Ares Design has confirmed its Lamborghini Huracán-based supercar will use the Panther name for production. Just 21 examples will be produced, with the first models leaving the factory in October.
A disguised development prototype of the Panther is now being tested on the roads around the company's base in Modena, Italy. Ares Design has also confirmed that all of 2018's build slots have been accounted for, with a starting price point of €515,000 (£461,000).
The design house, headed by former Lotus boss Dany Bahar, is producing the model as the first of several custom design creations that use the Huracán’s platform.
Influence for the car’s design comes from the De Tomaso Pantera, an exotic Italian supercar that was produced from 1971. Its fold-down headlights and rear buttresses are clear nods to that car’s shape, but the Panther receives modern touches such as large-diameter wheels and handle-free doors. It also features Pirelli P Zero rubber wearing Formula 1-inspired coloured strips.
Beneath its coachbuilt body, the Panther uses the Huracán's underpinnings and 5.2-litre V10 engine - which is the sole mass-produced unit to use 10 cylinders in production. Power has now been confirmed at 641bhp - a 39bhp increase over the standard Huracán - while the torque output is the same as the Lamborghini. No performance figures have been released yet.