ARES Design Project Panther Brings De Tomaso Pantera Into The 21st Century

ARES Design has just revealed the first images and details of its upcoming supercar, codenamed ‘Project Panther’.

The Italian coachbuilder is the brain child of Dany Bahar, the Swiss businessman best known for his controversial time as chief executive of Lotus. With Project Panther, the company wants to create a modern interpretation of the De Tomaso Pantera.

Powering the vehicle is the same 5.2-liter V10 engine, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive system as the Lamborghini Huracan, expected to deliver the same 602 hp. Additionally, Project Panther uses the same aluminum and carbon fiber chassis as the Huracan and promises to be every bit as fast.

While the car’s underpinnings may be all Lamborghini, the exterior is something unique and to our eyes, absolutely gorgeous. Perfectly combining retro design elements with modern flair, the Project Panther includes LED daytime running lights, pop-up headlights, a small front grille, and a low engine cover clad in carbon fiber.

Discussing the car, Bahar said it will be built at the company’s new manufacturing facility in Modena.

“We started ARES three years ago with unprecedented demand to work on the personalisation of clients’ cars, and have satisfied well over 200 customers with unique interiors, exterior design elements, bodywork engineering and performance upgrades. Our new Modena facility allows us to move above and beyond this normal personalisation service, bringing together new design and engineering technologies, teams of skilled craftsmen, and passionate experts who have joined us from local supercar businesses.”

ARES Design claims that the car is currently undergoing design, aerodynamic, and crash-test engineering assessment before reaching the hands of customers in the second half of 2018. Pricing details have yet to be announced.

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  • gor134

    oof those wheels from the 2006 Lamborghini Miura Concept are hot.

  • donald seymour

    I’m all in for this. Has a factory rated engine which means it also has a network already set in place for any repairs.

  • Benjamin B.

    I would have used a Ford 5.2L Voodoo flat plane V8 engine with twin turbochargers.

    • Michelin

      Lamborghini engine is far better!!!

      • Six Thousand Times

        Debatable and if you’re modernising a Pantera…

  • Stephen Baxter

    Will someone please Photoshop this into a modern 512bb

    • that’s what it looks like we agree… even looks photoshoped on a 458

    • They already made it… It’s called Ferrari SP12

  • Six_Tymes

    Cool idea actually. A lot of car makers would be jealous if this were produced as seen in these images, they are very sharp.

  • NOT BAD.

  • john1168

    I love me some Pantera but I’ll believe this when I see it…

  • jsz00

    The front wheels are pushed too far back, note that there’s no image showing the side profile because the proportion is weird. Amateur work.

  • Zed68
  • Miknik

    Although the front 3/4 view has more of a Ferrari 308/328/299 GTO vibe – which aint bad, considering their timeless beauty – this would be retro done right. And look how that beauty works in comparison to many “tuner special targeting the nouveau riche” super cars nowadays…

  • Bash

    Cool.

  • Ray Filetti

    At first glance, I thought it was a retro of a 308GTB. The front hood slopes down too much to the bottom of the screen, like a 308. It should stay slightly flatter. Other than that, OK, if that’s what people want.
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  • el brago

    Cool.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Usually I find supercar design to be boring, but in this case the retro-styling works big time in its favor. Nice.

  • Tinky-Winky

    …and the lights go up and the lights go down, lights go up, lights go down, up, down, up down….

  • Vassilis

    Sweeeet!

  • Minorities but I personally disapproved because the car feel rip off original Pantera. Instead more of evocation or tribute in the line of New Stratos, P4/5 or Disco Volante.

    Like their Ener-G Force knockoff. It’s just feel not creative enough.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks legit. I’m worried about the Bahar connection and suspicious that this is just a Lamborghini rebody. Still, the look is modern Pantera.

    • It is a Lamborghini rebody… As with most coachbuild special. It’s more of a convenient for road registration and conformity.

      The rules is like as long you didn’t change the pillars and windshield, doors and you should be alright.

      • Six Thousand Times

        I’d prefer something more organic than a rebody of another maker’s car.

        • I don’t know I like the idea of Coachbuild car. They are ultimate expression of styling and exclusivity.

          Beside it’s pretty much the same as the old days. Only back then people use Chasis only.

          And also Coachbuild cars allows designer and carrozeria to put design that would be impossible in modern safety regulations (i.e pop up headlamps)

          • Six Thousand Times

            I hear you but look at the coachbuilt Ferraris. Not every one was a success but none of them tried to be a Pantera. That’s my problem here. Put your own design on a Lambo but don’t make a fake Pantera. And if you want to try a modern Pantera, start from the ground up and use a Ford motor.

          • Yeah that is why I wrote in here that I don’t like this Ares project simply because they are not creative in terms of design. It’s like they just copy and paste.

  • Carl

    I hope this car makes it to production even though it’s a rebody I’m super excited to see a new car with pop up headlights! I just wish it was the 8 series or something going in full production. At least 1 car needs them nostalgic sake. Without them it wouldn’t be a proper successor.

  • SteersUright

    I’d love to see a modern interpretation of a Miura. This Pantera is pretty nice though, but the tail lights need to be redone in my opinion. Otherwise, very cool.

  • zM

    … am I the only one seeing some sort of copy paste job (or at least “inspired”) on those taillights? From that american Corvette? Oh well :B