The pop-up headlights are worth the investment alone.
A new trend has emerged where small coachbuilders take newer supercars and transform them into modern interpretations of classic models. Manifattura Automobili Torino will transform a Ferrari F430 into a Lancia Stratos and another company called Ares Design has set out to build a modern De Tomaso Pantera.
Now Ares Design has finished its masterpiece and we are proud to say, the Pantera is back. The Ares Design Panther, otherwise known as the Project 1, is the first model in what the company calls its "Legends Reborn” program, so get ready to see even more reborn retro supercars in the future.
You may remember the original Pantera, which was an Italian designed body mated with an American engine from Ford. This new version is all-Italian because it's based on a Lamborghini Huracan. Power comes from the Huracan's 5.2-liter V10 sending 641 horsepower to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Ares Design added a bit more power than a standard Huracan via a tuned ECU and new exhaust system.
Thanks to the Lambo power, the Project one is incredibly quick with a 0-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds. It is also just as fast as the stock Huracan with a top speed of 201 mph. We wonder if those pop-up headlights will have any impact on aerodynamics at over 200 mph but hey, at least they look cool and now use integrated LED lighting.
The Project 1 is completely coachbuilt, so owners can customize the interior to their liking with Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery. Ares Design says deliveries will start in May with a starting price of $695,000, which includes the cost of the donor car. If you're interested, the build will take around four months if you live in the US, so you may want to get your order in now.