Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The S4 Stradale is one of those obscure homologation specials whose name is whispered in hushed reverence. Everyone knows the poster-boy specials from the Group B era - the RS200, the 6R4, the 205 T16 - but the road-going version of the Delta S4 is such a rare sight that very few people have ever actually seen one. Just 200 were built (er, supposedly; some suggest that the figure was closer to 65) to meet homologation regs, of which around 45 remain - the rest having been crashed or converted into full-bore competition cars. They offered 250bhp in road tune from the innovatively twincharged (that is, both turbocharged and supercharged) 1.8-litre 4-pot, and featured a luxuriously trimmed interior compared to their gravel-spitting rally counterparts.
This particular S4 has been subject to a sympathetic restoration, is producing a healthy 300bhp, and will amuse your bank manager to the tune of £240,000. Look out for a feature on it by yours truly in a forthcoming issue of Retro Cars magazine...
Spotted at the London Classic Car Show - click here for more photos.