Because Ezra Pound's modernizing influence on "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" isn't your kind of dramatic update, feast your eyes on the modernization of an unstoppable racecar: the Gullwing-America Panamericana. Headed by a San Antonian whose Mercedes addiction began with his very first car, this new company takes the Benz-love infinite steps further, having tapped a team of German experts to build a stronger, faster 300SL Gullwing -- the same iconic ride that won the '52 Carrera Panamericana even after its windshield was shattered at 120mph by a vulture, who somehow mistook the car for a carcass. In order to make the Panamericana "drive less like a heavy truck", they've made a few changes:
More Sassy Chassis: The suspension is now totally adjustable to tweak driving feel/performance, and's been significantly lowered, thus enlarging the formerly claustrophobic interior to fit riders up to 6'8", perfect as LeBron needs a new ride after outgrowing his Cavalier.
Under the Hood: Still serviceable by any Mercedes dealer, the motor (formerly carburate'd and requiring a daily morning primer) has been replaced by either the 5.5L V8 or 3.5L V6 guts of an AMG S 65, producing 480 or 320 horsepower respectively (for AMC-related horsepower, go see Secretariat, starring the lovely Diane Lane, and a horse).
A Better Body: The handmade aluminum frame is reinforced with aircraft epoxy glass, carbon composite, and tubular steel, a patent-pending process that produces a frame that's 10x stronger but actually lighter weight, for a car that's Slimfast, without the shake.
Although the long-running development of this beast has been plagued by corporate hi-jinks (including actual spying missions that are resulting in moving the operation out of Germany), the prototype is 95% finished and they're already taking orders -- grab one, and all your boys will be giving you Pounds.
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