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supercar - high performance (copycat award)
Born in the same stable as the Apollo I.E. the new P72 from De Tomaso hopes to grab its title away from it. But really does this reborn company have what it takes to take down one of the best designed cars of the this century. Let's hope so as this could be the vehicle that either makes or brakes De Tomaso again.
Up front you might find the looks to be rather familiar as De Tomaso has utilized some past favorite characteristics from past racing cars of the 1960's. This could be a good or bad thing as some may not want a classic looking supercar, where as others really want a modern Le Mans racer. Whatever the outcome is, we are sure that the P72 will find its way into many homes due to its low production amount.
We have come to love the awe inspiring good looks of the P72 but still we have a found a few flaws in it as well. De Tomaso could have done away with the oversized bubble lights of the past and gone for more of a band appearance running along the wheel arch. This could have paved the way for a larger side intake giving the front a more aggressive appeal.
Running along the side we find ourselves lost in a sea of flowing character lines and one mammoth side intake. This will help feed the engine with a proper amount of cold air helping your power plant stay within a reasonable level while pushing the envelope of this beast.
A bit lower you will find one aspect that De Tomaso forgot to leave in the past and that is the wheel design. Classic five point wheels from the 60's are not the best for a modern supercar, even if they can handle the power. A more modern wheel design would have been better as even the side mirrors are from this century.
Out back you may find a more modern take on a classic appearance as De Tomaso has upgraded the tail lights to a more modern look. A bit higher you might see what is powering this beast as they have left the engine bay exposed via a glass enclosure. But this was not complete without the side air ducts to ensure that your greenhouse does not explode upon heavy usage.
They did go a bit overboard with the exhaust port as it does take up the lower half of the window. Of course this does add to the cool factor of this ride, so we will let is slide. On top of that the De Tomaso has done one spectacular job with the P72 complimenting each and every area with something that is better than before. They have even gone as far as to properly outfit this ride with a race inspired diffuser.
If the exquisite styling of the P72 isn't enough to make you want it, then it seems that both Apollo and De Tomaso have not done their job. From top to bottom this new ride is something to be seen in real life as De Tomaso has spared no expense at the craftsmanship and attention to detail in every aspect of this ride. With only a few minor changes, the P72 could knock the Intensa Emozione off its top rating within our stable, but as this may never happen it seems that it will just have to play second fiddle to their adopted sibling.
Although the P72 may be a great looking model with exceptional styling, it does receive a copycat award for borrowing a lot from James Glickenhaus custom P-4/5 Ferrari. It does blend some old world architecture to the design, but all around it is very similar to the P 4/5. James has even called out DeTomaso for doing this as well. But what can you expect when the same design house designs both vehicles. Remember the Audi TT and Chrysler Crossfire, they were designed by the same designer and both had the same appeal.
Overall the P72 is one great ride which features a perfect modern take on a timeless classic look. De Tomaso has done a great job pulling off the ultimate feat of making the best of the past with the addition of modern amenities. They done the best of the best and come out on top and with no corner untouched by the beauty of this craftsman, it seems that P72 is something that we can only dream of. But this is no dream, this is reality and De Tomaso has mad if for you. Know you just have to find a way to get onto the list and make your down payment.
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