Stunning 700-HP De Tomaso P72 Gears Up For Production

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It's been over two years since the De Tomaso P72 prototype debuted at Goodwood.

Best known for building the mid-engined Pantera sports car, De Tomaso made a triumphant return to the automotive industry back in 2019 when it unveiled its first new car in decades just in time for its 60th annviersary: the retro-inspired P72. Built on the same platform as the V12-powered Apollo Intensa Emozione, the De Tomaso P72 is inspired by prototype race cars from the 1960s like the De Tomaso P70.

Since then, development of the P72 has continued, with homologation prototypes being put through their paces by Spanish racing driver Carmen Jorda. It's been a long wait, but it looks like the De Tomaso P72 is finally ready for production.

De Tomaso Automobili/YouTube
De Tomaso Automobili/YouTube

De Tomaso has posted a mysterious new teaser video that suggests the production P72 will break cover in just a few days. Dubbed "Anteprima - The Paradigm Thread by De Tomaso," the short 51-second teaser shows a series of close-up shots panning around the P72. What looks like an original P70 that inspired it also makes an appearance, showing the design evolution. The video then ends confirming that all will be revealed next week on December 9, so we don't have long to wait.

De Tomaso hasn't shared any details about the mystery reveal, but the car shown in the video looks production-ready. Like the Pantera, the P72 is powered by a Ford-sourced 5.0-liter V8.

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De Tomaso Automobili/YouTube
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De Tomaso Automobili/YouTube

However, this version has been supercharged by Roush, increasing the output to 700 horsepower and 608 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Production of the De Tomaso P72 is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2022. Only 72 examples will be made, each expected to start at around $850,000.

The P72 will be built in the US as part of De Tomaso's Mission American Automotive Renaissance initiative that aims to restore the "glory days of automotive design and preeminence." The location of De Tomaso's new US factory and operations is still unknown, so we could find out next week.

Brian Smith
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