Ares reinvents classic Italian supercar with the Panther ProgettoUno

Beloved DeTomaso Pantera recreated by Ares Design using Lamborghini underpinnings and screaming V10 engine

Custom coach building is back in a big way. Think kit-car but with proper quality and engineering. Ares Design are are the forefront of this trend of re-bodying exotic cars and the Panther ProgettoUno is their latest creation.

Underneath you’ll find the mutilated carcass of a Lamborghini Huracan, complete with it’s wonderful V10. Ares then set about giving it a complete makeover and what a makeover it is. The design is a modern reinterpretation of the DeTomaso Pantera from the ’70s and ’80s. A car considered by many to be one of the best looking supercars ever.

The redesign makes the Areas Panther, to my eyes at least, far better looking than the Lambo on which it’s based. Plus it has something no Lamborghini has anymore – pop-up headlights!

The donated underpinnings means you get all-wheel-drive and 650hp from the screaming V10. Don’t expect a huge departure in driving dynamics from the Huracan donor but then if it isn’t broken, why fix it. The Lamborghini Huracan is well known for being quite exciting to drive but suffers from one crucial issue – It’s a Lamborghini and lets face it, it’s hard to look cool in one these days. You just look like you’re compensating for something. Ares fixes that by giving you a look that will be truly unique.

The look doesn’t come cheap though. We’re told prices will start around £461,000 and there will be just 21 units made.

Inside the Panther utilises more Lambo kit but with some unique touches to make it feel like its own car. The seats are coated with Alcantara and bespoke leather and a bespoke high-definition Daniel Hertz audio system is also installed. Ares claim this to be a world first for the firm.

Production has already started at Ares’ Modena facility. Ares also offer a range of modified road cars including a Targa version of the 911 GT3, a restomod Corvette Stingray, an uprated Land Rover Defender and even a BMW motorbike. Coach-building for the 21st century?

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