Area Design has a brand new project for 2018, the Project Panther which is a tribute to the exquisite Italiano design culture that has given the world some of the most drool-worthy cars. This one though might make you drool for a little longer. Project Panther by ARES Design, a coachbuilder out of Modena, Italy, is a Lamborghini Huracan underneath, with an original body on top inspired by the DeTomaso Pantera. Pop up headlamps from the yesteryear were something so cool, but tragically disappeared from cars. The Project Panther has pop up headlamps and we applaud the decision to introduce the 70s style headlamps on a new car, especially considering the difficulties that the carmaker may have faced doing it.
The Panther shares the chassis and drivetrain with the Lamborghini Huracan, so it must deliver similar performance since it is powered by the 5.2-litre V10 with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. So, 0-100 km/h will be done in three seconds and a top speed of about 320 km/h.
There are only a limited number of pictures available so far and more details will be coming soon since the Panther is to go on sale in the second half of 2018. This being a coach built supercar, production numbers will be extremely low, and the company says it has already received a few deposits on cars.
The Panther will be built at ARES' production facility in Modena, Italy. The Project Panther is Ares’ first supercar, but with supervision from ex-Lotus CEO Dany Bahar, we could expect to be a hoot to drive. Project Panther will be the halo car for now, but ARES also mentions it has “much more to come in 2018.”