All Hail The Ares Panther’s Pop-Up Headlights - And 641bhp V10

More details have been released about the first new supercar in decades to use pop-up headlights, and we’re a little bit in love
All Hail The Ares Panther’s Pop-Up Headlights - And 641bhp V10

You’re looking at the first new supercar in decades to wear pop-up headlights, but now we also know that there’s serious bite to back up the Ares Panther’s bark.

The supercar, which, as we reported last year, is based on a Lamborghini Huracan but takes the De Tomaso Pantera as its inspiration; hence the ultra-cool pop-ups. It’s the first in Ares’ planned ‘Legends Reborn’ line of reimagined supercars from yesteryear. Production is limited to 21 cars.

All Hail The Ares Panther’s Pop-Up Headlights - And 641bhp V10

We now know that the mid-mounted V10 has been enlarged from 5.2 litres to 5.6, helping the modified beauty achieve at least 641bhp and 413lb ft. More is possible after final testing is complete, says the company.

In a sign of just how aggressive Ares is going with the Panther, throttle response is said to be faster than the standard Huracan’s and the seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox delivers sharper shifts.

All Hail The Ares Panther’s Pop-Up Headlights - And 641bhp V10

Ares Design Technical Director Matteo Vezzani said:

“This car is a showcase of ARES DESIGN’s capabilities. From the very first statement of intent to the shakedown, people have been fascinated by this project and I totally understand why. One of the most significant characteristics of the ARES Panther is its voice.

“The sound produced from the naturally aspirated V10 engine is nothing short of a roar. Super sporty, throaty and head turning, the team have done an incredible job in creating a stunning sounding, beautiful looking car.”

All Hail The Ares Panther’s Pop-Up Headlights - And 641bhp V10

These new details have been released as the car nears its production phase. Test drivers are said to be giving the car its final shakedown before the plans are signed off and built. Prices start at €515,000, but will rise quickly with options and bespoke changes. The Huracan starts at about a quarter of that.

Each car will take about 24 weeks to build, depending on the level of customisation complexity requested by the customer. Everything from the design to the build and the customisation will be carried out at the firm’s new 18,000sq ft Modena facility.



Kinda reminded me of the Miura Concept, with the whole idea of restoring a classic design and modernising it

08/08/2018 - 07:21 |
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In reply to by Miru

It really does look like a miura, the overall shape anyway

08/08/2018 - 10:13 |
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08/08/2018 - 07:26 |
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08/08/2018 - 07:55 |
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“Lana. Lana… LANNNAAA!” “WHAT?!” “…pop-up headlights…”

08/08/2018 - 10:26 |
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Ali Mahfooz

Pop up headlights on what is essentially an Audi R8? I wouldn’t mind. 😃

08/08/2018 - 07:46 |
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08/08/2018 - 08:07 |
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Prices start at €515,000

08/08/2018 - 08:08 |
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Marco Q (hi)

In reply to by GeoBaz

This isn’t going to be your first car George.

08/08/2018 - 19:51 |
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nobody 1

How much costs a healthy kidney?

08/08/2018 - 08:27 |
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Ben Anderson 1


08/08/2018 - 08:39 |
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08/08/2018 - 08:52 |
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Oh. My. God. Despite the fact that this car doesn’t affect me in anyway (I could never afford it and there’s only 21 so I’ll never see one) this is still the single greatest piece of news I have received all month, possibly all year. Can it get any better? Like, what isn’t completely perfect about this absolute work of art?

08/08/2018 - 09:51 |
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André Costa

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

The only thing missing is a manual, but given the nature of this brand, that may be negotiable

08/08/2018 - 12:49 |
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I salute the design team for integrating pop ups

08/08/2018 - 09:58 |
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But how is that legal ? Or are they not selling it in the EU then ?

08/08/2018 - 10:14 |
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the automatically pop down in a crash

08/08/2018 - 10:42 |
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Pop-up headlights aren’t illegal per se, they just have a hard time to comply with pedestrian safety regulations. Small batch series cars enjoy less strict regulations in regards of safety and emissions in the EU. They are only making 21 examples, so they are mostly exempt from the strict regulations that a mass production vehicle would have to follow.

08/08/2018 - 13:56 |
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