2004 Panoz Esperante Consumer Review: A high-tech, modern throwback

2004 Panoz Esperante - Consumer Review

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Base Convertible (4.6L V8 5-speed Manual)

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A high-tech, modern throwback
By Jeffthefish on


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

Best Features

Has a great powertrain, runs, looks and sounds great. Made of aluminum, carbon fiber and stainless steel throughout and is made by a bunch of guys who really seem to love what they are producing. I toured the factory and met them. They're enthusiasts.

Worst Features

Convertible top boot. Make the Plasma wheels standard equipment. Cupholders, xm radio, climate control.
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