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Panther Solo


Panther Solo

The Solo was overdue, as it was to be launched in 1985, but Toyota brought out their MR2. As such, the car was delayed until 1989 when a newer, more complex chassis could be produced which incorporated 4WD. A steel floorpan was joined to front and rear subframes while the center cockpit and bodywork was made in composite material. At the front the car used MacPherson struts, while at the rear double wishbones helped give the great cornering power. The engine was the same Cosworth unit which had been developed for the Sierra, though in the Panther it was mounted behind the driver. Up front was rack and pinion steering while brakes were 10-inch (254mm) ABS-assisted discs. The driving experience was good, but the looks weren't convincing enough and, after just 26 cars had been made, Panther gave in to the tough competition and stopped production in 1990.

Panther Solo Specifications

Top speed:142 mph (227 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.0 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:122 ci (1,993 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:204 bhp (152 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:198 lb ft (268 Nm) @ 4,500 rpm
Weight:2,723 lb (1,237 kg)
Economy:22 mpg (7.8 km/I)
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