For those of you who are not familiar with the marque, Panoz manufactured a number of competitive race cars , such as the Esperante GTR-1 and its successors and the LMP-1, but also rolled out some limited-run, road-going sports cars as well. Dubbed Abruzzi , the most recent of them all was unveiled four years ago.
Despite this long hiatus, the American automaker hasn’t given up on building road cars, and it has now resurfaced to introduce the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder. As the name suggests, the new vehicle was built to celebrate Panoz’ first quarter of a century in the business and represents an update to the manufacturer’s notorious Esperante model.
Aiming to deliver "pure sports car performance and reflect the Panoz Le Mans endurance racing and performance ethos," the 25th Anniversary Esperante Spyder is built on a modular extruded aluminum chassis and its lightweight structure is made out of carbon fiber and aluminum.
Although it’s based on the original hand-built Esperante, the new sports car has received a redesigned fully independent suspension, a performance anti-lock brake system and BBS wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport ultra high-performance tires.
The Anniversary Edition Esperante will go on sale with two different bodies. The standard Spyder will sport a "super formed" aluminum body made through a process developed for aerospace applications, while the Spyder GT will feature carbon body panels constructed by Elan Composites, Panoz’ partner from the DeltaWing program.
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Panoz Esperante Spyder 25th Anniversary Edition in Detail
Customers will be able to choose between two powerplants for each model. The Spyder will get a standard 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 430 horsepower and an optional supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that generates 575 horsepower . Both will be paired to either a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Moving over to the Spyder GT, the carbon-fiber-bodied roadster will receive the aforementioned 5.4-liter V-8 with 575 horsepower as standard, while an option check box will unlock no less than 800 horsepower. The GT will become available with the same transmission options as the regular Spyder.
Inside, the 25th Anniversary sports car will feature adjustable carbon-fiber sport seats, a carbon-fiber steering wheel, high-quality leather, wood trim and media player connectivity. Only 25 units of the convertible will be produced, with pricing to start from $189,000 for the Spyder and $229,000 for the Spyder GT.
Panoz LLC, a leading manufacturer of high performance automobiles and racing cars, will present the all-new 25TH Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder luxury sports car at the formal opening of its new facilities in Braselton, Ga. on April 3, 2014.
The 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder is a special exclusive model which celebrates the company’s racing heritage as well as Panoz sports cars of the past 25 years. It is the direct result of close technological collaboration among the various Panoz affiliates, including Élan Motorsports Technologies, Élan Composites, Panoz Engineering Services, and Panoz LLC.
From the beginning, the designers and engineers envisioned a limited-edition Esperante that delivers pure sports car performance and reflects the Panoz Le Mans endurance racing and performance ethos. At the same time, the sports car offers many of the highly desirable features customers expect in a 21st Century performance machine such as a state-of-the-art programmable gauge cluster.
Panoz LLC expects to produce about 25 examples of the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT to commemorate the anniversary milestone. Production will be intentionally limited to a handful of custom builds for select customers, keeping with the Panoz LLC’s goal of creating America’s most exclusive custom sports car.
25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder Details
The 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder is a lighter, more powerful version of the original hand-built Panoz convertible. It features lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum structures, a unique modular extruded aluminum chassis that is more rigid and durable than many performance coupes, completely revised and fully independent front and rear suspension, and an upgraded and robust sports car anti-lock brake system (ABS) to ensure braking performance is on par with the car’s outstanding driving capabilities.
Esperante Spyder customers can choose between two sports car bodies: the "super formed" lightweight aluminum body made in Riverside, Calif. through a process developed for aerospace applications on the standard Spyder, or the carbon fiber body panels produced in the Élan Composites race shop for the Spyder GT. Panoz was the first U.S. auto manufacturer to use super formed aluminum panels for its bodies, a process now used by some of the world’s most elite vehicle manufacturers.
Customers can also choose among several high-performance powertrain packages ranging from 430 to 800 horsepower. Other features include electronic traction control, high-tech gauges to monitor the car’s vital systems, lightweight and fully adjustable carbon fiber sport seats, high-quality leather
and wood-trim throughout the comfortable cockpit, and modern options such as media player connectivity and a race-inspired carbon fiber steering wheel.
Finally, the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder rides on 8.5 x 19-inch front and 9.5 x 19-inch rear BBS wheels with 245/40 ZR19 and 285/35 ZR 19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport ultra high-performance front and rear sport tires.
With a price of $189,000, the 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder continues to herald the Panoz LLC goal of offering its customers true exclusivity, uncompromising performance and outstanding value.