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Segment: Exotic
Production years: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

The American carmaker Panoz used the same underpinnings from the Ford Mustang GT and hoped to sell its sports cars to those who considered the Ford model too common.

Panoz started as a tuner, improving the famous pony-car Mustang. Over time, the carmaker understood that it could use only the famous American sports car platform and created the Esperante based on the Mustang Convertible. He used racing solutions for regular street vehicles and transformed them from regular convertibles into high-performance roadsters.

With its aluminum body and subframes, the roadster was very light on its feet. Despite its V-8 engine, it weighed less than any convertible car on the market. The aerodynamically shaped bodywork featured tear-shaped headlights and a power-dome on the hood. In the rear, the four-round taillights featured an original design.

Inside, the carmaker took its inspiration from the BMW Z8 with the center-mounted instrument panel installed in an instrument cluster that resembled the Ford Mustang's layout. Its high-bolstered bucket seats provided great side support for both occupants. Unlike the blue-oval brand, Panoz didn't even consider installing a rear bench. It was a two-seat-only vehicle.

Under the bodywork, Panoz installed more Ford Mustang components. It didn't take only the engine and gearbox. It also used the independent rear suspension (IRS) and the four-wheel Anti-lock brakes system.

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PANOZ Esperante 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  1 gasoline engine
  • 4.6 V8 5MT (320 HP)
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PANOZ Esperante 4.6 V8 5MT (320 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.6 V8 5MT (320 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4601 cm3
Power
239 KW @ 6000 RPM
320 HP @ 6000 RPM
321 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
317 lb-ft @ 4750 RPM
430 Nm @ 4750 RPM
Fuel System
Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P255/45 Z R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
176.2 in (4475 mm)
Width
73.1 in (1857 mm)
Height
53.4 in (1356 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.9/62.2 in (1,547/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
106.8 in (2713 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.6 cuFT (328 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3199 lbs (1451 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
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