This yellow Lancia Delta Integrale at Radwood NorCal looks great. Its yellow, rally-bred Italian hatchback, a precursor to cars like the Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and any other number of compact cars turned fire-breathing rally car.

But, like, what bout the regular Delta? 

  • Car: Lancia Delta Integrale
  • Location: San Fransisco (Radwood NorCal)
  • Photog: Me (Kevin Williams)
  • Camera: Canon EOS M

I’m not going to be a contrarian and say bullshit like “the Integrale is too much! Just buy a regular two-wheel drive Lancia Delta, it’s just as good!” It’s probably not, duh. A big turbo four-cylinder, wide haunches, and all-wheel-drive can make even the most milquetoast of cars into a rally beast. I mean, look at the Toyota Yaris GR.

In a way, I feel like the Yaris GR is sort of a modern incarnation of the Lancia Delta Integrale Sure, in an obvious way, they’re both (three) four-cylinder engines, hotted-up rally cars built for the road, with wide haunches. They’re also both based upon normal hatchbacks that somehow are completely ignored, now.

Image: Kevin Williams

From what I’ve read in the European and Asian press, the non-GR Toyota Yaris hatchback is a perfectly competent car. It’s good looking, good quality, a sharp drive, reasonably priced, very fuel-efficient, small car. I, personally, am upset it’s not sold here in the United States; it’s desirable enough that a loaded-out trim with the (reportedly) very good six-speed manual, would be my forever car until the state forces me into an electro-EV transportation pod.

And yet, I don’t get the sense that many shits are given about it. Like the non-Integrale Lancia Delta, we don’t talk about the regular Yaris at all. Was it sharp to drive? Was it interesting? Who cares, we only want the Integrale, I guess. Whatever. Gawk at this yellow Integrale, who cares. It’s a good car.