ARES PAN­THER

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What is it?

It’s the re­turn of pop-up head­lights.

A quiet mo­ment of tri­umph for a truly distin­guish­ing fea­ture, un­fairly con­signed to his­tory. They be­long to the rather tasty new Ares Pan­ther, which is in­spired by the Seven­ties De To­maso Pan­tera.

Un­der­neath sits a car­bon/alu­minium chas­sis from a Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán, and a re­vamped ver­sion of that Lambo V10 – in­creased from 5.2 litres to 5.6 litres – pro­duc­ing 650bhp and 413lb ft of torque. The throt­tle re­sponse and gearshifts (from a seven-speed dual-clutcher) have also been sharp­ened, and we’re promised the whole thing will sound very good in­deed. “One of the most sig­nif­i­cant char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Ares Pan­ther is its voice. The sound pro­duced from the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V10 is noth­ing short of a roar,” ex­plains tech boss and big cat fa­natic Mat­teo Vez­zani.

Can I buy one?

Only 21 Pan­thers are sched­uled to be built, each start­ing at €515,000. Ares De­sign has con­firmed that all 2018 cars have al­ready been or­dered, with each one tak­ing 24 weeks to build. Look out for Fer­rari 250 GTO and 400i homages in the pipe­line.

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