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.


  • 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


  • 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.

  • el brago


  • 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


  • 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

Ay Caramba! One-Off Turquoise Koenigsegg CCXR Crashes In Mexico

The CCXR seems to have hit a concrete poll first and then slammed into a curb.

See The New 2020 Toyota Supra In All Eight Color Options

The standard 2020 Toyota GR Supra will arrive in U.S. dealers in fall this year.

New Chevrolet Onix Is Yet Another Compact Sedan For China

The new Chevrolet Onix will be offered with 1.0-liter and 1.3-liter engines.

China’s 2020 Buick Encore II To Sit Alongside New Chevrolet Tracker

First photos of China’s new 2020 Buick Encore II have surfaced ahead of its debut later this year.

Tesla Gives Model 3 A 5% Power Increase Via Software Update

Even the base, $35k Model 3 can do the 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds, but now it’s even faster.

Cargo Ship Carrying New 911 GT2 RS’ Sinks, Porsche To Resume Production Of Model

The cargo ship was carrying several new Porsche and Audi models, including four 911 GT2 RSs.

Brand New 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Was Kept In Trailer For 11 Years

You can get this Challenger for $37k – or a 2019 R/T one and save $2,5k for fuel or whatever.

Here’s Our First Look At Top Gear Without Matt LeBlanc And Rory Reid

The two well known Top Gear hosts are being replaced by Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness.

New 2020 Corvette C8 Renderings Might Be Onto Something

The CGIs are modeled after the most recent sighting of 2020 Corvette testers.

Bugatti Could Be Working On An All-New Royale

Rumored to launch in 2023, the Bugatti Royale is said to be an electric vehicle which could have around 870 hp.