Along with its new lightweight construction, the European CSL is fitted with a Busso 3.2-litre V6 engine, complete with fully mapped fuel injection and balanced, ported and polished cylinder heads, mated to a five-speed transaxle. All engine modifications are carried out in-house by a team that has tuned some of the most powerful engines on the historic motorsport circuit. The new engine will deliver in excess of 300bhp – a significant upgrade over both the previous iterations of the Outlaw, at around 220bhp, and the original Aurelia itself, which offered around 118bhp.
The standard Outlaw package is well equipped to handle the additional power but, just as relentless development was at the core of Lancia’s philosophy, so too is it a part of Thornley Kelham’s. It has been designed to a ‘fast road’ specification, delivering an experience very much in the image of the Aurelia’s nimble road rally personality – albeit one more in line with the expectations of the modern performance car owner. Weighing in at a little over 1 100kg, the European CSL is incomparably light by modern standards, offering an entirely different thrill to heavy modern road cars with turbocharged engines and wide tyres. It offers a razor-sharp purity that simply can’t be recreated, even in the most driver-focused road cars of today.
The final three iterations of Outlaw will not only receive the modern disc brakes, pedal box, rack-and-pinion steering and uprated suspension of previous commissions but will also be fitted with a limited-slip differential, revised front suspension, optional power steering and fully uprated rear suspension.