25th Anniversary Panoz Esperante Spyder officially debuts

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Panoz Esperante Spyder 25th Anniversary Edition

Less than a month since the Esperante Spyder and Spyder GT 25th Anniversary Editions were first shown in very rough prototype form, Panoz has finished the first car – a standard Spyder – with an aluminum body painted in eye-catching red paint with carbon fiber accents and a tan leather interior. For the moment, it sits in the entranceway of the company’s new headquarters in Georgia.

While the look of the car is only a slight evolution over previous Esperantes, underneath the skin there are some notable upgrades. The chassis is now made from a mix of aluminum, carbon fiber and steel. It also now has a revised front and rear suspension, improved anti-lock brakes and a programmable gauge cluster. Buyers can choose between either an aluminum body on the Esperante Spyder or a full carbon fiber exterior for the GT.

Depending on the model, the powertrain options include a 430-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8, or a supercharged, 5.4-liter V8, available in tunes of 575 and 800(!) horsepower. Regardless of engine choice, all models are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Pricing for the standard 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder starts at $181,320, and the GT has a listed starting price of $229,000. If you’re in the market for an Esperante, act fast. The company intends to only build a limited run of 25 copies for the anniversary. Scroll down for all of the details on the new Spyder.

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