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2025 Lancia Ypsilon HF

The 2025 Lancia Ypsilon HF marks a significant revival for the Lancia brand, now under the Stellantis umbrella, demonstrating its renewed commitment to rallying and high-performance vehicles. Announced to return to the rallying scene, Lancia is introducing high-performance (HF) versions for all its future models, starting with the full-electric Ypsilon HF, which promises 240 horsepower. This reintroduction is a part of Stellantis's pledge to maintain all brands in its extensive portfolio, including the historically significant but troubled Lancia marque.

The fourth-generation Ypsilon, set for a 2024 launch, is the first in line to receive the HF treatment. The Ypsilon HF, a fully electric vehicle, features a front-mounted motor generating 237 horsepower. This aligns it with the Abarth 600e and Alfa Romeo Junior Veloce, thanks to their shared Common Modular Platform (CMP). The 54-kWh battery pack, also borrowed from the Alfa Romeo and Abarth models, powers the Ypsilon HF, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds, a notable feat for a small front-wheel-drive hatchback.

The Ypsilon HF's performance enhancements include a wider track and lowered suspension to improve handling. While its launch is scheduled for May 2025, it is being showcased early to build anticipation. Lancia’s plans extend beyond the Ypsilon, with HF versions of the Gamma and Delta models expected to follow, marking a broader strategy to imbue future vehicles with high-performance capabilities.

Historically, the HF logo, first used in 1960, became synonymous with Lancia’s racing success. Initially, the logo was a symbol for a club of Lancia owners with at least six cars, evolving into the HF Lancia Racing Team in 1963. Iconic models like the Fulvia Coupe HF, Stratos HF, and Delta HF Integrale Evolution bore this emblem during Lancia’s rallying heyday. The little elephant logo, a good luck charm chosen by Gianni Lancia, signifies performance and driving pleasure.

Accompanying the Ypsilon HF is the Ypsilon Rally 4 HF, marking Lancia’s re-entry into competitive rallying after a long hiatus. Unlike the electric Ypsilon HF, the Rally 4 HF is powered by a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine producing 209 horsepower. Developed to comply with FIA's Group Rally4 regulations, this front-wheel-drive rally car features a five-speed gearbox with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The car's design must closely resemble the production model, adhering to Group Rally4’s regulatory framework.