De Tomaso Pantera prototype – Click above to watch the video after the jump

There are some things in this world that, no matter how many there are, we can never get quite enough. Like sleep. Or Victoria's Secret lingerie models. (Or ideally, a combination of the two.) And of course, mid-engined Italian supercars.

The next expected to join the fold is De Tomaso. The long-dormant marque has been revived by former Fiat executive Gian Mario Rossignolo, but as for its first debut – the Deauville crossover – let's just say it's not what we were looking forward to most. No, that role will be filled by the revival of De Tomaso's most iconic model: the Pantera.

The new supercar is expected to debut in the fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which means development must be well under way by now. Exhibit A: the video after the jump, which shows a barely-disguised prototype rolling out of De Tomaso's headquarters in Modena, Italy. It looks the part and certainly sounds it, as well. But don't take our word for it – follow the jump to watch the short spy clip for yourself.



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      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will it be Ford powered like the original? Maybe the new 5.0 with a supercharger nwould be cool!
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        If you listen to it, it sounds like a Ferrari Powerplant. I'm guessing a 4.3L Ferrari v8.
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          No Ford power = Lame. A Boss 302 engine in this would be killer.
          Mike K
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          If it's a Ferrari mill like I'm hoping, you really can't complain. 453hp @ 8,500rpm isn't nothing to be ashamed of. The original reason for De Tomaso's use of the 351, was the amount of HP and torque they had. A Ferrari-sourced mill will have better specs then a Boss 302 does. And it hurts me to say that, since I'm a Ford guy.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you asked me 3 years ago if I thought I'd see another Pantera, I would've said no. I'm ecstatic with how wrong I was. A little upset it probably won't have a Ford powerplant though. Although as long as it's not a GM mill under the hood I'll be happy :).
      bouljf
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen this car before, of course back then it was believed to be the next Lotus Esprit. This link dates back to 2007 but I'm almost certain I saw something like this on Autoblog a few years back. http://www.egmcartech.com/2007/09/28/spy-shots-mystery-supercar-is-it-a-lotus-esprit-mclaren-or-noble/
      Attila_ATF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey look an R8! *snicker*
        Dante
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Attila_ATF
        Looks more like a Spirra to me but it's just a mule of course.
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      The original looks so much better.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I never thought I'd live to see a day where the mid-engined supercar market was essentially... flooded.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good LORD it sounds filthy!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        evilzibob
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOLOLOL Corvette the standard for supercars?... HAHAHHAH ur funny!
        Riccardo Sacchetto
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Corvette was born in the 50s to give American people an alternative to the European supercars. Cars like Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari or Porsche are the standard for real supercars, not a plastic-bottomed car.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Riccardo Sacchetto
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        Zkrp
        • 3 Years Ago
        Im sorry the corvette hasn't been good up until a few years ago. Before the Z06 it was an awful ugly pitiful excuse for a sports car. BUUUUUTTTT, now the ZR1 is an amazing vehicle capable of what I would consider supercar performance. Still not a pinnacle of supercars but none the less an amazing machine I would say the GTR is what all supercars need to beat
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Joshua Aaron
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your username says it all.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not digging the proportions/lines on it at all. Hopefully that's just a mule for testin powertrain or something and isn't going to resemble the final car. They can't go from the beautiful Pantera GT5 to that! GT5: http://lh3.ggpht.com/_dXtbck-brac/TNY3mhrmyII/AAAAAAAAABQ/i0ZsALCrwp4/Pantera%20GT5.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/DeTomasoPanteraBlack.jpg Spied car: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YheQBkUxDJ0/TcGSUAtFIGI/AAAAAAAEYXE/-YlUxAxlSgU/s1600/DeTomaso-Pantera-1%2Bcopy.jpg
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Comments about the styling of this car in 3...2...1... (even though clearly its camo'ed up)
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      Nuno Miguel Aguiar
      • 3 Years Ago
      We will only know how good it is once it goes out on a track and races it's peers.
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