Mike Stevens | May 14, 2009

The movie Angels & Demons opens nationally today, and the more motor-minded among you might have noticed the automotive star of the film and wondered what it is.

Well, it’s a 2009 Lancia Delta 1.8 Di Turbo Jet that Tom Hanks, as Professor Langdon, fangs around European streets like a man possessed. Maybe he is?


The direct-injection turbo engine punches out 147kw (200hp) at 5000rpm, with an impressive 320Nm of torque.

The Delta 1.8 Di Turbo Jet, available only with a six-speed auto, will shove its way to 0-100 km/h in a reasonable 7.4 seconds, topping out at 230km/h.

Fuel consumption is also quite low at 7.8 l/100Km.


The Delta has loads of other goodies including self-adaptive bi-xenon head lights and satellite-navigation, along with a semi-automated parking system called “magic parking”.

What else would you expect from a car in a movie about other worldly beings?


Oh, and we quite like the Delta’s European advertising slogan, “One angel, 200 demons”, referring to the Delta’s double soul: angelic on the outside, but with 200 demons (referring to the horsepower figure) inside. A neat link between the car and movie, to be sure.


Of course, you won't get your hands on any Lancia models in Australia, with the Fiat subsidiary being a strictly European prospect.

Perhaps the angels are in charge at Lancia, and they don’t like that we’re 'down under'…

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