The new Avanti sport coupe and convertible are both Ford powered. The base model uses the 4.0L V6 from the Mustang and Ranger making 210 hp and the uplevel model is powered by the Mustang's 3V 4.6L V8 making 300 hp. Styling is similar to the original Studebaker Avanti from 1963, but to my eye has lost some of the artistic touches that made the original so desirable. The Avanti and Avanti II were built from original Studebaker tooling, but that's not true here, it looks like a Mustang with a body kit. It is an improvement over the last version of the Avanti that was available (basically a Firebird with a body kit) because now it's Ford powered.
The origianl Avanti was a truly revolutionary design, from a company not really known to many today. But Studebaker had a history of interesting cars such as the Hawks (Gold and Silver) and Larks. And Studebaker was not afraid to offer Paxton superchargers on many of these including the Avanti. So I wonder if you can get a supercharger on the new on? Interesting Ford powered car, check the specs on their site; http://www.avantimotors.com/2006specific.htm
In addition to the Avanti sports coupe, there are two Hummer look alikes based on Ford F-250 chassis bearing both the Studebaker and Avanti names. I recall that the original prototype sparked a lawsuit from GM because it looked too much like the Hummer. But doesn't the Hummer itself bear a striking resemblance to the Lamborghini LM002 from the 80's ?My father before he passed away was often telling me that "there are no original ideas anymore, everything is a rehash of what's already come out." He was referring to movies and TV shows, but his words have weight when it comes to automotive design as well. Here we have a close copy to a hummer (but not close enough for litigation) based on a Ford F-250. Check out the specs on their site; http://www.avantimotors.com/studespecific.htm