The Pagani Zonda has been the subject of many special editions and on-off vehicles. It’s not really a surprise, considering the nature of the supercar as one of the finest exotics on the planet.
For all the hoopla these one-off Zondas generated when they were released, something was still bound to fall through the cracks, particularly one of these aforementioned one-offs heading to the auction block.
World renowned English auctioneers, Bonham, will host this event to auction off a Pagani Zonda C12S/F where it is expected to carry a price tag of anywhere between $800,000 and $950,000. This Zonda is a second-hand model whose owner, a man who carries the initials GJ, decided to part ways with the supercar after an eventful history with it.
Apparently, the Zonda was originally built as a base C12 Coupe , but after what we can imagine to be excessive enjoyment, the owner sent the Zonda back to Pagani to get some repairs done, including the installation of the automaker’s more powerful "F" performance package .
With all the repairs and improvements done, this Zonda ended up carrying AMG’s 7.3-liter V12 engine that produced around 550 horsepower. Not a bad number for a Zonda that’s pretty much more than a decade old. The expected price is another matter entirely, as paying close to a million for a decade old supercar isn’t exactly the kind of astute purchase we had in mind.
Nevertheless, we expect somebody to make a bid for this supercar if only for the fact that you don’t see a whole lot of these models running around the streets anymore. The Bonham auction has been set for January 3, 2013 at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, England.
There’s one time each year when no grown man worries about walking around wearing or driving something pink and that is during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Even in the NFL, grown men are beating the hell out of each other rocking pink gloves, socks, or other random pink things.
Well, the equivalent of strapping in a pink mouthpiece in the automotive industry is tossing a coat of pink on your car. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TopSpeed is checking out all of the pink cars we have seen in recent years and laying them out for you, top-10 style.
In this contest, we need to look into the dedication of the pink coloring (real or wrap), the overall car coolness factor, and, of course, its raw power. Fortunately for us, driving a pink supercar is nothing out of the ordinary, so we have tons of entrants to choose from. If we skipped one of your favorites, let us know in the comments section.
Click past the jump to start our top-10 countdown to the best pink car of 2012.
It’s hard to believe but the Pagani Zonda , arguably one of the most colorful super cars of this generation, is already 12 years old. For a niche supercar brand like Pagani , that in itself is an outstanding achievement.
But since the Huayra is now in the fold, the Zonda’s life has been on borrowed time and over the past few years, Pagani has resorted to producing a limited number of one-off, special edition models for a select number of customers.
From the HH to the Rak to the Tricolore , and even Lewis Hamilton’s 760 LH, the Zonda is ready to say goodbye in a manner few exotics of its kind get to do.
But before that, there’s still time for one more one-off: the Zonda 764 Passione.
Pagani has yet to reveal official photos of the 764 Passione but there’s word that the supercar will feature a naked carbon fiber body with pink accents on the car.
Under it’s hood, the 764 Passione will carry a 7.3-liter V12 engine that’s expected to produce 760 horsepower - 764, maybe? - akin to Lewis Hamilton’s one-off LH model. Speaking of the Zonda LH, the 764 Passione will also feature a six-speed manual transmission instead of the sequential paddle-shift gears of some of its other contemporaries.
So now that the Zonda is finally ready to say adieu, do you think the 764 Passione is a fitting send-off to one of the best exotics of the past decade?
We certainly think so.
UPDATE 10/07/12: The folks over at LotusTalk.com managed to get photos of the Zonda 764 Passione sitting comfortable in a dealership. Check out their hauled pics in the gallery below. Big ups to LT for the photos.
We are slightly obsessed with Paganis and we make no attempts to hide it. We love them in all shapes, paint jobs, and forms. Well, that was until now.
Enter in a fantastically awesome orange Pagani Zonda F with its 650-horsepower AMG V-12 pumping in the background. As you approach it from the rear, you see all of the familiar Zonda F signatures: quad tailpipes, triple-stacked taillights, low-laying spoiler, an ass end that is so awkwardly long that its sexy, and its bubble-top cabin.
As you walk around the front you see... Airbrush ugliness thrown on the front end. Look, I am a huge Batman fan and have seen all of the movies and watched the Adam West series (re-runs) to completion. That’s right, the dude that owns this automotive awesomeness ruined it (in our opinion) by having Batman airbrushed on the front.
To make matters worse, he went the classic route and placed the sound effects in thought bubbles, yet he left the "m" off of "Boom." Apparently, he is trying to play off the Pagani’s stylish headlights as the "m," but it doesn’t line up with the "Boo" and it’s outside of the thought bubble.. Ugh, talk about failing in every sense of the word.
Regardless, the car can still be salvaged, given a driver that does not rock pink shades while he cruises in a Batman-liveried supercar decides to save it from its unholy path.
China has really become quite the unexpected hotbed of supercars and this next one is very surprising. Someone has caught a video of a Pagani Zonda Cinque doing a number of donuts outside of the Chinese Supercar Club. Keep in mind the rarity of the Cinque ... There were only five of them ever built – yeah, f-i-v-e – and each one costs €1.3 million ($1,631,760) at the current exchange rates). We would be damned if we had one of those five and were out in in the rain, let alone doing donuts in the rain.
Then again, is this really a true Cinque? It’s honestly really hard to tell, as the camera is too far away. The exhaust tone sounds almost identical to every other Cinque video that we have seen, but the engine just doesn’t seem as quick to respond as others we have seen. Then again, the driver may just be feathering the accelerator lightly.
You be the judge by checking out the above video. If it is the real deal, this is the unicorn of all car videos. If it is a kit car – remember, China pretty much invented knocking off high-end sports cars – then it is one hell of a knock off, but it is still a complete fail...
What do you think, real or fake? Let us know in the comments.
As a result, a desperate owner in the U.S. took matters into his own hands and created his very own Pagani Zonda replica, which was recently spotted broken down in Mountain View, California.
The pictures captured simply scream "replica," as the dimensions are all wrong, despite the fact that this particular unit is far off from the real thing. No specific details have been released about this particular unit, but based on the huge number of Ferrari replica’s designed around the Toyota MR2 , it’s likely that this vehicle utilized a similar affordable sports car and has been designed around it.
If true, that means this Zonda replica would be gravely underpowered as the Toyota MR2 only featured a tiny 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, producing just 138hp at 6,400 rpm and only reached a top speed of 129 mph. Compare this to the Pagani Zonda F however, and the true extent of the differences become clear.
The Zonda featured a 7.3-liter V-12 engine sourced from AMG and produced around 650hp, helping the lightweight hypercar sprint to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and onto a claimed top speed of 220 mph.
So for any budding automotive engineers out there, this video is perfect for you.
During the clip, EVO founder Harry Metcalfe gets hands-on with the Huayra and looks at a variety of the small components which help make the Huayra as unique as it is. He goes on to reveal that, according to Horacio Pagani himself, the Huayra is constructed out of approximately 4,700 different components, while its predecessor, the Zonda, was built with ‘just’ 3,000 pieces.
Additionally, the video aims to prove that the Huayra really is worth its incredible $1.3 million price tag, and after watching it, we’re inclined to agree that the level of detail which goes into creating every Pagani far exceeds any other manufacturers we’re aware of.
As a quick refresher, the Huayra features an incredible twin-turbo, 6.0-liter AMG sourced V12 engine delivering an impressive 730HP and 730lb-ft of torque. This engine is then mated to an advanced seven-speed sequential transmission courtesy of Xtrac, and consequently, the Huayra can hit 60 mph in around 3.0 seconds before hitting an impressive top speed of 220mph.
Prior to Pagani officially unveiling the Zonda R Evolution to the public at the ongoing Goodwood Festival of Speed event in the U.K, GHPixx managed to capture the Evo at what’s sure to be its new home in the coming months, the Nordschleife.
Nevertheless, this is a mighty spot and in addition to the Zonda R Evo doing the rounds at the ‘Ring, a Pagani Huayra was also seen shadowing the Zonda R Evolution, suggesting that the Italian company may be planning to run both cars around ‘Green hell’ with record lap times in mind in the coming days and weeks.
Sounding just as incredible as the ‘standard’ Zonda R , the Evolution variant is said to produce 760BHP, although some sites have claimed output to be as high as 800HP from its modified 6.0-liter AMG-sourced V12 engine. Whichever it is, the Evolution is unquestionably faster than its predecessor and should eclipse the R’s record-setting Nurburgring lap time captured a couple of years ago .
The Pagani Zonda R Evolution is basically an even more extreme version of the already-insane R , and promises to be substantially faster than the standard car, meaning a possible Nordschleife run could see the new car eclipse the regular R’s record-breaking lap of 6:47.
Taking a leaf out of the book of the Zonda 760 RS and 760 LH, the new Zonda R Evolution delivers, you guessed it, 760BHP from its modified 6.0-liter AMG-sourced V12 engine. Additional changes have been implemented throughout the suspension set up, although Pagani has yet to reveal any official details about these changes.
What we can confirm however, is that the Zonda R Evolution features a dramatically re-designed body with various new aerodynamic aids now being featured on the car. These include additional vents at the front end, including a more aggressively-styled splitter and larger winglets. Furthermore, the rear also features aerodynamic improvements with a second small wing now situated below the larger rear wing, which has also been improved.
Follow the jump to check out an awesome video of the car revving, and stay tuned for the official release of the Zonda R Evolution in the coming days.
We caught wind of the Pagani Zonda R EVO less than two weeks ago and YouTube user, Marchettino, has already managed to capture the special Pagani Zonda on video.
The Zonda R EVO is set to be unveiled next week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It will feature new suspensions, while its V12 AMG engine will deliver a total of 771 HP. It looks like this supercar is ready to set a new record at the Nurburgring.
Here’s what Marchettino stated about his video: "At a moment I stopped recording because I felt a bit guilty so I gave some help to my friends that were pushing the car to the showroom. The debut to the EVO will take place in the hills of Goodwood, I’ve been very lucky to see and film it as first."