The Ares Panther's Pop-Up Headlights Are the Best Type of Throwback

A modern-era DeTomaso Pantera, based on the Lamborghini Huracán, complete with headlights that went away in 2004. Intrigued?

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Last December, we got so excited about the renders of the Panther sent out by Ares Design that we said it wouldn't matter whether they could pull it off, or fold like so many have before. Six months later, here we are, looking at the brand's first prototype:

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How is this better than the Lamborghini it's based on, you may ask? Well, for starters, the V10 is 5.6-liters instead of the stock 5.2, producing 650 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque in these early stages of development. That naturally-aspirated masterpiece was also sound-engineered to perfection, resulting in what is described by technical chief Matteo Vezzani as "nothing short of a roar." Additionally, the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox was upgraded, resulting in crisper shifts.

The Panther's Lamborghini-sourced chassis is fully wrapped in carbon fiber, featuring pop-up headlights, of all things.

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Considering how hidden lights have been forced out of designers' toolboxes since the C5 Corvette and Lotus Esprit went out of production in 2004, we've reached out to Aras Design to find out how they get around the pedestrian safety concern.

What's for sure is that Dany Bahar's company is only planning to build 21 Panthers, starting at $596,ooo each. Of course you're expected to spend more on a car that's guaranteed to stay rare, and takes 24 weeks to complete.

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