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The truth of the lie. The demand for two super-saloons 80s, led us to the discovery of some undeniable truths. But also to demystify legends embodied by time. This is the story of a titanic battle between BMW M535i and Lancia Thema 8:32.
The preparation this comparison could not have started more clinical form: the goal was to join two superberlinas 80s, equivalent in terms of performance and pedigree. There is much in the sights of Motor Classic, the choice of Lancia Thema 8:32 was based on its mechanical exceptional V8 Ferrari and pure appeal of driving a luxurious Italian - other than a Maserati - with the ability to get the better of very sporty the war of the traffic lights.
As a counterpoint, the apparent sedated BMW E28 M535i, simple and discreet body inside, only reached the final choice by presenting a six-cylinder in line with similar power (218bhp BMW against the 212bhp of the Lancia). But if the role models close - themselves as magnet and iron, on the road to their separation could not be more drastic.
Angular and well defined, with an elegant waist line and front grille typically Lancia Thema revealed in their ways why the Italians consider true masters of car design. No major frills, the saloon of Turin is still immensely enjoyable to look at, revealing details exquisitely placed each time we approach such as the dual support of mirrors, the sculpture of the bonnet or the design of bumpers.
Since the BMW is pure menir German: geometric and sturdy with a back which seems to have been cut out of a steel block and a front in which only the double rim and the four round headlights stand, this is a well achieved evolution of the first 5 series, lending strength and muscle to the design of the masters Paul and Pietro Frua Bracq. But before the elegant Italian forms, loses luster.
Conservative in approach, #BMW-Motorsport GmbH delegated to division - responsible for the preparation of the most coveted sports - the transformation of saloon 5. lower chassis and firm a six cylinder in-line 3.5-liter "vitaminized" to the 218 horsepower and limited slip 25 percent to try to put the power down, the BMW is nonetheless quite conservative, with its head eight valves and one camshaft.
By contrast, the Lancia is to equip a V8 Ferrari with three-liter, four camshafts head, 32 valves and 216 horsepower. Least six horses than the BMW, but exotic and impressive, idling or skim the redline.
Life on Board
As in the technical chapter, here the Italian back out benefited by genetic taste of its designers. The dashboard lined timber open tone and we pronounced the magnificent armchairs lined with fabric reminiscent of a mix of alcantara and velvet, the Lancia is worthy of the most demanding mobsters. Too serious and gray, the interior of the BMW in little or nothing is distinguished from the remaining range "Five", using logos simple ones "M GmbH" to stand out. In the midst of such shyness, only the excellent bucket seats saved the model of dishonor. Solid and warm, each more pronounced curve these remind us that we are sitting in a sports true.
With over 210 horsepower available, both sports saloons still worthy performances of note. In the case of BMW, 218 horses announced for its six-cylinder engine feel something asleep, but still allow the model that weighs 1414 kg accelerates from 0-100 kmh in 7.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 kmh. But the Lancia feels more immediate, with its 212 horses ignite immediately the front tires, hell-bent on fighting the lack of traction of a model that weighs 1405 kg and has announced an acceleration of 0-100 kmh of just 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 240 kmh.
Probably the only parameter in which there is a dead heat. In terms of rolling comfort, both the BMW and the Lancia are excellent, isolating the cabin from the drudgery of surface irregularities. Thanks to independent suspension and high-profile tires (something unthinkable in sporting-day) both saloons meet perfectly the luxury purposes for which they were created. In addition to the comfortable cushioning, an appropriate allocation of equipment covering items such as electric windows, power steering or air conditioning, it makes the driver and passengers life easier.
States for similar potencies and weight, in theory both the BMW M535i as Lancia Theme 8:32 should provide a level of enjoyment to the driving wheel. But could not be more different. Blessed with an eccentric Ferrari engine, the Lancia is one of the rare cases where the enthusiasm fades from the time that the eight cylinders are filled until we started walking. Theater in the roar that sends idle, the block does not give up in impressing the hearing, which prima - owner that warms the throat before his great performance. Helped by a smooth and precise gearbox, the engine is felt all of its 212 horses at once, flooding the interior with a bright cacophony. But we are quickly restrained the momentum of the right foot by a lack of traction threat of extinction rubber of front tires, no matter what the speed is. Subvirador is a mild adjective for a car that, with dated suspensions, can not digest the spontaneity of the accelerator.
However, stealth M535i six cylinders is at least disarming. Doubt in the pattern of capacity remains even when printing more pace on driving. Direct yet lightweight and conveniently assisted steering commands, the "M" runs quietly and without fuss. However, just a curve in realizing excellence and balance of your chassis. Superiorly gifted, the BMW makes it easy to describe the trajectories in expressive power-slides, raising anyone traveling to your steering wheel Heroes recognized grace. Never losing his composure, the German sedan maintains a steering assistance that communicates the precise angle of the front wheels, while the rear axle takes the most out of limited slip prepared by the sports division of the brand.
In the market of the classics, both the BMW and the Lancia themselves in terms of price with the German to be worth 16,000 euros and the Italian to reach 15 000 in very good condition. But when it comes to maintenance, things are quite different. Like so many other Italian models, the Lancia has the scarce stock of the main defect replacement parts. And we're not even talking about the precious Ferrari engine, on which all eyes seem to be focused when it comes to profligacy.
In the case of BMW greater availability of parts and mechanical simplicity are only opponent in the price of some items. But when it comes to restoration, it is always better when the pieces are the same.
Fabulous in its time, both BMW M535i as the Lancia Thema 8:32 still make heads turn, but for different reasons. In the case of the Italian exotic engine that hides it gives it a pedigree far above its dynamic potential. But the German, with his quiet personality, conquers our hearts every curve described artistically, winning this comparison by the way can communicate what the mechanics will doing every second.
We appreciate the collaboration to Classic Care Center (Tel 214 693 072), with the #Lancia-Thema-8:32 and Manuel Mascarenhas (Tel 962 793 114), with the #BMW-M535i . Both cars are for sale.
Sports details donated by division sporty #BMW Motorsport GmbH make unlike the interior of the 5 Series E28.
The five-speed gearbox is smooth and the Lancia relatively precise, especially at low speeds and when not asked too much engine.
Aesthetically the M535i's body is distinguished from others by the use of a small rear spoiler, side sills deeper and specific bumpers, sports and more pronounced.
Distinguished in appearance, the Thema only reveals the pedigree of his Ferrari engine in the logos "8:32" in yellow and bumpers painted in body colour. The interior features a number of useful tools...
With its electrically adjustable seats, upholstered type alcantara, the interior of the Thema 8:32 is higher than the BMW.
Lined with the finest materials, the interior is luxurious Lancia
Kids, do not try this at home. Bending aside does not come naturally to Thema
TECH DATA #Lancia-Thema 8 / 32 #1986 - #1989
Number built 4000
Engine V8-cylinder engine, front transverse position / #Ferrari
Distribution 4 camshafts to the head, 32 valves
Bore x Stroke 81mm X 71mm
Displacement (cm3) 2927
Power electronic injection #Bosch-Jetronic-KE3
Max power (DIN bhp / rpm) 212/6750
Torque max (Nm / rpm) 285/4500
Suspension front, MacPherson type, helical springs; rear, rocker arms, coil springs; telescopic shock absorbers and bars stabilizing;
Transmission Front, from 5-speed manual gearbox
Steering Rack and pinion, with power assistance
Brakes front ventilated discs; rear disks; #Bosch-ABS ;
Unibody chassis, bodywork steel, four doors and five seats
Fuel tank capacity 70-litres
Wheels / Tires 15 '' / 205/55 VR15;
Dimensions Length: 4590 mm
Wheelbase: 2660 mm
Width: 1750 mm
Weight (kg) 1405
Acceleration 0-100 kmh (sec. 0-62MPH) 6.8
Top speed 240 kmh
Spartan but coated with materials quality, the inside of the M535i stands up well over the years.
Worked by Motorsport GmbH, the brilliant chassis 5-series #BMW-E28 is revealed in curve.
Banks kind Bacquet has demonstrated remarkable strength, sin only the slight sway in the pipeline (BMW defect of this season)
TECH DATA #BMW-M535i-E28 #1984 - #1987
Number built 9483
Engine 6-cylinder inline, front longitudinal position / #M30 / #M30B35
Distribution 1 overhead camshaft head, 12 valves
Bore x Stroke 92 X 86mm
Displacement (cm3) 3430
Power electronic injection #Bosch-Motronic-DME / #Bosch-Motronic / #Bosch
Maximum power (bhp DIN / rpm) 218/5500
Maximum torque (Nm / rpm) 310/4000
Suspension front, MacPherson struts, springs Helical; rear swing arms, helical springs; shock absorbers #Bilstein and stabilizer bars;
Transmission, 5-speed manual gearbox with limited slip differential (25%)
Steering Recirculating Ball, #ZF
Brakes with assistance ahead ventilated discs; rear disks; #ABS
Unibody chassis, bodywork steel, four doors and five seats capacity
Wheels / Tires 15.5 '' (R390) / #Michelin-TRX 220/55 VR 390
Dimensions length: 4620 mm
Wheelbase: 2625 mm
Width: 1710 mm
Weight (kg) 1414
Acceleration 0-100 kmh ( 0-62MPH sec.) 7.2
Top speed 230 kmh
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