Italian coachbuilder ARES Design took the wraps off its most ambitious model recently, codenamed “Project Panther,” a modern interpretation of the classic De Tomaso Pantera but based on a Lamborghini Huracan instead of a V8 Ford.
ARES, which was founded by former Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, hopes to have its “bespoke creations” department begin turning out examples of the supercar in summer 2018.
The car will be built around the Huracan’s lightweight aluminum and carbon-fibre chassis, and be powered by its 600-horsepower mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine, though we expect the company will offer customers more power if requested.
The Lambo’s dual-clutch and all-wheel-drive carries over, too.
Performance figures have not been revealed, but should be in the same range as the Lambo’s: a zero-to-100 km/h sprint of three seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h (200 mph).
ARES Design says it’s worked with about 200 customers since it was founded three years ago, most of them conscripting the company to customize and personalize their vehicles’ interiors or exteriors.
Best known so far for projects like a one-off two-door Bentley Mulsanne coupe and its Mercedes-AMG G 63-based X-Raid, Project Panther will become the firm’s new halo product.
Assembly will be completed in ARES’ new Modena facility, though expected production numbers have not been released, nor has the price tag. Suffice it to say, it won’t be cheap, but that hasn’t deterred at least a few customers from already putting down deposits for one.