Ares Design Project Panther is a Huracan De Tomaso in disguise image

If the title doesn’t make sense, here’s the short explanation – the Modena-based Ares Design boutique automaker has decided to take the De Tomaso Pantera as its inspiration for its latest vehicle, which is based on the Lamborghini Huracan.

The coachbuilding niche is coming – slowly, but steadily – back to life, with projects such as this new performance machine penned by Dany Bahar, best known for previously leading Lotus. The exotic classically-inspired machine (the De Tomaso Pantera is an exotic Ford-powered Italian supercar of the 1970s) has been redressed atop a powerful Lamborghini Huracan, complete with its mid-mounted 5.2-liter V10 linked to a dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission and an all-wheel-drive setup. Performance details haven’t been advanced, but it’s safe to say we can at least count on the regular Huracan LP 610-4’s 602 horsepower (449 kilowatts) and 413 pound-feet (560 Newton-meters) of torque.

Ares Design Project Panther is a Huracan De Tomaso in disguise 1

“Project Panther” will be manufactured at a new factory in Modena, Italy – and we dearly hope this isn’t another case of vaporware, though we have some doubts, with no quota on production numbers to begin with. No pricing has been advanced as well, though deliveries are already scheduled for the second part of next year and some connoisseurs have already placed deposits. More importantly, the car hasn’t even finished the design, the aerodynamics or the mandatory crash tests, for that matter – so we’re placing a serious doubt over the delivery schedule.