called the Comfortronic by Lancia.

Model Displacement Power Torque Year
1.6 L 16v DOHC 1596 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) @ 5750 rpm 140 N·m (100 lb·ft) @ 4000 rpm from 2000
1.8 L 16v DOHC 1747 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 130 hp) @ 6300 rpm 156 N·m (115 lb·ft) @ 3800 rpm from 2000
2.0 L 20v DOHC 1998 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @ 6500 rpm 181 N·m (133 lb·ft) @ 3750 rpm from 2000
1.9 L 8v SOHC JTD 1910 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) @ 4000 rpm 255 N·m (188 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm from 2000
1.9 L 8v SOHC JTD 1910 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 110 hp) @ 4000 rpm 255 N·m (188 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm from 2001
1.9 L 8v SOHC JTD 1910 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @ 4000 rpm 275 N·m (203 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm from 2002
2.4 L 10v SOHC JTD 2387 cc 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @ 4000 rpm 304 N·m (224 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm from 1999 to 2001
2.4 L 10v SOHC JTD 2387 cc 140 PS (100 kW; 140 hp) @ 4000 rpm 304 N·m (224 lb·ft) @ 2000 rpm from 2001 to 2002
2.4 L 10v SOHC JTD 2387 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 150 hp) @ 4000 rpm 308 N·m (227 lb·ft) @ 1800 rpm from 2002
2.4 L 20v DOHC 2446 cc 170 PS (130 kW; 170 hp) @ 6000 rpm 226 N·m (167 lb·ft) @ 3500 rpm only Lybra Protecta


  1. ^ a b "20.06.2005 As the final Lancia Lybra rolls out of the Mirafiori factory". Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Production cars". Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Lancia Lybra official website". Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Lancia specifications at". Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lancia pages accessed via the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Lancia Lybra information from Automotive Intelligence". Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  7. ^ "Comparativo Sedãs Médios". Revista Quatro Rodas. February 2005. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Comparativo Completo". Best Cars. 2002-01-15. Retrieved 2006-08-03.