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De Tomaso Is Back, Teases Geneva Launch

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On: Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 9:56AM | By: Chris Weiss

De Tomaso Is Back, Teases Geneva Launch

It looks like things remain on track for the De Tomaso Geneva comeback. In December, we heard word that De Tomaso was on track to bring an all new four-door to the Geneva Motor Show. While we were enthused to hear this news, we took it like you have to take any news concerning the comeback of a once-great, bankrupted, on-the-way-back car company. "We'll believe it when we see it" was the cliched stance that we had no choice but to take.

Fortunately, it looks likely that we will indeed be seeing it. De Tomaso will be presenting its first car in Geneva and has provided teaser images of the car.

If you're not familiar with De Tomaso, it's an Italian company that saw its biggest successes back in the 70s and 80s. The Pantera, in particular, was a sexy and memorable sports coupe that I recall fondly. After founder Alejandaro de Tomaso passed away in 2003, the company plummeted into bankruptcy. But in 2009, former Fiat exec Gianmario Rossignolo purchased the brand with intents of reviving it. And Geneva will be our first look at how those efforts are coming along.

Currently the car is known as the SLC—sport luxury car. That rather flat name scheme will be changed for production, however. The car is expected to be a crossover and will be aimed at competitors like the BMW 5-Series GT. It will be planted on an aluminum chassis and De Tomaso will use a new technique for building the chassis—something it calls Univis—but it doesn't plan to release the details of that special sauce until Geneva.

In terms of motivation, De Tomaso has three separate engines planned for the SLC: a 542-hp V8, a 296-hp V6 petrol engine, and a 247-hp V6 diesel.

De Tomas also reportedly has a coupe and a luxury sedan in the works.

I've said it before: a four-door isn't the first thing I'd like to see from DeTomaso—that would be an all-new Pantera successor—but I'll just be thankful that DeTomaso is officially back. Now hopefully they get to work on a new Pantera soon.

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