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2012 De Tomaso Pantera

The Pantera (Italian word for Panther) was a very successful sports car produced by De Tomaso between 1971 to 1991. Since its demise, many people have undoubtedly been dreaming of what a modern day Pantera would look like. In fact, Stefan Schulze even made up his own modern interpretation of the Pantera based on a Lamborghini Gallardo in an attempt to persuade De Tomaso to produce the car once again. Whether it was this rendering four years ago or the hum of eager fans, De Tomaso has decided that it is now time to bring back the catty beast to wreck havoc on our hearts once again.

The new Pantera is said to make its world debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, almost exactly 40 years after the car was first launched on the market. Our only hope is that the sports car will look better than the DeAuville SUV that was just launched at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

The original Pantera was powered by a V8 engine with an output of 330 HP, but rumors say that the new version will get a V8 engine with an impressive 550 HP. Here’s to hoping!

UPDATE 05/04/2011: Is that you, Pantera? YouTube member, Tappazzo, seemed to be at the right place at the right time when he caught a few seconds of video of what looks to be the future Pantera outside of DeTomaso’s Grugliasco plant in Italy. Could it be? Is it true? Take one look at that front end in the video after the jump and let us know what you think!

UPDATE 07/12/11: Circle your calendars, folks! The new De Tomaso Pantera is scheduled to be introduced at the 2011 IAA’s in Frankfurt in September! The model will weight about 2645 lbs and will be powered by a 600 HP Chevrolet Corvette V8. It’s been a long time coming, but we expect the wait to be worth it and more!

Source: Piston Heads



13 comments:

Modern day pantera, is not the common or simple car we could see outside. But having this would give more credential and lift to the owner.

You know what guys, just accept the truth. De Tomaso is making on its way to stand out, and in my opinion, they have a big chance. The car is very exotic. Although the V8 engine is not that impressive, we know that De Tomaso can still upgrade this car.

Is there any reason to be excited about this car? Well, I don’t think that it has an impressive look and performance. Actually, I was a bit distracted on its headlights. I want to see an enhance version of its exterior.

Subsiding the look of this car I think its figure performance is great. However, I’m not sure if this attempt to build car basing from the Lamborghini Gallardo is good idea for it doesn’t look stunningly like that Lambo car.

I don’t get on what’s so special about this car. Well, it doesn’t look great. And I agree on Charles, the body parts of this car really look similar to those existing production car. Frankly speaking, there’s no reason to be excited about this car.

Looks like a rather nice comeback for De Tomaso. I like the fact that they were able to blend in the Pantera’s vintage look here and some modern design elements.

I beg to disagree, old car models are being revamp because of its classic designs, furthermore, because of the old models, we have a more nicer architecture for new car models, lets just say that Pantera is an upgraded version of the classic with a much greater features.

Its bonnet looks the same with Ferrari cars and the back bumper similar with Bugatti.
The grille is like in Maserati and those wheels with Lamborghini. Now, don’’t stop me for doubting the reliability of this car!

hmm. It seems that a lot of car manufacturer is releasing a sportscar that has a weird design and styling. However, I don’t understand the reason why they called this a sportscar. Well, it doesn’t have a powerful engine and figure performance.

Yeah, the Pantera was very iconic during its time, but I wonder of younger car buyers would like its design, maybe if they add a bit of a modern touch to it.

Well, I do hope that they will be able to add a few more features to this one. I thing that there are a lot of new options that would enhance this one further.

Wow, so they are really going to revive the Pantera. Now this is something to watch out for, considering how iconic the car was during its time. Hope they can make this suit the taste of newer car buyers.

Most probably the performance of the car isn’t based on its pricetag. IMO, manufacturers responsible in building the character of the car. Hence, Pantera is just nothing but a clone, the car designer is too unoriginal.

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