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23rd August, 2015

Panoz, the Georgia-based manufacturer of exclusive luxury sports cars, once again involved itself with the Monterey Car Week this year by exhibiting at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival event, held 12th August 2015, at the Monterey Jet Centre.

This year the company displayed the Panoz Esperante Spyder GT, its supercharged 560-horsepower, two-seater aluminium-intensive sports car.

Recognising that Panoz owners expect the thrills of a manual gearbox, the Spyder GT’s powerful V8 engine is matched with a heavy duty, close-ratio Tremec® T56 Magnum six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment.

Panoz will make no more than 25 Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT sports cars, ensuring these hand-built, American-made sports cars remain special and exclusive.

The Spyder GT features the car’s namesake Spyder open-cockpit configuration with its visually dynamic carbon fibre panel that conceals the functional twin roll hoops, and an all-new, low-slung carbon fibre windshield frame with tubular steel reinforced A-pillars. It sits on a strong and light aluminium chassis and wears the proven and lightweight SPF (Superplastic Forming, commonly referred to as ‘super formed’) aluminium and composite body revolutionised on previous Esperante models, but in a wide-body configuration. (copyright image)
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Panoz was the first U.S. car manufacturer to use super formed aluminium panels, a process that has been used by some of the world’s most elite vehicle manufacturers, and it was the first in America to make an Aluminum Intensive Vehicle (AIV) when it built the Panoz AIV Roadster.

Other upgrades include exterior styling reminiscent of the Le Mans-winning Panoz Esperante GTLM race car; side exhausts like the Panoz Esperante GT2 race car; carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts and exterior trim; 19 x 10.5-inch and 19 x 12-inch front and rear wheels; and Brembo® brakes on all four corners.

The Esperante Spyder and Esperante Spyder GT are available for order. Prices ex-factory are $179,120 and $204,750, respectively (for the car only plus relevant taxes).



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