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Pagani Zonda car review

Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italian automobile manufacturer of high-performance supercars and high quality carbon fiber that Lamborghini also uses in its cars. The company was founded by Horacio Pagani an Argentine company manufacturer, living in Italy; at San Cesario sul Panaro (Modena, Italy). Also involved at the outset was Juan Manuel Fangio, a five-time Formula One champion who helped him get a job with Lamborghini.


In 1988, Horacio Pagani, former manager of Lamborghini's composite department put up Pagani Composite Research. This new company worked extensively with Lamborghini on numerous projects, including the restyling of the Countach Anniversary, P140 and the Diablo. It was also during this time that Horacio started conceptualizing his own car, then called the "C8 Project," and eventually showing his drawings to Juan Manuel Fangio who he planned to name the car after (as the Fangio F1).

In 1991 Horacio Pagani set up Modena Design to meet the increasing demand for the services of design, engineering, model construction, moulds and prototypes. In 1992, he started construction of the prototype for the Fangio F1 and by 1993, they were testing the car at the Dallara wind tunnel, to positive results. It was around then that Fangio introduced Pagani to Mercedes-Benz and by 1994, they agreed to supply a V12 engine.

The final car, now called the Zonda C12 (the Fangio F1 name was dropped out of respect for Juan Manuel Fangio who had passed away) was presented at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show.

In 2005, Pagani announced that they planned to triple their production output within the next three years and at the same time, enter into the US market by 2007.

On the 25th of September 2007 Pagani claimed a new record for production super cars using the Pagani Zonda F Club sport by completing the Nürburgring in 7:27:82, but has since been beaten by other cars, such as the Maserati MC12, and Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR.

Relationship With DaimlerChrysler

While it is an independent company, Pagani has a working relationship with DaimlerChrysler, most notably, with AMG. AMG supplies and develops V12 engines for Pagani, for years now the Zonda has used increasingly more developed versions of the M120 V12, starting with the 6.0 litre to the current 7.3 litre developed from the engine used in the SL73 AMG. Outside of that, Pagani has also helped with the development of the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve supercar.

Pagani Zonda

Pagani's only model, the Zonda, is propelled by mid-mounted V-12 DOHC engines manufactured by Mercedes-Benz's AMG division. The car's design was inspired by jet fighters and the famous Sauber-Mercedes Silver Arrow Group C cars, and features several unique design elements, including its circular four pipe exhaust.

The Zonda production run will end with ten track-only Zonda R models.

  • Zonda
    • C12 6.0 L (5987 cc)
    • C12 S 7.0 L (7010 cc)
    • C12 S 7.3 L (7291 cc)
      • C12 S Roadster
      • C12 S Monza
      • Pagani Zonda GR (racing car)
  • Zonda F
    • Pagani Zonda Roadster F
  • Zonda R Clubsport

Zonda Cinque

Pagani has announced a car named "Zonda Cinque" will be introduced as a 2009 model. The Cinque will be based on the Zonda, but will feature a new 678 horsepower Mercedes-Benz V12, active aerodynamics, and a newly developed "carbon-titanium fiber," which is stronger and lighter than typical carbon fiber. There will only be 5 produced, all of which are already spoken for.

Pagani has already announced that a new car, not based on the Zonda, temporarily called the C9 will be introduced in the near future utilizing the next-generation Mercedes-Benz V12. The target for the vehicle is for it to have around 627 lb ft. of torque coupled with a new Bosch traction control system. If this pushes through, this new model will be the first Pagani supercar to feature traction control. The car will also feature full active aerodynamics, replacing the exposed wings of the Zonda.

Zonda Tricolore

Pagani has also announced the building of the very exclusive Zonda Tricolore at the 2010 Geneva Motor show. With numbers limited to just one, this 1.3 million Euro - before taxes - car is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Italian Aerobatic Fleet. The Tricolore is based on a top specification Zonda Cinque, built on a carbon titanium chassis with sequential transmission and titanium exhausts.The 7.3 litre Mercedes AMG V12 in the back pumps out 670 hp, which translates to 217 mi/h all out and 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds.

Pagani Huayra

Main article: Pagani Huayra

Pagani is building an all new car intended to replace the Zonda. It is named Huayra and will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in 2011. Pagani expects to build no more than 40 each year and each will sell for £1,000,000. The engine is a M158 twin-turbo 6.0 Litre V12 from Mercedes' AMG division producing 730 hp and 1100 Nm of torque. The Huayra has been redesigned from the ground up, but shares many visual qualities with the outgoing Zonda. The top speed has gone up from the 220 mph ( set by the Zonda F Roadster ) to 235 mph, and the 0-60 time is 3.2 seconds.

Official technical data:

  • Engine: Mercedes-AMG V12 Bi-Turbo M158
  • Displacement: 5980 cc
  • Power: 730cv
  • Torque: 1100 Nm
  • Transmission: 7-speed sequential cross. AMT robotic system with driving programs
  • Length: 4605mm
  • Wheelbase: 2795mm
  • Height: 1169mm
  • Width: 2036mm
  • Dry weight: 1350 kg
  • Weight distribution: 44% front 56% rear


  • In series 7 of Top Gear, Pagani was casually referred to (during a review of the Ascari KZ-1) as the only new manufacturer to have truly joined the "supercar club" in recent years, being, according to presenter Richard Hammond, "as mad as a brush".

Pagani Models and Pics

  • Pagani Zonda C12S 7.3:
    • Country of origin: Italy
    • Year of introduction: 1998
    • Numbers built: N/A
    • Body design: Horacio Pagani
    • Weight: 1250 kg (2760 lb)
    • Drivetrain
    • Engine: Mercedes Benz AMG M120 E72 60º V 12
    • Engine location: Mid , longitudinally mounted
    • Displacement: 7.010 L (428 in³)
    • Valvetrain: 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
    • Fuel feed: Fuel injection
    • Aspiration: Naturally Aspirated
    • Gearbox: 6 speed Manual
    • Drive: Rear wheel drive
    • Performance figures
      • Power: 550 bhp (410 kW) @ 5500 rpm
      • Torque: 750 N·m (553 ft·lbf) @ 4100 rpm
      • Power to displacement: 78 bhp/L (58 kW/L, 1.29 bhp/in³)
      • Power to weight ratio: 0.44 bhp/kg (0.33 kW/kg, 0.20 bhp/lb)
      • Top speed: N/A
      • 0-60 mph acceleration: 3.6 s

  • Pagani Zonda Roadster: 40 Built
    • Country of origin: Italy
    • Year of introduction: 2003
    • Weight: 1280 kg (2820 lb)
    • Engine: Mercedes Benz AMG M120 E73 60º V 12
    • Engine location: Mid , longitudinally mounted
    • Displacement: 7.291 L (445 in³)
    • Valvetrain: 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
    • Fuel feed: Bosch fuel injection
    • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
    • Gearbox: 6 speed manual
    • Performance figures
      • Drive: Rear wheel drive
      • Power: 555 bhp (414 kW) @ 5900 rpm
      • Torque: 750 N·m (553 ft·lbf) @ 4050 rpm
      • Power to displacement: 76 bhp/L
      • Power to weight ratio: 0.43 bhp/kg
      • Top speed: Roof on 220 mph (350 km/h), roof off 205 mph (330 km/h)
      • 0-60 mph acceleration: 3.6 s

  • Pagani Zonda C12 Monza (ONE OFF FROM 1998)
    • Engine: Mercedes Benz M120 E73 AMG 60º V 12
    • Engine location: Mid , longitudinally mounted
    • Displacement: 7.291 liter (445 in³)
    • Valvetrain: 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
    • Fuel feed: Bosch fuel injection
    • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
    • Gearbox: 6 speed manual
    • Drive: Rear wheel drive
    • Power: 600 bhp (448 kW)
    • Torque: N/A
    • Power to displacement: 82 bhp/L (61 kW/L, 1.35 bhp/in³)
    • Power to weight ratio: N/A
    • Top speed: Officially 215 mph (345 km/h), rumoured to be in excess of 220 mph (355 km/h)
    • 0-60 mph acceleration: N/A

  • Pagani Zonda GR
    • Country of origin: Italy
    • Year of introduction: 2004
    • Engine: Mercedes Benz / AMG 60º V 12
    • Engine location: Mid, longitudinally mounted
    • Displacement: 6.913 liter (422 in³)
    • Valvetrain: 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC
    • Fuel feed: Fuel injection
    • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
    • Gearbox: X-Trac 6 speed Sequential
    • Drive: Rear wheel drive
    • Power: 600 bhp (448 kW) @ 6000 rpm
    • Torque: 700 N·m (516 ft·lbf) @ 3500 rpm
    • Power to displacement: 87 bhp/L (65 kW/L, 1.42 bhp/in³)
    • Power to weight ratio: N/A
    • Top speed: N/A
    • 0-60 mph acceleration: N/A

Custom Made

2009 Zonda PS (white with golden contrast)

2009 Zonda GJ (carbon fiber black)

2010 Zonda Uno (light blue)

2011 Zonda HH (sky blue)

2011 Zonda 750 (pink)

2011 Zonda Rak (yellow)

2011 Zonda Absolute (carbon fiber black)

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