ARES Design Begins Testing The Panther, A Modern Day Take On The De Tomaso Pantera

Project Panther is inching closer to production as ARES Design has released the first pictures of a camouflaged prototype.

Originally announced last year, the Panther is a limited production model which is envisioned as a modern-day version of the De Tomaso Pantera. Despite its retro-inspired design, the car will be based on the Lamborghini Huracan and feature custom carbon fiber bodywork as well as pop-up headlights.

Power will be provided an upgraded 5.6-liter V10 engine that produces an estimated 650 PS (478 kW / 641 hp) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. This would be 40 PS (29 kW / 39 hp) more the Huracan and the company suggested the final figure could be even higher.

ARES Design declined to say how fast the car will be, but it could be even quicker than the Huracan which can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.2 seconds before hitting a top speed in excess of 325 km/h (201 mph). Regardless of the final numbers, the company says the model will have an improved throttle response and sharper shifts from the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

According to ARES Design founder and former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, “This is a really exciting moment for us. Within just six months of announcing the Panther project we have our test car on the road and are ready to present to the world our expression of a car that I dreamt of as a kid.” He went on to describe the model as a “perfect blend of old school charm and charisma.”

The Panther is slated to go into production in October and pricing will start at €515,000 ($597,374 / £461,600). Only 21 units will be built and all of the build spots for 2018 have already been spoken for.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Too close to the original and they could have taken some liberties with the design. And the front is so high it almost looks like a front engined car.

  • ErnieB

    I’d rather go find and buy an original..

  • Zandit75

    Not sure how they’re going to get around legislation over pop up headlights.

    • Because they still registered it as Lamborghini Huracan. So the bodyworks is considered as modifications.

      • дапвт

        That doesn’t make a difference. You can modify it all you want, it’s still not allowed. And it’s based on Huracan, not registered as Huracan unless that VIN will say Huracan.

        • It does, because you don’t have to certified your car all over again, and… you can just see modified cars where they grafted front end with other cars or convert the car to accept it.

          Well… since their Bentley Coupe is still registered as a Mulsanne, I expect the same with this. That’s why they are cheaper than what Ferrari would cost you for one off car. Also another thing, you think Hennessey Venom GT is titled as such? You might be surprised that it says Lotus Exige in their paper.

  • john1168

    meh… I’d rather have an original myself.

  • Still don’t like the car, nothing short but a blatant rip off of the original. The only redeeming feature I can see is that Ares don’t charge gazillions like Ferrari do.

  • enthusia

    i mean its interesting, but this whole retro-revival thing should’ve been left in the 2000’s.

  • haji

    I thought those retractable headlights are no longer allowed due to pedestrian safety regs. Having said that, I m looking forward for this modelle.

  • fgclolz

    I actually like it, but they should ditch the pop up headlights.

    • S3XY

      Pop up headlights are awesome

      • fgclolz

        I agree, but more moving parts mean more things that can break.

      • Genuinely one of the reasons why I’m super excited for it! Nothing beats some good ol’ pop-up headlight action.

  • Think the missed the point of car camouflage, you dont apply it then do an up close photoshoot haha

    • I think everyone missed the essence of car camouflage these days. With photographer having pre arranged locations and all.

  • fabri99

    It looks very good and I see the links to the original Pantera. It will also be interesting to see if pop-up headlamps still work nowadays, or if they should have stayed in the last century (and early 2000s).
    The price is a bit of an issue thoug: 515k for a rebodied Huracan is too much… Yes, Ferrari charges you five times that for F12-based one-offs, but at the same time you could get the original 1970s Pantera for about €150-200.000. And with the remaining 300k you could get a proper supercar, like a 720S, an Aventador or a 812 Superfast, miles better than a Huracan (and therefore than this ARES).

    • I think that’s what Bahar keep saying about his company, he afford bespoke tailored cars for a fraction of manufacturer would do, and it seems to be working well. Although it has rather rocky start.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I rarely get excited. This time i am.

  • TB

    Oh wow….nice…!

  • Matt Nacier

    C7 Vette Taillights!

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    The want factor is big with this one!

  • gregory cassanova

    Are those rear lights from a corvette?

  • Carl

    I’m super excited someone was brave enough to put popups on a new car. Kit or not this is a dream come true!

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