Panoz has kept the Esperante around for about fourteen years now, making it one of the longer-serving models on the market. But in Monterey this week, the American niche automaker is introducing a revised version of the Esperante that aims to keep it current.
As we've reported twice before, the 25th Anniversary Esperante Spyder – designed to celebrate Panoz's quarter century on the market – encompasses several key upgrades. For starters, its chassis has been reconstructed from a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber and steel, overlaid with either aluminum bodywork (in the base Spyder) or carbon (in the Spyder GT). It also ditches the old 4.6-liter V8 for a newer 5.0 (or available supercharged 5.4), still sourced from Ford, and updates the suspension, brakes and a nice set of BBS wheels to go with it. The interior also gets a new digital instrument gauge and, in this show car, a tan leather interior.
Whether all these changes are enough to keep the Esperante up with the times is a bigger question, but one way or another, it was good to catch this rare American roadster in the metal at McCall's Motorworks Revival. Check out our live shots in the gallery above.