Back in 2017, a company called Ares Design out of Modena, Italy, announced it would build a modern tribute to the legendary DeTomaso Pantera of the 1970s. A year later, we were treated to spy shots that showed a very Pantera-like profile and pop-up headlights(!). Now, the car has finally been unveiled in-full. Meet the Ares Panther.
Based on a Lamborghini Huracan, the Panther uses that car's 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10, tuned to 650 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque—more than the Huracan Evo. Power gets to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Top speed is 202 mph.
Luckily, the production Panther retains the test mule's pop-ups, adding modern running lights at the leading edge of the bumper. From the side you can spot the car's Huracan origins from the door and side vents, but Ares did a good job of evoking and modernizing the Pantera's shape and style. The body panels are all carbon fiber, helping to keep the car relatively slim at a claimed 3138-lb dry curb weight.
The inside is pretty much all Huracan, save for some unique stitching and lots of carbon fiber trim. Production will start in May 2019, with just 21 units available. With a starting price of 615,000 Euros (around $697,000), it's not cheap. But with bespoke, low-production exotics like these, nothing ever is.