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De Tomaso plans to unveil new Pantera

Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Following the unveiling of its new Pininfarina-designed Deauville at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, De Tomaso is planning to unveil a new Pantera at September's Frankfurt motor show.

The new Pantera, arguably De Tomaso's best-known sports car, will maintain its traditional American Corvette V8 engine, producing over 600 horsepower.

De Tomaso is hoping that sales of the Deauville crossover will contribute towards the development of a new 'primal concrete sledge'.

De Tomaso produced cars for years until it went into receivership in 2004. Its founder, Alejandro de Tomaso, died in 2003. The Italian businessman Gian Mario Rossignolo bought the iconic sports car maker in 2009, and the company's current business plan is to produce 8,000 vehicles a year – 3,000 crossovers, 3,000 sedans and 2,000 sports cars.

By Rufus Thompson