Ares Design Panther a worthy tribute to the DeTomaso Pantera

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finally has its


ready. Codenamed Project 1 because it launches the Italian coachbuilder’s Legends Reborn series, the Panther prowls as a modern interpretation of yesteryear’s DeTomaso Pantera. Based on an all-wheel drive

Lamborghini Huracán

, the Panther does well to mimic the fat-back wedge of the original, and restores pop-up headlights to the 21st century performance cars.

The specs go some way beyond DeTomaso’s effort. Thanks to an


tune, sports catalytic converters and a new exhaust, the 5.2-liter V10 is rated at 650 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. That’s 300 hp and 110 lb-ft away from the


-sourced 5.8-liter Cleveland V8 in the 1988 Pantera GT5 S. It’s also 20 hp beyond the current Huracán Evo. The bodywork’s been spun from carbon fiber, yielding a 3,138-pound dry curb weight, which is 91 pounds more than the Huracán Performante, four pounds more than the Evo version.

Six-piston Brembos up front and four-piston units in back clamp carbon carbon ceramic discs behind a sweet set of staggered bronze wheels, 20 inches ahead, 21 inches astern. Those brakes will come in handy considering the 202-mph top speed.

The interior can be dressed up any way an owner wishes, naturally. The demo model smothers the


interior in even more carbon fibers, leather, Alcantara and cross-stitching.

Ares Design will build only 21 Panthers, with first deliveries in May. The conversion takes three months, the price opens at 615,000 euros before options, or $696,300 in U.S. specie. None of those figures have any bearing on you, though, because all 21 build slots have already been paid for. So enjoy the gallery.

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