De Tomaso Pantera To Return By End Of 2011

The way things were...
The way things were...
The resurgent De Tomaso has announced that the legendary Pantera is set to return before the end of the year.

De Tomaso will unveil the reborn super coupe at the LA motor show in November, almost exactly 40 years after the car was first launched on the market.

The new Pantera will be the second fruit of a new three-model line-up, the first of which (the frankly odd DeAuville SUV - below right) has been launched today at the Geneva show.

The final part of the De Tomaso revival will come in the form of an all-new limousine, which is due on sale in 2012.

...and the way they are
...and the way they are
We hope that the Pantera is a bit more appealing than the DeAuville, however. Despite being the work of Pininfarina, it appears to be a combination of a 5-series GT and a Dodge Avenger (perhaps they drew it in a lunch break?).

And despite costing 89,000 euros, and being equipped with a twin-turbo 2.8-litre V6, it can only muster a merely average 300bhp, good for 0-62mph in 6.7secs and a top speed 'in excess' of 155mph. There's also a 260bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel on the way for that car.

Salvation comes with a planned 550bhp V8 that's also on the way, however. Hopefully that's the one that'll find its way into the Pantera...

Pantera Pic: Charles01

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  • thewheelman 07 Mar 2011

    bobberz said:
    Blown2CV said:
    ESOG said:
    Blown2CV said:
    don't forget: de Tomaso is yank, and yanks are st at making cars.

    the end

    Well that is a very assinine comment isn't it... Due expand on this please. If you are referring to normal everyday cars than I'd have to agree with you, although they are improving drastically. But if your comment is directed at sports cars made by the US manufacturers you are grossly wrong in your comment. Is the Viper st? Is the ZO6? Mustang? Camaro? Etc. Last I checked the viper and zo6 can keep up with the very best of european exotica at half the cost. Reliability is better too, and running costs. Sure they don't have the same interior aesthetics, but that's their style.

    So again, due indulge me, please.
    i didn't say you make st cars (necessarily), i said you are st at making cars, in the latter day at least. The Pantera is one of my favourite cars of all time, but this? Bloated SUVs, weird compacts, overly retro cheese are all the order of the day. st interiors are just icing on the st-cake. Just like in Europe, most people don't drive supercars so the fact that the Viper, Z06 are good cars does not a trend make. I have no confidence in the new Pantera if this thing is anything to go by. It is a sickeningly cynical brand revival to the point where it actually threatens to harm my concrete love for the 70s Pantera even by the loosest of proxies. Oh by the way, it is my duty as keeper of the internet to inform you that just because you disagree with my opinion does not make me wrong and you right.
    Um, except the Z06 is not a supercar. It has supercar performance, but unlike Ferraris, etc. they are not rare as you seem to suggest. They're everywhere in the 'States, because the price is within reach for many Americans, unlike a 458 or Gallardo.

    Also, DeTomaso is not "yank" as you stated, they're as Italian as FIAT, they just happened to use engines that didn't catch fire and were actually reliable and had torque. So, that does make you wrong.

    I do agree with you that this new DeAuville SUV thing is utter scensoredt, though.
    I have many friends in the U.S. most of which are into cars. The general opinion i get from them, is that American cars are still not very well made & most people prefer european & Japanese cars. Personally i don't have any issues with them myself, they're mostly not to my taste. But i respect the fact that the American motor industry puts the blue collar car buyer as a priority. Lets not kid ourselves that a Mustang or a Camaro are supercars, they're just not. However they are impressive & powerful cars that the average person can afford. So i say, good on them for that.

  • thewheelman 07 Mar 2011

    One of my early memories was a trip to LeMans in a Pantera my dad owned, so i'm pleased they intend to make a new one.

  • bobberz 07 Mar 2011

    Blown2CV said:
    ESOG said:
    Blown2CV said:
    don't forget: de Tomaso is yank, and yanks are st at making cars.

    the end

    Well that is a very assinine comment isn't it... Due expand on this please. If you are referring to normal everyday cars than I'd have to agree with you, although they are improving drastically. But if your comment is directed at sports cars made by the US manufacturers you are grossly wrong in your comment. Is the Viper st? Is the ZO6? Mustang? Camaro? Etc. Last I checked the viper and zo6 can keep up with the very best of european exotica at half the cost. Reliability is better too, and running costs. Sure they don't have the same interior aesthetics, but that's their style.

    So again, due indulge me, please.
    i didn't say you make st cars (necessarily), i said you are st at making cars, in the latter day at least. The Pantera is one of my favourite cars of all time, but this? Bloated SUVs, weird compacts, overly retro cheese are all the order of the day. st interiors are just icing on the st-cake. Just like in Europe, most people don't drive supercars so the fact that the Viper, Z06 are good cars does not a trend make. I have no confidence in the new Pantera if this thing is anything to go by. It is a sickeningly cynical brand revival to the point where it actually threatens to harm my concrete love for the 70s Pantera even by the loosest of proxies. Oh by the way, it is my duty as keeper of the internet to inform you that just because you disagree with my opinion does not make me wrong and you right.
    Um, except the Z06 is not a supercar. It has supercar performance, but unlike Ferraris, etc. they are not rare as you seem to suggest. They're everywhere in the 'States, because the price is within reach for many Americans, unlike a 458 or Gallardo.

    Also, DeTomaso is not "yank" as you stated, they're as Italian as FIAT, they just happened to use engines that didn't catch fire and were actually reliable and had torque. So, that does make you wrong.

    I do agree with you that this new DeAuville SUV thing is utter scensoredt, though.

  • cottonfoo 03 Mar 2011

    delboyGT5 said:
    OK, so I'm biased, but if it doesn't look better than this . . .
    Dribble!

  • ellisd82 03 Mar 2011

    delboyGT5 said:
    OK, so I'm biased, but if it doesn't look better than this . . .
    Stunning, just Stunning. Love the colour too. want to swap it for a Pug 306 with a massive 1.4ltr engine wink

    The new one should look as close to this as possible.

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