Used 2006 Panoz Esperante

2006 Panoz Esperante
List Price Estimate
$20,118 - $36,182

Pros & Cons

  • Solid structural integrity, balanced handling, aggressive exhaust note.
  • Stability control and side airbags not available, steering lacks road feel, odd ergonomics.
Panoz Esperante years
Panoz Esperante for Sale

Edmunds' Expert Review

An exotic in the classic sense, the 2006 Panoz Esperante combines quirky ergonomics with sexy lines, thrilling performance and the smug satisfaction that yours will most likely be the only one at the country club.

Vehicle overview

Constructed in a small factory in rural Georgia, the Esperante is the realized dream of Daniel Panoz. Frustrated with the fact that exotic high-performance sports cars were the exclusive domain of European manufacturers, Daniel set out to build an all-American sports car that would not only challenge the world's top nameplates, but would do so with a more reliable, easy-to-own package than those often-temperamental Euros.

A marriage of Panoz's chassis expertise and readily available Ford V8 power, the Esperante has a sleek, Jaguar-like style. The body and impressively rigid chassis are hand-built and comprised of aluminum for light weight. Panoz has been a proponent of aluminum construction since the company opened its doors in the late 1980s. The chief benefit of aluminum is its ability to provide the stiffness of steel with less weight. Panoz uses aerospace methods to form the Esperante's body. An all-aluminum space frame serves as the car's backbone and carbon-fiber is used to join the body to the frame.

A 4.6-liter V8, gunning out 320 horsepower, sits under the long hood and drivers can choose between a manual or automatic transmission. Should a 5.1-second 0-60 time and a top speed of 155 (electronically limited) not be sufficient, there is also the GTLM model that ups the ante to 420 horsepower, thanks to a supercharger. The car's lightweight, rigid chassis and growling V8 make for a visceral feel on the road and impressive numbers at the track.

While it may not possess all the electronic wizardry found in the latest German roadsters or the outright performance of a Corvette Z06, the Esperante has something else -- a raw, unencumbered feel that gives it a personality that the competition left behind long ago in search of new customers.

Panoz Esperante models

Both coupe and roadster versions of the Panoz Esperante are offered, each available in base, GT and GTLM trim levels. Standard features include a full leather interior, a power top for the roadster and a Rockford-Fosgate audio system. Optional are carbon-fiber spoilers, a variety of BBS alloy wheels, upgraded Brembo brakes, a 10-disc CD changer, custom-matched luggage and even matching golf bags. The GT adds more aggressive suspension tuning, a lighter body and revised fascias. The GTLM includes all of the GT's equipment plus a supercharged engine.

2006 Highlights

A handful of new options debut this year: color-matched brake calipers, painted valve covers, a 10-disc CD changer and a couple of new 18-inch wheels.

Performance & mpg

A Ford-based 4.6-liter V8 with 320 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque powers the base and GT versions of the Esperante. The GTLM includes a supercharged version of that V8 good for 420 hp. A five-speed manual is standard, with a four-speed automatic available as an option. Panoz claims that the non-supercharged Esperante will run from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, through the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds and on to a top speed (limited electronically) of 155 mph.

Safety: Traction control and antilock brakes highlight the safety features list. Side airbags and stability control aren't available. Panoz claims that the Esperante's aluminum intensive and modular construction makes the sports car more crashworthy, especially in side impacts.


Traction control and antilock brakes highlight the safety features list. Side airbags and stability control aren't available. Panoz claims that the Esperante's aluminum intensive and modular construction makes the sports car more crashworthy, especially in side impacts.


With its bellowing exhaust and a shifter that moves with the precise action of a rifle bolt, the Panoz Esperante is a blast to rip through the gears. The acceleration doesn't seem to let up as speed climbs. And when the road gets twisty, a balanced chassis and minimal body roll allow rapid progress to be made without having to endure a harsh ride. The demerits are few, but include a touchy steering rack that's down on road feel.


An elegant cockpit features a center-mounted instrument panel, white-faced gauges, real wood trim (carbon fiber is optional) and a gorgeous aluminum shifter. A few strange elements are present, however, such as a headlight switch obviously sourced from Ford, hidden power mirror controls and a hand brake that can be a knuckle bruiser if care isn't taken when releasing it. Wind buffeting with the top down is minimal. A plastic rear window is disappointing, given that the Esperante's competitors all have glass in back.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 1 total reviews

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4.75 out of 5 stars, Panoz Rocks

This car attracts more attention than any car I have owned. It is beautiful in styling and build quality, very functional, and very cool. It handles like a dream and has a great exhaust note. Everyone wants to know what it is and what it cost.

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Features & Specs

2dr Coupe features & specs
2dr Coupe
4.6L 8cyl 5M
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
5-speed manual
305 hp @ 5800 rpm

GTLM 2dr Coupe features & specs
GTLM 2dr Coupe
4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
6-speed manual
420 hp @ 6000 rpm

GT 2dr Coupe features & specs
GT 2dr Coupe
4.6L 8cyl 5M
MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 2
5-speed manual
305 hp @ 5800 rpm

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Is the Panoz Esperante a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2006 Esperante both on the road and at the track. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Esperante has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Panoz Esperante. Learn more

Is the Panoz Esperante reliable?

To determine whether the Panoz Esperante is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Esperante. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Esperante's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2006 Panoz Esperante a good car?

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How much should I pay for a 2006 Panoz Esperante?

The least-expensive 2006 Panoz Esperante is the 2006 Panoz Esperante 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $98,229.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M) which starts at $98,229
  • GTLM 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M) which starts at $128,319
  • GT 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M) which starts at $103,040
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What are the different models of Panoz Esperante?

If you're interested in the Panoz Esperante, the next question is, which Esperante model is right for you? Esperante variants include 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M), GTLM 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M), and GT 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M). For a full list of Esperante models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2006 Panoz Esperante

Used 2006 Panoz Esperante Overview

The Used 2006 Panoz Esperante is offered in the following submodels: Esperante GTLM, Esperante Coupe, Esperante Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M), 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M), GTLM 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M), GT 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M), GTLM 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl S/C 6M), and GT 2dr Coupe (4.6L 8cyl 5M).

What do people think of the 2006 Panoz Esperante?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2006 Panoz Esperante and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2006 Esperante 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2006 Esperante.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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Our Review Process

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