Modern-day De Tomaso Pantera gets a 650 horsepower V10

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Pop up headlights make a comeback with the Ares Panther

It was late last year when Ares Design first announced that they are building a supercar called the Ares Panther. As the name goes and design sketches showed, it will be a modern day interpretation of the classic De Tomaso Pantera supercar of the 1970's, which never seemed to have gotten a proper successor. Now, Ares Design has released official photos of the production-model Panther undergoing testing albeit covered in camouflage.

“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. The ARES Panther will be the perfect blend of old school charm and charisma, underpinned with an iconic modern chassis, and clothed in full carbon,” said Dany Bahar, Founder and CEO of Ares Design.

While the upcoming supercar is based on a Lamborghini Huracan, the body has been reshaped by Ares Design to look like that of the classic De Tomas Pantera. That said, the production model Panther appears to have remained faithful to the design sketches released before.

While the producton model Panther is still covered in camouflage, we can see that it brings back one of the most iconic designs back in the day – pop-up headlights. It also incorporates some modern designs and features such as the LED strips which likely act as daytime running lights and turn signals. At the rear, we can see some of the Huracan's features such as the rear fenders and the roofline. Completing the design would be the flat-vented engine cover.

According to Ares Design, the Hurcan's 5.2-liter V10 now displaces 5.6-liters and produces 650 horsepowr and 560 Nm of torque. Throttle response has also been improved combined with sharper gear changes from the 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

For 2018, Ares Design will build only 21 units of the Panther; all of which have already been accounted for. It is also the first of many creations from Ares' 'Legends Reborn' series, which is intended to resurrect classic supercars from the day with a modern twist.

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