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
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