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2018 Panoz Avezzano Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Panoz Avezzano

Cars are mainly manufactured for daily use. While there is a class of cars that is meant for leisure. And on the other hand, there are some that are designed for sporting. Well, there is even a class that is manufactured merely for fun.

If you are following such cars, then you would one day confront the Panoz Avezzano. Well, this Panoz is not a very old company. But it is made in America. And the Avezzano might take you to the quake-stricken city of Italy. Well, it still exists, and it even has some memories from World War 2. But the main content is that the grandfather of the Panoz’s CEO then migrated to the US.

This car was introduced in the memoir of the quack stricken Avezzano. The Panoz Avezzano is heavily based on the former Panoz Esperante. This Esperante stayed in the business for some good 7 years. And it relied much on the engines brought in from the GM and Ford. Well, for the Avezzano, Panoz even borrowed the engine block from Chevy.

The Panoz Esperante was put to end in 2007. And after that, the Panoz was not developing any such city cum track sports car. But 11 years after that, Panoz displayed the Avezzano that is designed for both the streets and tracks. This car was displayed for the first time in 2016 at Petit Le Mans and the Concours d’Elegance. And finally, by the summer of 2017, the Avezzano went into the production line.

The base price for this car is ascertained to be as low as $159,900. And the Avezzano GTS is the finest trim available for this car. Mainly that is acquired for motorsports, but there are several ways to tame this monster.


6.2 L6 – speed manual430 – 630 hp421 – 592 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
4.4s177 mphCoupe12 city/ 16 highway


Hood of 2018 Panoz Avezzano

The Panoz has been utilizing the powertrains from GM companies for almost every of its car. For Avezzano they got the Chevy 6.2 L V8 naturally aspirated engine. Well, the Chevy worked out the tuning for this engine and Panoz did the job for installation.

Well, this 6.2 L naturally aspirated V8 has a minimum of 430 horses with 421 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is normally available for the commercial market. While the most powerful Avezzano is available with supercharged 630 hp V8 engine having 592 lb-ft of torque. That is certainly the track-oriented version, which could be acquired for roads after making sure that it has sufficient safety equipment for the urban driving.

The urban Avezzano gets fewer horses and a lower torque. And the high torque is related to the track version vehicles. Well, with this monster, you really cannot expect good for the fuel mileage. It would only deliver you 13-14 mpg altogether.  Well, why would you think about the fuel mileage when you have to buy it for performance and fun?

As per some reports, the Avezzano can lap 0-62 mph within 4.4 seconds. And it can deliver a top speed of 177 mph. Well, this is what the naturally aspirated V8 vehicle can do.

Ahead of that, the Panoz Avezzano comes mated with the 6-speed manual transmission. That is the only gearing system available for this whole series. While it is really lovable.

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2018 Panoz Avezzano Exterior

The Panoz has given a bit old-school style to the Avezzano. The cosmetics, design and the layout does not really compete with the present day sports cars. Its competitors have LED headlamps, LED DRL, various wheel design and stylish rear. While the Avezzano gets projector headlamps a static rear with LED taillights, fender vents, and side exhausts. The Avezzano comes with the 20-inch alloy wheels as standard. Further, there is an optional wheel package available for this car.

Well, when it comes to the aerodynamics, the Avezzano gets a pretty decent wind resistive design. Though there is no autodynamics available. But the styling is good enough to repel the air and give a decent push to the car. While the lower suspension allows a greater impact to the downforce of the car.


Interior of 2018 Panoz Avezzano

As like the exterior, the interior designing is even a bit vintage. The tech specs make it look modern. But the appointment is not much a present-day design. Well, the interior ingredients include leather sports seats, Alcantara accent and trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and carbon fiber door sills. Further, the seats are also available in carbon fiber. And the steering wheel also comes in the D-Shape with carbon fiber. Further, there are plenty of custom stitching and color options available for this car.

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Features of 2018 Panoz Avezzano

The Panoz Avezzano features a touchscreen infotainment system. This is just a multimedia system, with music and radio options. Further, it even includes the navigation and the satellite radio options.

Ahead of that, the Avezzano comes with a TFT colored driver’s cluster display with configurable options. While the other features include push-button start and stop, power windows and lock and the air conditioning.

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2018 Panoz Avezzano Safety

The city version Avezzano gets a sufficient amount of airbags and easy-to-use seatbelts. When it comes to the active safety and driving dynamics, the Avezzano includes some features. Like, it the traction and stability control, options for the parking assistant, ABS and electronic brake force distribution. Ahead of that, the lower height of the Avezzano helps to reduce the chances of rolling over.

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McLaren 650S

It took a lot of time to find a competitor for Panoz Avezzano. As it is one of the smart racers and has a limited amount of rivals. Well, the McLaren 650S could be an ideal choice as well.

Otherwise, it is cool kind of a grand tourer and has some good performance skills. But still, the competition above it is more alive than what it is.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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