Italian car maker Ares Design is paying homage to the defunct De Tomaso by breathing new life into its iconic Pantera with a new car called the Panther.

As part of its ‘Legends Reborn’ campaign that alreadyreskinned a Ferrari 412 , Ares borrowed the Pantera design inspo from De Tomaso to recreate the classic ’70s wedge-shape and distinct Pantera sex appeal, complete with pop-up LED headlights.

All very Pantera on the surface, but beneath the carbon-fibre body panels, Ares has performed a serious transplant, giving its Panther the chassis, AWD system, gearbox and engine of a Lamborghini Huracan.

With this, the Pantera’s original 350-ish-horsepower Ford V8 engine gets replaced by a tuned and throbbing 5.2-litre V10 making 641 horsepower (10 more than the Huracan) and 442 lb.-ft. of torque.

So, it’s a lot more powerful than the original Pantera, but thanks to the rare Italian powerplant, probably also a lot more to repair engine-wise.

With its Lambo frame, the Ares tribute, announced back in 2017, is in fact a bit wider and longer than the original Pantera, but it mimics the proportions well with 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels.

The entry point for one of the limited-run Panthers the Italian designers will be making comes at a hefty €515,000 (CDN$775,000). But don’t worry, you’ll be spared the investment opportunity. All 21 models have already been pre-ordered.

Source: Driving

March 15, 2019