Exclusivity and fast cars have gone hand in hand for years. Corvettes , Porsches , Lamborghinis , Ferraris , and Bugattis all have both factors in common and to an increasing degree as the list progresses. However, There’s one car maker, and more specifically, one car model, that oozes with the sort of bespoke rarity only found in artistic works from the likes of de Vinci or Michelangelo; the Pagani Zonda Revolucion.
The Zonda Revolucion is Pagani ’s greatest iteration of the Zonda supercar and will likely be the last. This last hurrah of greatness for the nameplate that dates back to 1999, the Revolucion is a hyper version of the already-hyper Zonda R.
Like the Zonda R, the Revolucion’s power comes from an AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V-12 that churns out an amazing 800 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque. A central monocoque carbon-titanium chassis and carbon fiber everything keeps the Revolucion’s weight down to a skimpy 2,358 pounds.
Supercars like this aren’t usually built in great quantity, which holds true in extreme form for the Revolucion. Only five were ever made. The one you see pictured above is number two, delivered to its owner in Japan in 2013. Number five , however, is headed to the Geneva Motor Show in early March to show off one last time before being delivered to its lucky owner.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pagani Zonda Revolucion #5.
The body is all business. Air ducts, wings, deflectors, more wings and acres of carbon fiber stretch across the exterior of the Zonda Revolucion. If ever there was a real version of the Batmobile, this would be it. The sinister lines and its low-slung stance give an ominous look to whoever dares to stare directly at it.
Up front, the air dam clears the earth by nothing more than an inch or two while massive air intakes reside just above. Just beside and directly forward of the front tires are four winglets that help generate downforce. Another large air scoop runs along the lower sides of the car, feeding air to behind the rear tires. Just aft of the rear tires are yet more winglets and hanging between them on the rear of the car, is an air diffuser the size of Texas.
Quad exhaust pipes point from the rear above the diffuser and are reminiscent of mortar cannons ready to launch a barrage of grenades. Rising from above the bodywork is an extremely large carbon fiber active wing. With a flip of a switch, the wing will automatically engage the air, holding the car to the pavement once it reaches over 0.81-Gs in lateral acceleration. Talk about assisting downforce.
|Length||4886 MM (192,36 inches)|
|Width||2014 MM (79.29 inches)|
|Height||1141 MM (44.92 inches)|
|Wheelbase||2785 MM (109.64 inches)|
|Dry weight||1070 KG (2,358 pounds)|
Like the exterior, the cockpit is all business. Heated and cooled leather seats, a large infotainment screen, and chilled cup holders are popular options these days, but none have a place in the Zonda. Everything within the Revolucion is dedicated to speed and precision. A steering wheel-mounted rpm gauge sits where an air bag would normally deploy. Above the wheel and embedded in the carbon fiber dashboard is a small display showing readouts on all the vital go-fast bits. Thick, five-point safety harnesses and racing seats keep both driver and passenger strapped in during hard maneuvers.
The interior is a spartan place, but what is included is there for a specific purpose.
The Zonda Revolucion’s power is generated from an engine sourced from AMG. The Mercedes-Benz powerplant is an updated version found in the preceding Zonda R. Now tuned up to produce 800 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque, the 6.0-liter V-12 screams to life on the track, unleashing burbles and flames, while inciting the nightmares of small children.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed magnesium transversal and sequential transmission. So precise are the shifts, they take place in a mere 20 milliseconds. A Bosch-developed traction control system keeps everything under check with no less than 12 settings and a renewed ABS system. The systems allow the driver to tailor the car to whatever driving mood he may find himself in on race day. Zero to 60 mph happens in a blistering 2.6 seconds on its way to a 217 mph top speed.
Pulling everything to a stop are new CCMR, or Carbon Ceramic Matrix Race brake rotors that resist fade and extend brake life expectancy four times.
|Type||Mercedes-Benz AMG - M120 - 12 cylinder V 60°, 48 valves; displacement 5987 ccm, dry sump|
|Max. Power (HP @ RPM)||800 @ 8,000|
|Max. Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||538 @ 5,800)|
|Traction control||12 Stage - Bosch Motorsport traction control system|
|Intake||Single throttle bodies, mechanically operated|
|Exhaust system||Hydroformed Inconel, ceramic coated|
|Transmission||Longitudinal mid engine; rear wheel drive with self-locking differential|
|0 to 60 mph||2.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||217 MPH|
|Weight-to-Power ratio||2.95 LB/HP|
As the old saying goes, “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” But lets say you needed to know an amount to write on the check – its $2,900,000. And that $2.9 million doesn’t even include the tax or the hefty insurance premiums you’ll inevitably have.
Almost one year ago, the LaFerrari made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited replacement for the Enzo, the LaFerrari is the first Ferrari to ever incorporate a hybrid drive system. A conventional 6.3-liter V-12 is paired with two electric motors; one to help power the wheels, the other to power the ancillary equipment.
Like the Zonda, the LaFerrari’s engine kicks out 800 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque with 0 to 60 times being in the sub 3-second range.
Pricing for the LaFerrrari starts at an incredibly low (relative sarcasm) $1.4 million. What’s more, Ferrari is said to be building 499 units, though reports confirm every car is already spoken for.
Gallery Ferrari LaFerrari
The Zonda Revolucion is a special car indeed. It possesses all the exclusivity and race bred readiness any one person would ever need. The five examples Pagani produced are all spoken for and will/have already found themselves being used on the track somewhere. Like a stallion bred to run, this Zonda with its special name commemorating its production end was born to chase the checkered flag.
- Outstanding performance
- That V-12 scream as fly past at 217 mph
- Exclusivity unlike anything else
- It’s not road legal
- All have been sold
- It costs how much?