Though suffering from quirky ergonomics and borrowed cockpit components, the Panoz offers performance on par with the world's best sports cars and exclusivity that practically guarantees that yours will be the only one at the country club.
by Jeffthefish on Sep 23, 2004 Vehicle: 2004 Panoz Esperante 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M)
The Panoz Esperante recaptures the
feeling of the old 289 Cobra, which was
always the most exciting streetable
ride there was. There's a fun factor so
lacking in the other cars available
today. Some are faster, most quieter
and ride better, some are surely better
put together and use prettier
materials, but the Panoz gives
something else-those intangibles the
Cobra gave, the perfect feedback, the
complete involvement, the roughness
around the edges, the classic style,
the exclusivity and the performance
that feels better than it actually is.
The Esperante, an American made toy,
w/high-tech, expensive components that
knocks your age back 25-35 years
New this year is a coupe model and the GTLM, the latter of which features a supercharged engine, more aggressive suspension tuning, a lighter body and revised front and rear fascias. The GT model is a GTLM without the supercharger. A four-speed automatic transmission is newly available.