Wonder why Italy car like Pagani Zonda can stand tall on the same racetrack with supercars big leagues? Because it’s built on the belief that aestheticity and performance can go in oneness with compact package yet spaciously comfortable!
Pagani Zonda: The Best Sports Car
The Pagani Zonda takes the road and track so well alongside major auto giants like Ferrari and Mesarati that it no doubt deserves to be in the hall of World’s Top 10 Most Expensive Cars… Sports Car, to be exact.
One of its benchmark production in 2009, the Zonda Cinque that preciously went on a mere 5 units-run calls for $1,850,000 each that their lavish buyers adore for the 6-gear sequential transmission on the V12 Mercedes AMD engine that top its performance at 678hp and 780Nm.
Dubbed as “the most extreme road-legal Zonda”, you really wouldn’t mind burning the wheels at 300km/h which the body cleverly stabilized by its carbon-titanium frame and Pirelli Pzero tyres alongside the ergal/titanium spring/shock absorber, collaboratively devoting for speed, lightness, safety and comfort all in one.
Built For Performance And Comfort
Such a big name beyond its homeland Italy, the first brainchild was born in the hands of Horacio Pagani, a bakery-family descendent who confidently uphold his dream to build the now supercars by going separate ways to pursue his dream after eight years with Lamborghini.
Thanks to the keen eyes of Argentinean F1 racer, Juan Manuel Fangio on Pagani’s faith on the future of carbon fiber potential, together they built their first debut released as Zonda C12 at Geneva Motor Show in 2000. Mounted with the V12 Engine from Mercedes-Benz, it dons on the carbon based body to boost lightness and aerodynamics that allows for peak performance at 389hp and 570Nm back then.
The rest were a run-down on rapid progressions in aerodynamic and interior design scopes. We bet you haven’t forget their 2005 achievement with Zonda F inspired by Pagani’s earliest racer-turn-co-engineer, Fangio which naturally made the headway for the 25-units limited run of Zonda F Roadster a year later.
A Revolution To Applaud
To observe the F-series as “just another newer supercar” is an understatement. These coupe were in fact a big innovative step forward from earlier designs that captures the heart of its buyers with extensive revamp on intake manifolds, exhaust and ECU to deliver a stunning 650hp and 780Nm for the roadsters, and that’s 1.5 times better than their predecessors.
This model underwent a major facelift with carbon fiber center and canvas on the rear serving as folding roof to complement the interior smooth leather finish to accentuate the Italian GT flavor. And did we mention the overall structural reinforcement on chassis frame and door sill with quality roll bars that made it so perfectly the most elegant special edition of Zonda?
So who cares messing up their hair while driving open-roof at top speed? You’ll only mesmerize the onlookers with the perfect blend of sensuality and aggressiveness behind your wheels! Though initially selling for $750,000 a change of hand easily doubles to $1,300,000 recently but customers are happily paying for its impressive track record by finishing the lap at only 7:29 on the Nürburgring racetrack with its ever so light bodyweight.
A Superstar To Remember
And how can we go without casting the spotlight on the stunning Pagani Zonda R! This is truly a racetrack breed that gives fellow racers the thrill of making a beautiful 0-100 shift under 2.7 seconds.
The science behind? A clever installation of transversal sequential gearbox and shift paddles mounted behind the steering for maximum configurability and 20-miliseconds gearshift performance record. It’s no wonder why Pagani coins it as “the most extreme version of Zonda ever”.
Value For Money?
If you think this is too much a price to pay, many loaded car enthusiasts think otherwise. Owners like Scottish gas industry Tycoon Gareth Jones didn’t think twice when he returned his crashed C12 to the factory and reappear as Zonda GJ, upgraded with front wing and mapping prominent features of Cinque and F. Talk about money-worth? It’s perhaps the right mentality in the wrong place. This is the ultimate arena for the super-rich devotion to priceless supercars definitely!
Pagani Zonda Triumph Shall Prevail
Well, for all the outstanding engineering work that speaks for themselves in the fabulous masterpieces of Pagani Zonda collection, it’s such a mix feeling to see it closing its glorious chapter with only 206 units total production ending 2012.
But its triumph will definitely continue with Pagani Huayra, another fleet of supercars leveraging on the powerful performance of V12 Mercedes engines but downsized to 6.0 liter twin- turbo unit.
So till it greets the US market next year with a price tag of $1,130,000, we shall wait for the dawn of yet another superstar, this time with a mid-engine that robustly chunks out 700hp with 1,100Nm.
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