Lancia Medusa

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Lancia Medusa
Lancia Medusa 2.jpg
1 made
DesignerGiorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style4 door sedan hatchback
LayoutTransverse rear mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive
RelatedLancia Montecarlo
Engine2.0 L Lampredi I4
Transmission5 speed manual
Wheelbase2,790 mm (109.8 in)
Length4,405 mm (173.4 in)
Width1,813 mm (71.4 in)
Height1,263 mm (49.7 in)

The Lancia Medusa is an Italian concept vehicle built by Lancia. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and debuted in 1980 at the Turin Auto Show.


The Medusa is based on the chassis and mechanics of the Lancia Montecarlo, and thus uses the same mid mounted 2.0 L (1,995 cc) Lampredi I4 engine, producing 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 170 Nm (125 lb ft) of torque, coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission from that car.[1]


Medusa rear end
Medusa 3/4 view

The Medusa was designed by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1979. Giugiaro designed the car to be as aerodynamic as possible, aiming for a target of 0.25 Cd, with the final design achieving a Cd of 0.263. The original the clay model reportedly had achieved a lower reading of 0.255 Cd, but the addition of side mirrors, indicator repeaters and a radiator caused it to go up.[2] The Medusa featured many design elements that were tailored to help it achieve better aerodynamics. Features such as pop up headlights, door handles and window glazing that sit flush with the body, inset turn signal repeaters and doors that wrapped up into the roof all helped the Medusa to be as aerodynamic as possible.[3]


A derivative for the DeLorean Motor Company was produced in mock-up form, the DMC-24 4-door 4-seater sedan, by Italdesign.[4]

A derivative for Lamborghini was produced by Italdesign, which went to the prototype stage and ended up as a concept car, the Lamborghini Marco Polo.[4]


  1. ^ "1980 Lancia Medusa: Concept We Forgot". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Lancia Medusa". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Lancia Medusa". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b Máté Petrány (12 April 2013). "The Secret History Of The DeLorean That Became A Lamborghini Sedan". Jalopnik.