It was only a matter of time before someone decided to take the inner workings of the new mid-engine Corvette and transform it into something even more exclusive.
That’s what ARES Design has done with its Panther ProgettoUno, with just 24 of these C8-based supercars slated to be built at a cost of a half-million bucks apiece!
Though the renderings make it appear to be worth double its actual price, the really cool thing about the Panther is that ARES Design has teamed with a mysterious company to boost the power of the stock 6.2-liter C8 engine all the way up to 715 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque, all the while keeping it normally aspirated.
“That remains a secret between our supplier in the USA and us,” company leader Dany Bahar says of the new powerplant. “It’s all mechanical modifications though; you can’t do this through software.”
That’s interesting because the upcoming Z06 from Chevrolet is believed to be packing a smaller 5.5-liter flat-plane engine to make an estimated 600 horsepower.
The Panther takes Ares Design in a new direction. In the past, they’ve been known mainly for their Legends Reborn program where they dressed up current supercars with the modernized look of iconic vintage models.
With their latest creation, though, ARES Design gets rid of the stock Corvette body and replaces it with custom panels, while keeping the chassis, engine, transmission, and electronics in place.
While the front of the Panther looks pretty generic to us, where we think the car really shines is the rear decklid, especially with the two round holes in the middle – presumably for proper engine ventilation. We also think the wheels and yellow-striped tires add a nice touch.
All in all, the finished product looks like something that would be at home on the moon, doesn’t it?
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