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De Tomaso Pantera Will Price at $400,000

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On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

De Tomaso Pantera Will Price at $400,000

Word that the planned sports coupe from the new De Tomaso would, indeed, be a Pantera revival came earlier this month out of Geneva. That was great news, but left us with all kinds of questions, like what would power the car, what it would look like, and how much it would cost. While two-thirds of those questions remain unanswered, we have an answer to one: the Pantera will cost a rather lofty 250,000 pounds ($410,000), according to company executives. That price point puts it above the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 ($379,700), so it looks like De Tomaso plans a serious, performance coupe.

De Tomaso vice-president of sales and marketing Gian Luca Rossignolo, son of company chairman Gian Mario Rossignolo, explained the company's plans.

“I would like to think that we could become the Italian Aston Martin, dealing in the same kind of exclusive luxury and craftmanship. That’s a dream for us now, but it’s what we’re working towards," he said. "We hope to have the Deauville on sale this autumn, and to build 3000 examples a year from 2012. We will also make a Pantera supercar priced from about £250,000, as well as a four-door limousine. Eventual annual production will be around 8000 units."

The fact that the Pantera will be priced that high is somewhat surprising. While always an attractive, venerable coupe, the original Pantera was a cheaper step-down from Italian brands like Lamborghini and Ferrari. But at that price, the Pantera will be going head to head with those brands. As such, it will need to bring a little extra power and performance to the table.

Seeing as how the Deauville sports luxury sedan that De Tomaso debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is expected to get a 550-hp V8 variant, the Pantera should top 600 horses. And if De Tomaso really plans to compete against Ferrari and Lamborghini, we'd expect the engine will need to knock on 700 hp's door.

We may not have to wait long to find out; the Pantera is rumored for debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show.

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