Ever Heard of a Lancia Hyena?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Feb 4, 2021 | Lancia, Hyena

The exterior shape of the Lancia Hyena Zagato may look unfamiliar, but the car with which it shares its engine and drivetrain is probably more familiar: the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione.

That’s right, the Hyena is essentially a coupe version of the 200-horsepower, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive, Group A-dominating Lancia hatchback.

Said to be the brainchild of Andrea Zagato himself and a Dutch Lancia importer by the name of Paul Koot, the Hyena had its power output pushed anywhere from 250 to 300 horsepower, depending on the customer’s wishes.

Speaking of customers, there certainly weren’t a lot: Out of a planned production of 500, only 24 were ever built. That means this bright-green one going up for auction is particularly rare.

RM Sotheby’s hasn’t included how much it expects this Lancia to sell for, but the odometer showing less than 8950 kilometers (approximately 5561 miles) just might have an impact on its value.

How much do you think this unique Lancia Hyena Zagato will fetch? More or less than the combined values of an Acura Integra Type R and an BMW E30-chassis M3?  

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Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
2/3/21 3:37 p.m.

Well they certainly got the name right.  Woof!

Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Ex-Patrón) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/3/21 3:40 p.m.

The Cramps wrong a song called Haul-ass Hyena in 1997, but there is no documented connection to this make of car that I've ever been able to uncover.

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
2/3/21 6:47 p.m.

Uhh... yep. Hyena butt. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
2/3/21 7:11 p.m.

This car is ugly in the best way. 

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
2/3/21 7:13 p.m.

I love the HF badging, the color and the wheels.

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/3/21 9:14 p.m.

That is an ugly car.  24 might be too many.

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 SuperDork
2/4/21 8:45 a.m.

It looks better to me today than it did when it was a new car on the show circuit. Stock Integrale is still my preference by far.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
2/4/21 9:07 a.m.

Never heard of it, and I certainly wish I'd never seen it. Yeesh.

wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
2/4/21 10:38 a.m.
NickD said:

Never heard of it, and I certainly wish I'd never seen it. Yeesh.

Certainly an unprepossessing image, isn't it?

I prefer my mental images of Lancias to be more like these:

 

MotorsportsGordon
MotorsportsGordon HalfDork
2/4/21 10:47 a.m.

It's definitely an interesting design but in fairness saga to during the 90s certainly put out distinctive and love it hate design which at the very least you can't say is a copy or bland.

zagato did the Alfa Romeo sz so this is in their 90s design language.

MotorsportsGordon
MotorsportsGordon HalfDork
2/4/21 10:50 a.m.

Colors with this car definitely plays a role in its looks in my opinion 


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/4/21 10:58 a.m.

Kinda looks like a car I once drew in my social studies notebook. 

TR7 (Forum Supporter)
TR7 (Forum Supporter) Reader
2/4/21 11:06 a.m.

Looks neat. Id happily own one. 

gearheadE30
gearheadE30 Dork
2/4/21 11:33 a.m.

that A pillar/windshield treatment bothers me just as much on the Hyena as it does on the SZ. I always thought that was the big bummer of the SZ's design.

Vajingo
Vajingo Reader
2/4/21 11:41 a.m.
MotorsportsGordon said:

It's definitely an interesting design but in fairness saga to during the 90s certainly put out distinctive and love it hate design which at the very least you can't say is a copy or bland.

zagato did the Alfa Romeo sz so this is in their 90s design language.

While this one is rwd, one gripe I had about the 90's Alfa's was the fwdness. Such a great looking car gets reduced to a rather uninspiring drivetrain. 

golfduke
golfduke Dork
2/4/21 12:02 p.m.

In reply to MotorsportsGordon :

That is one ugly butt... 

I'm sure it's probably not as ugly in person, but that straight-back photo of the rear is... woof... 

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