De Tomaso, the Italian supercar manufacturer best known by its Pantera model
Is finally back. Its newer model, the P72, is still under a veil of speculation especially concerning what engine it will use. However, P72’s distinctive exterior and exotic interior earned it a place in this list as one of the most beautiful supercars currently available.
The De Tomaso P72 is a limited edition revival of the historic performance brand, coming from the same people who created the outrageous V-12-powered Apollo IE. The P72 also earned the approval of Peter Brock, designer of the original De Tomaso-Shelby P70. Here’s your first up-close look.
It was the beginning of July when the legendary name “De Tomaso” made the headlines thanks to its sinfully beautiful P72 marking the return of the brand just in time for its 60th anniversary. We haven’t heard anything about the curvaceous two-seater since then, but the P70’s spiritual successor is back in the news to reveal what will power it.
Much like the aforementioned P70, Mangusta, and the iconic Pantera all used Ford engines, the new P72 has a Blue Oval heart. It’s a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 tuned by Roush to develop around 700+ horsepower and a maximum torque of more than 825 Newton-meters (608 pound-feet) transferred to the wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox developed by De Tomaso. The power figures will be attainable with the engine feeding on 91 octane fuel.
The P72 has been developed as a grand tourer with an engine that will fully comply with emissions regulations in European markets as well as in the United States. A “symphonic exhaust system” is being promised, but De Tomaso says we’ll have to wait a few more months for videos and audio to actually hear the supercharged V8 sing its tune. Using the Ford Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 as the basis, it means owners won’t have problems getting replacement components since the engine benefits from a solid after-sales support with lots of parts available.