In much the same way the David Brown Speedback is based on a Jaguar XK, but designed to look like an Aston Martin DB5, the Ares Panther is based on Lamborghini Huracán underpinnings, but its design pays homage to the legendary De Tomaso Pantera. This got us thinking, what other classics could do with a reboot, and what should those reboots be based on? Speculation Hats at the ready… Have a gander at our suggestions, then make your own in the comments. The best ones win literally nothing.
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Ten classic cars that deserve a modern revival
The Ares Panther is all well and good, but we've some other ideas
Not a Urus. That’s just an Touareg in a frock. You want something genuinely tough – something that can withstand a bit of punishment. New G-Wagen, then. With a V12, because Lamborghini.
All small sports cars could learn a thing or two from the Mazda MX-5. It was the perfect starting point for Fiat and the 124…and we think it’d be an equally good canvas for a reboot of BMW’s baby roadster. It’ll even swallow a V8. Now, how to engineer those doors…
You couldn’t base a new Iso on a Ferrari – just doesn’t seem right. How about a Maserati Gran Turismo? Plenty of ‘em going cheap on the Interwebs, and a V8 that’s more suited to cross-country loping than it is going quickly.
The Stratos has been done, so how about Lancia’s other mid-engined car? Buy up a few Exige 430s from Hethel to guarantee handling to back-up those looks/heritage.
Ah, the original rear-drive hot-hatch. Aren’t many of those around nowadays, except one… the BMW M140i. A fine match, we’re sure you’ll agree.
At first we thought GT86, but no. That’s a sports car, and the 2000 was a grand tourer. Enter the Lexus LC.
A two-door coupe for the everyman, conceived before hot hatches were a thing. Possibly the Nissan 370Z, but that’s not the best of platforms to start with. GT86? Yes, just make sure you find a comically underpowered V6 from somewhere.
The Delorean’s shtick is futuristic-ness – a promise on which the original woefully under-delivered – so a reboot really ought to be based on the most futuristic modern car there is. Enter the Rimac C_2. A car so fast it probably is actually capable of time travel.
Aston Martin Bulldog
A concept that never made it to production. Sad. But now Aston’s working on a mid-engined road-car that will. If the Valkyrie proper is going to be a delicate track thing, surely there’s room for something more…brutish?
The forgotten McLaren deserves a second chance, don’t you think? McLaren is pretty talented at modifying its trick carbon tub to fit in many different cars, too, so it ought not to be that difficult to take a 570S, remove the body panels and replace them with altogether more old-school bits.