When you get into this category, it’s hard to say if one is better than the other. Ferrari , Lamborghini , Aston Martin , and McLaren are all wonderful products, but is one better than the other one in the real world? Probably not, but there are a few things we can look at to try and determine a solid list.
When you have this kind of money, performance is expected out of these machines and that is a key thing to remember. Every car on this list is fast enough for most people. Many will begin to point out numbers and statistics to prove that their car should be ranked higher up. What they fail to understand is that most of the people who buy these machines will never get close to those numbers. For them, it’s more about the car. With that in mind, we will look at styling, prestige, luxury, and the sensations that you get when you sit behind the wheel.
There is a never a right answer when comparing these machines. Everybody has their own opinion and everybody will think they’re correct. We really had to think about this one long and hard because, well, we had no idea how to rank most of these machines. The top ten supercars for 2010 is just one of life’s great mysteries.
Nonetheless, we persevered on your behalf to try and rank today’s best supercars. We would also like to point out price was not considered in this ranking. If you can afford any one of these cars, most of the time price isn’t going to be a big deal.
We have to admit, we are a bit jealous! Why does the British press get to test all of the coolest cars out there? For example, the latest model in Autocar’s fleet was the coolest Pagani ever: the new Zonda R . Be honest now, aren’t you just as jealous as we are?
The Zonda R is limited to only 10 units each priced at €1.4 million euro (about $1.85 million at current rates). It is powered by a V12 AMG engine that delivers 750 hp (100 more than the Zonda F) at 8000 rpm and 524 lb. ft. of torque. Although it looks like other Zondas, this only uses ten percent of the Zonda F components. New parts include a suspension forged in Avional (aluminum alloy), a new Pagani six-speed transversal sequential gearbox, and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.
Bad news for David Heinemeier Hansson who has just received a one-of-a-kind Pagani Zonda HH that he can only enjoy during vacations in Italy. Pagani has just announced that their new generation supercar that will be replacing the Zonda, the C9 , will be homologated for the US market. The company has announced that the new twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 motor and automated manual gearbox will meet 2013 California emissions regulations, and will be Euro 5-compliant.
This is the first time US customers will be allowed to enjoy a Pagani model. Until now the Zonda was never made available in the US because it did not meet the country’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations.
Horacio Pagani also confirmed that the future C9 will be powered by an AMG sourced 6.0-liter V12 engine that will develop a total of 690bhp and 737lb-ft of torque. Also, the C9 will be a completely new product in terms of design, weight, distribution, materials and dynamics, and revealed that it will feature 3770 new parts.
When Pagani unveiled the Zonda HH earlier this month, everyone wondered what the "HH" stood for. Now we have the answer. The HH just happens to stand for its owner, David Heinemeier Hansson in Chicago. Of course, now the big question is, who is David Heinemeier Hansson?
Unless you are as computer addicted as we are, you probably have never heard of the guy before a few seconds ago. This man is a 30 year-old software guru. He created the Ruby on Rails web development framework and is a partner at a software development firm called 37signals. Unfortunately for Mr. HH, he will only be able to enjoy his precious ride during his vacations in Italy since the Pagani Zonda HH cannot be imported to the USA.
As a reminder, the Zonda HH will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine that produces over 680 horsepower that’s similar to the output of Pagani’s other super machine, the Zonda Cinque . As for the materials found on this one-off machine, they include a carbon titanium tub, a ceramic-titanium exhaust, and a carbon-ceramic braking that will make the Zonda HH even lighter – somewhere in the neighborhood of 30% - than the standard Zonda.
The Pagani Zonda R ’s record-breaking run at the Nurburgring may have been a cake walk for some people considering the car broke the newly-set record by the Ferrari FXX by over 11 seconds.
But ask the people responsible behind the record-setting run and they’ll be the first to tell you that the accomplishment was reached because of hours and hours of tireless research, hard work, and dedication.
In this mini-documentary, the Italian sports car manufacturer takes us through, in detail, what happened behind the scenes in the development of the Zonda R. We may see the flash and pizazz with these record-setting runs, but there are also aspects of these cars we don’t see – research, development, and testing – that play a more important role than any of us can imagine.
In the end, after all that painstaking labor, the result certainly speaks for itself. And according to Horacio Pagani, the founder of the Italian auto brand, "The laptime of 6:47 that we have obtained with reasonable ease here at the Nürburgring is a confirmation of the skilled work behind every Pagani vehicle."
We have seen bits of the Zonda HH before and we know that it’s going to some lucky son-of-a-gun in the United States, but now we have a full view of the one-off supercar, and this guy’s dream car, from Pagani .
We have no idea who this car is for, but the person has given the details of the car to TeamSpeed. As we first thought, the HH has bits of the Zonda F and the Cinque .
The Zonda HH has the typical carbon-titanium tub and carbon ceramic brakes. Under the hood is the Cinque’s V12 producing 680 horsepower mated to a manual gearbox and a titanium exhaust system. Whoever this person is, they are a true sports car lover.
The exterior will be painted in Monterey Blue with yellow accenting. The design is still being worked out, but the rich man hopes to have his car by the end of the year. The only thing the car won’t have that most Zondas do is a massive rear-mounted air intake. This car should be pretty special. Maybe he’ll let us have a go (just a subtle hint in case the owner happens to read this).
UPDATE 11/04/2010: We’ve just received more details on this spectacular one-off Zonda. First off, it was commissioned by an American by the name of David Heinemeier Hansson and his spectacular one-of-a-kind ride is ready for pickup.
Hit the jump to get more details on this amazing vehicle and check out the gallery to see pictures of the car-in-waiting.
Pagani has been making the headlines recently and for all good reasons. After setting the fastest lap at the Nurburgring race track with the Pagani Zonda R– okay, it’s not a road legal vehicle, but fast is fast, right? – Pagani just might have another one-off supercar in the works.
These teaser photos, which come courtesy of the folks from Teamspeed, look to be a special edition Zonda called the ‘HH’ and will, apparently, be owned by an American who is currently collaborating with Pagani to build his own personal dream car. Wow.
The supposed owner also gives a few details about the supercar, including the custom paint job that will come with it. From what we heard, the custom supercar will come in a Monterey Blue paint finish or something resembling it.
The Zonda HH will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine that produces over 680 horsepower that’s similar to the output of Pagani’s other super machine, the Zonda Cinque .
As for the materials found on this one-off machine, they include a carbon titanium tub, a ceramic-titanium exhaust, and a carbon-ceramic braking that will make the Zonda HH even lighter – somewhere in the neighborhood of 30% - than the standard Zonda.
We didn’t know that someone could design his own supercar with the help of Pagani . But hey, that’s what having tons of money will do for you…
"The Artisan" is defined by the dictionary as a craftsman: a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft. In this case the trade is creating the most beautiful, articulately crafted automobile the industry currently has to offer. And Pagani knows all about craftmanship. The Zonda F is created entirely by the hands of the best artisans Italy has to offer, using the most remarkable and high quality materials the Earth has given us.
Pagani has brilliantly used Antonio Vivaldi as the backdrop to the purely classical nature of the video, following the Zonda F from the hands of a passionate designer to revving its 7.3 liter Mercedes-Benz engine with 650hp down the narrow streets of Italy. The video will undoubtedly send chills down the back of any car lover. Enjoy.
The Pagani Zonda R ’s Nurburgring lap time record caught a lot of people off-guard not because the supercar was incapable of scorching lap times, but more because it did it with relative ease, surpassing – okay, it was more like obliterating – the previous record held by Ferrari’s crown jewel, the 599XX .
An Autoweek.nl reader caught the future Pagani C9 , the replacement for the current Zonda , on a German street. This time the future supercar revealed its Mercedes SLS AMG -inspired gullwing doors which will replace Zonda’s conventional doors. The C9 was being followed by a Mercedes full of test equipment. The official debut will be made in September at the Paris Motor Show with sales beginning in 2011. The supercar will be priced in the $1,250,000 area.
The next C9, described by Pagani CEO as "a completely new car from concept, weight distribution, materials and dynamics" will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with two turbochargers that will deliver around 700 hp and 1000 NM of torque. This will sprint the car from from 0 to 62mph in less than three seconds and on to a top speed of more than 220mph.
The supercar will come with 3770 new parts, a carbon-titanium chassis, specially developed Pirelli tires, and Bosch electronics.