Modena-based Ares Design has arrived at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este with the Panther, and this is one of the first video tours showing the coachbuilt Italian supercar.
Courtesy of NM2255, we can take a tour around what used to be a Lamborghini Huracan but now wears new bodywork and interior, paying tribute to the classic De Tomaso Pantera.
Power still comes from the Huracan’s naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine, which has been retuned to produce 641hp (650PS) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque. The all-wheel drive system and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission are still present.
Ares claims a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 201mph (325km/h). Despite the totally different bodywork, the Ares Panther weighs almost the same as the donor car, at 1,423kg (3,137lbs).
Compared to the Huracan, the Ares Panther appears longer and narrower. All the custom body panels are made out of carbon fiber, a material that’s also used extensively to both the engine bay and the interior of the coachbuilt supercar. And there are pop-up headlights, which is an instant win on our books.
Judging from the video, the Panther looks to be a proper quality item, with tight panel gaps all around and a nicely finished interior. All the custom details inside and out appear to justify the near $700k price tag.
Apart from the Ares Panther, De Tomaso fans have also one more reason to cheer about as the historic brand will be revived this year by the same people behind Apollo, showcasing a new model at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.