Lancia Lybra

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Lancia Lybra
AssemblyRivalta plant, Turin, Italy (1998-2002)
Comprensorio di Mirafiori, Turin, Italy (2002-2005)[1]
DesignerEnrico Fumia at Centro Stile Lancia[2]
Michael Vernon Robinson at Centro Stile Lancia (final design)
Flavio Manzoni (interiors)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style4-door saloon
5-door estate
LayoutFF layout
PlatformType Two rev. 3[citation needed]
RelatedAlfa Romeo 156
Fiat Marea
Engine1.6 L Torque I4 petrol
1.8 L Pratola Serra B I4 petrol
2.0 L Pratola Serra C I5 petrol
2.4 L Pratola Serra C I5 petrol
1.9 L JTD I4 diesel
2.4 L JTD I5 diesel[3]
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed AISIN automatic [3][4][5]
Wheelbase2,593 mm (102.1 in)[3]
Length4,466 mm (175.8 in)[3]
Width1,743 mm (68.6 in)[3]
HeightSaloon: 1,462 mm (57.6 in)
Estate: 1,470 mm (58 in)[3]
Curb weight1,250–1,420 kg (2,756–3,131 lb)[5]
PredecessorLancia Dedra
SuccessorLancia Flavia

The Lancia Lybra (Type 839) was a compact executive car produced by Italian Fiat Auto's premium marque Lancia between 1998 and 2005. Based on Alfa Romeo 156 floorpan,[5] with different suspension setup it replaced the Dedra within Lancia's lineup, and was similarly as low-profile as its predecessor, rather than as popular as its Alfa sibling.

Just like the Dedra, the Lybra was available as both a Berlina (saloon) and Station Wagon (estate). Around 165,000 units were made.

Lancia Lybra Business on original alloys


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 signalled 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 Emblema

The Lybra was styled in Centro Stile Lancia,[5] contrary to earlier Lancia models, which were commissioned from external design studios. Its styling was 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 Centro Stile Lancia the project was finished by Michael Robinson. Main changes included round headlights. Interiors were designed by Flavio Manzoni.

Lancia Lybra Business on original alloys
Lancia Lybra Business 435 Blu

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). 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 Business and LS Plus in some markets, both had basic fabric seats. The last trim was called Emblema in the model year 2004, but presented for the first time in November 2002 at Bologna Motor Show. It was inspired by the classic famous Lancia Flaminia and came with tobacco brown leather interior (optional Alcantara), magnesium dashboard interior parts, exclusive 16 inch (10 spoke) alloy wheels, privacy glass and a gloss painted black roof.

Base model equipment: Electric front windows, 5" color display on the dashboard, Dual zone Climate control, rear vents for the A/C (one in the middle, and two on the bottom of the seats), ABS, EBD, 4 airbag (front and side), seatbelt pretensioner, electrically-adjustable door mirrors with electric heating, Electronic Lumbar Support and height adjustable driver seat, arm rest front (with Storage compartment) and rear (with cup holder), 5 three point seat belt and five headrest, ambient light in the bottom of the doors, and in inside, remote Key, FPS system. 15" wheels, 195/65 R15.

The optional equipments: GPS with GSM phone, electronic adjustable front seats, 4 electronic windows (up and down automatic), Electrochromatic Rearview mirror, Rain sensor, demister sensor, Leather, Alcantara or Suhara (after 15.12.2003) seats, electrically-adjustable door mirrors with fold function, sunroof, Cruise control, BOSE Sound System with 7 speakers, CD Changer (6 disc), AUX, 6 Airbag (2 front, 2 side, and 2 side curtain), three 180w Cigarette lighter socket, Xenon headlight, headlight washer, Nivomat self-levelling hydropneumatic rear suspension, fog lights, 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seat (optional for Berlina and serie for SW), multifunction leather steering wheel and gear knob, ASR (only for the 1.9 JTD, 2.0 20v, 2.4 JTD). 15" wheels 205/60 or 16" 205/55.

Lancia Lybra Emblema 'Tabacco' interior

Special editions[edit]

Although there were no limited editions, there were two exclusive editions.

Executive: Featuring leather or Alcantara seats and rich equipment (heated seats, satellite navigation, GSM Phone, Cruise control, Xenon headlamp and headlamp washer), along with special 15-spoke 16” alloy wheels. Only two engines 2.0 20v petrol, and 2.4 JTD diesel.

Intensa: Intensa Edition with characteristic darkened grille and dark grey pentagram-shaped 16" alloys. Exterior palette available also with an exclusive dark grey colour 'Grigio Fontana'. Inside the Intensa featured a combination of black leather and dark grey Alcantara seats and Bose sound system as standard.

Business: Only in two colours (435 Blu Lancia and 612 Grigio Elisa Met), and two engines (1.6 16v or 1.9 JTD).

Emblema: 1.9 JTD, 2.4 JTD, 2.0 20v. Titanium trimmed console. Black roof option in SW (with black ‘railings’). Special 20-spoke 16” wheels, and interior material (Beige leather, Tobacco leather, Tabacco Alcantara).

Lancia Lybra Intensa SW in 'Grigio Fontana'
Lancia Lybra Intensa interior

Specifications [9][edit]

The Lancia Lybra was 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 Aisin automatic transmission, called the Comfortronic by Lancia.[10] Lybra utilises MacPherson struts at the front and BLG ("Bracci Longitudinali Guidati", translating to "Guided Longitudinal Arms") multilink rear suspension. Estate versions were also available with Boge-Nivomat self-levelling hydropneumatic rear suspension. Lybra use 4 disck brake, two front cooled, with ABS, EBD and ASR (optional).

Model Displacement Power Torque Top speed Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)* CO2 emissions** Kerb weight Year
1.6 L 16v DOHC 1581 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 5,750 rpm 144 Nm at 4,000 rpm 185 km/h (115 mph) 11,3s/11,9s 199/203 1250kg/1290kg
1.6 L 16v DOHC 1596 cc 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 5,750 rpm 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm 185 km/h (115 mph) 11,3s/11,9s 194/197 1250kg/1290kg from 2000
1.8 L 16v DOHC 1747 cc 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp) at 6,300 rpm 164 N⋅m (121 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm 201 km/h (125 mph) 10,3s/10,7s 199/205 1300kg/1340kg Euro2
1.8 L 16v DOHC 1747 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 6,300 rpm 156 N⋅m (115 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm 201 km/h (125 mph) 10,3s/10,7s 198/206 1300kg/1340kg from 2000
2.0 L 20v DOHC 1998 cc 154 PS (113 kW; 152 hp) at 6,500 rpm 186 N⋅m (137 lb⋅ft) at 3,750 rpm 210 km/h (130 mph) 9,6s/9,9s 236/238 1350kg/1390kg Euro2
2.0 L 20v DOHC 1998 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 6,500 rpm 181 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) at 3,750 rpm 210 km/h (130 mph) 9,6s/9,9s 233/238 1350kg/1390kg from 2000
2.4 L 20v DOHC 2446 cc 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 6,000 rpm 226 N⋅m (167 lb⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm only Lybra Protecta
1.9 L 8v SOHC JTD 1910 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 4,000 rpm 255 N⋅m (188 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 185 km/h (115 mph) 11,3s/11,9s 154/159 1310kg/1350kg
1.9 L 8v SOHC JTD 1910 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 4,000 rpm 255 N⋅m (188 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm from 2000
1.9 L 8v SOHC JTD 1910 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 4,000 rpm 275 N⋅m (203 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 190 km/h (118 mph) 10,8s/11,3s 157/162 1310kg/1350kg from 2001
2.4 L 10v SOHC JTD 2387 cc 134 PS (99 kW; 132 hp) at 4,000 rpm 304 N⋅m (224 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 200 km/h (124 mph) 9,9s/10,2s 179/182 1370kg/1410kg
2.4 L 10v SOHC JTD 2387 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,000 rpm 304 N⋅m (224 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm from 2000
2.4 L 10v SOHC JTD 2387 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 308 N⋅m (227 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 212 km/h (132 mph) 9,4s/9,6s 176/179 1370kg/1410kg from 2002

for Berlina/SW *to 100km/h **in g/km

With 2 persones and 40 kg luggage.

Lybra Euro 3 fuel consumption
l/100km Body 1.6 16v 1.8 16v 2.0 20v 1.9 JTD 2.4 JTD
BN 11.2
SW 11.4


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