Not even two months have passed since we revealed the swooping lines of Italy’s newest supercar contender, the Ares Design S1 Project, and already the Modena-based coachbuilder has showed what the Spyder version will look like.
On 10 September, the Italian firm announced the S1 Project, which is a sort of spiritual successor to the legendary DeTomaso Pantera and which will be in the ballpark of around R10 million. Just like any other rarity, it will only be available in a limited run (24, according to the firm’s press release) though it remains uncertain whether Ares Design has included the Spyder in its planned limited production run of 24 models, or whether there’ll be 24 coupes and 24 Spyder variations.
Not a simple chop
The S1 Project Spyder shares much of its coupe sibling’s front end, right up until between the vented front wheel arches, because that’s where the windshield would have started. Instead of a single piece, there are dual bumps that help direct air up and over the driver and passenger, though you’ll probably need to wear a helmet or fashionable goggles when you’re behind the wheel anyway. In classic barchetta fashion, there’s no option of a removeable hard or soft roof.
More revealed in the rear
The dual bumps also help separate the sumptuously appointed cockpit into two distinct sections, with a body coloured panel between the driver and front passenger. The lack of the coupe’s gently raked roof also reveals indentations in the Spyder’s bodywork behind the seats that probably serve as aerodynamic aids. These contour all the way down to dual exhaust exits that appear to be exactly above the rear axle.
Just like the coupe, the Ares Design S1 Project Spyder boasts underpinnings from Chevrolet’s Corvette, including its aluminium platform, 6,2-litre normally aspirated V8 and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. However, the Italian firm has upped the ante from 354 kW and 630 N.m of torque to 522 kW and 969 N.m – all by raising the peak engine speed significantly. That output allegedly will allow it to sprint from rest to 100 km/h in 2,7 seconds. There’s no price yet, but it the Ares Design S1 Project Spyder should comfortable exceed the R10 million for the coupe we quoted earlier.