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Is This The De Tomaso Pantera?

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On: Fri, May 6, 2011 at 5:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Is This The De Tomaso Pantera?

At the Geneva Motor Show, De Tomaso disappointed the world when it unveiled the Sports Luxury Sedan. You could almost hear the collective grunt of disenchantment. It wasn't so much that the SLS was bad (although it kind of was), it was that De Tomaso is a name that's almost synonymous with one car: the Pantera, an Italian sports coupe from the 80s/90s that has been sorely missed. Seeing as how Geneva was the first time we've seen a Pantera presence in more than half a decade, it would have been nice if it coincided with a re-launched Pantera.

While the SLS disappointed, news of a Pantera revival at the 2011 LA Auto Show later this year brought chins soaring back up. And today, a short spy video gives a glimpse at what is thought to be a camoed prototype of the Pantera.

The video was taken outside the Grugliasco plant, and it's easy to see that the car rolling out of the garage and screeching down the road is not an SLC. It's definitely sporty, with a stance reminiscent of the original Pantera. Gone are the flip-up headlights that were contemporary at the time of the original Pantera, replaced by what looks (under the camo) to be dual, rounded headlamps. In back, the Pantera gets two pairs of dual rounded tail lamps similar to past-generation Ferraris, like the 550/575 Maranello.

Oh, yeah, and it sounds patently delicious, the V8 rumble nearly shaking the buildings around it.

No official details on the Pantera slipped out with the spied Pantera, but it may be powered by the 550-hp V8, which will be the top engine option in the SLS. Seeing as how De Tomaso detailed plans to offer the car at 250,000 pounds ($409K), it may have to throw a turbo or two on that engine to keep up with the other supercars in that bracket. Whatever the engine is, it sounds every bit as powerful as it is. The car will be planted on an aluminum chassis.

Let’s just hope that De Tomaso employees take a few more joyrides between now and LA.


UPDATE: Some questions about the video's authenticity have been posed. Apparently, the same model was spotted in the U.K. nearly four years ago. At the time, it was rumored to be the McLaren MP4-12C or Lotus Esprit, but the fact that an identical design was around before Gianmario Rossignolo even revived De Tomaso suggests that the spied car has nothing to do with the Pantera.


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