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Rumor: De Tomaso Pantera Coming In Frankfurt

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On: Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 2:32PM | By: Chris Weiss

Rumor: De Tomaso Pantera Coming In Frankfurt

De Tomaso has admitted its next car is on the way later this year, but has yet to announce when exactly it will be unveiled. Up until this week, the LA Auto Show had been the popular rumor, but German publication Auto Bild reports that it may just come a few months earlier. According to the magazine, we can expect to see it in about two months.

Auto Bild's report points to a Frankfurt Motor Show debut. The bi-annual Frankfurt show already has all kinds of excitement including the next-generation Porsche 911 debut and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.

Auto Bild's information also adds a few extra horses over previous reports, stating that the new Pantera will pull 600 horses out of a GM V-8 engine. While that's more than the 550-hp previously speculated, it still falls short of competitors like the 700-hp Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. That's a key point, because De Tomaso officials have detailed that the car is likely to start around $400,000. Compare that to the $379,000 Aventador, and the Pantera starts to look decidedly overpriced and underpowered.

But, there's more news. The Pantera will weigh only about 2,650 lbs., some 800 lbs. lighter than the Aventador. That lack of fat and the 600 horses should give the Pantera all kinds of on-road performance.

The Pantera will be the second car in the new De Tomaso's lineup. De Tomaso debuted the Deauville all-wheel-drive sedan in Geneva earlier this year. The aluminum-chassised sedan gets three engines: a 542-hp V-8, a 296-hp V-6, and a 247-hp V6 diesel.

Here's to hoping that Auto Bild's rumor holds up—the sooner the Pantera debuts, the better.


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