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DeTomaso Deauville unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

We have known for some time now that the DeTomaso name would be returning to the automotive world and with the start of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, we know that the new DeTomaso is not called the SLC or SLS as had been previously surmised, but rather the name Deauville has been chosen for this new luxury sedan.
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When the word first hit the streets that DeTomaso was making a return, many had hoped for a modern-day Pantera like the 1970s sports cars for which the brand is best known but upon seeing the first images of the new DeTomaso known then as the SLC – it was very obvious that this was nothing like the DeTomaso Pantera. The details were sketchy at first but many were referring to this high-riding sedan as a crossover, only to be refuted by a company statement referring to the new vehicle as a sedan named the SLS (sport luxury sedan).

As you can imagine, DeTomaso using the name “SLS” wouldn’t sit too well with the trademark lawyers from Daimler so we expected a different name to be connected to this large sedan when it hit the market and at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the new DeTomaso Deauville met the world. For those of you who aren’t up to date on your French towns, Deauville is a resort town in northwestern France on the English Channel but we aren’t sure why that name was picked for this luxury sedan.

The new DeTomaso Deauville is a five passenger luxury sedan using an aluminum chassis to cut down on the weight. This allows DeTomaso to use an efficient turbocharged 2.8L V6 producing 300 horsepower and 295lb-ft of torque, sending that power to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. This drivetrain configuration allows the DeTomaso Deauville to dash from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds while reaching a top speed of 155mph.

TorqueNews.com previously reported that the new DeTomaso had a heavy dose of Cadillac SRX influences inside and with a steering wheel, light controls and center stack all looking a great deal like the interior features of the current Cadillac SRX, the fact that the Deauville also uses what seems to be the same turbocharged 2.8L V6 from the Caddy crossover makes you wonder how much involvement GM may have had with the reincarnation of the DeTomaso name?

Other DeTomaso and Geneva Motor Show News:
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The Deauville name obviously was chosen to reflect the original deTomaso sedan of the 1970's, which was styled by Ghia to look like a Jag XJ. The name was chosen then because Alejandro deTomaso's wife (Isabelle) was a horse fan and Deauville is long associated with horse racing in France and a famous resort for the Equine crowd. The current car appears to be heavily GM-Europe (read Opel) influenced complete with the Opel (Saab Aero X or Caddy SRX) drivetrain. Interesting. Thanks for the article and the information.