"Pastiche" is, in so many words, any work that pays homage to another work, especially that of another artist or time period. It's an apt way of referring to most any Tarantino film, and the perfect word to describe this gorgeous retromodern bit of automotive tastiness: the Ares Design Panther.
Strictly speaking, the Panther is sort of just a reskinned Lamborghini Huracan, molded in the image of De Tomaso's long-lived Ford-powered "Pantera" supercar, but in actuality, it's so much more than that, for one simple reason: pop-up headlamps. It has pop-up headlamps.
And you can see those pop-up headlamps in action, for yourself, thanks to a new hype video from Ares.
The Ares Panther - or technically, "Panther ProgettoUno" - has been in the works for quite some time now; our first article on the exclusive, bespoke supercar dates all the way back to 2017. But just over a year after making its in-person debut at Italy's Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este last May, it seems the Panther is actually in production, with pricing - previously thought to be right around the $700,000 mark, including the donor Huracan - available upon request.
Bummed about that price tag? There's more to be upset about. While production was previously expected to encompass 70 units, give or take, Ares just recently announced a 21-unit cap.
More than just a pretty face, the Ares Panther ProgettoUno promises an exquisite driving experience, as well, with 650 horsepower on tap courtesy of Lamborghini's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10, tuned and fitted with a custom stainless exhaust. The car uses every ounce of that thrust to sprint to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds, and given enough runway, it will top out at "over 325" kph (202 mph), although how much "over" is unknown. And best of all, the body - as the title of this video "Shaping Carbon" so elegantly refers to - is made entirely of carbon fiber.
If you happen to have the better part of a million lying around, we highly suggest picking one up. Did we mention it has pop-up headlamps?