Italy’s Stelvio Pass is known as one of the most dangerous, as well as the most amazing roads in the world. So when Top Gear wanted to do some testing shots with a truly unprecedented selection of performance cars currently on the market, Stelvio Pass was an obvious choice for the location.
In this group was the fastest production car ever, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport; Ferrari’s new FF; the McLaren MP4-12C; Porsche’s finest ever 911, the GT3 RS 4.0; Jaguar’s new XKR-S; Ariel’s mental Atom Mugen; BMW’s new accessible thrill machine, the 1-Series M Coupe; the Ford Mustang Boss Laguna Seca; and the Zonda F. That list already presented a mouthful and there were still more vehicles present.
All the cars in the show were estimated at £3,718,090 - or about $5,217,907 at the current exchange rates - and delivered a combined output of 6,071bhp. So, which one do you like best?
The Pagani Zonda has earned a reputation as one of the most exotic supercars on the planet, and with that designation, it has likewise given birth to some pretty amazing special edition models.
One Zonda model that has captured our attention in the past is the Zonda Cinque, a powerhouse of a supercar that comes with an AMG-sourced 7.3-iter V12 engine that produces north of 680 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds and a 0-124 mph time of just 9.6 seconds.
As it turns out, there’s plenty more about the Zonda Cinque than we previously thought. Here, ladies and gentlemen, is arguably one of the rarest motorcycles on the planet, a custom-built Pagani Zonda Cinque bike.
You read that right, the Zonda Cinque has a two-wheeled offspring. We don’t have details as to what kind of drivetrain this special edition bike has, but we do know that there are only five of these bad boys in existence, which adds to the exclusivity since there’s no word as to whether the other are still around.
Motorcycle fans are just about whetting their appetites now and we certainly can’t blame them. If e saw one of these babies out on the streets, we’d be reaching for some napkins too.
The release of Pagani’s new supercar - the Huayra - prompted an immediate memory loss of their previous beast, the Pagani Zonda F. However, the Zonda was not going to go down without a fight and SuperVettura Sales Ltd. in the UK is making sure of that with the new Zonda F Roadster Clubsport Final Edition - number 24 of the original 25 Zonda F Roadster models built back in 2006.
The Pagani Zonda F Clubsport Roadster "Final Edition" will be distinguished by a full visible carbon fiber body dressed in black, followed by grey hide for the interior. Some of the original features of the Zonda F were retained such as the folding roof with central carbon fiber spine and the lower canvas areas. The best tool kept from the original model is the 7.3 Liter naturally aspirated AMG engine mated to a manual transmission that together deliver a total of 650 hp.
If anyone is interested in purchasing this one of a kind vehicle, then they’d better break open more than just a few piggy banks. This beauty is currently selling for $2,300,000, which is well worth it considering its exclusivity.
Did anyone really think the Pagani Tricolore would be the last Zonda produced? We didn’t think so, but among the variety of one-off models available, the vehicle that has the honor of being called the first is the Pagani Uno. This ultra-exclusive Pagani was commissioned by Ana Al-Thani, a member of the Royal Family of Qatar, whose love for baby blue supercars borders on weird.
The Zonda Uno is powered by a 7.3-liter V12 AMG engine that produces 700 horsepower and was designed with some combined elements from the Zonda Cinque and the Zonda R, including the latter’s used of a revised carbon fiber that uses titanium for added strength.
Surprisingly - and not even a year after receiving the one-off - Ana Al-Thani has had enough fun and is now selling it on the open market. As the first one-off Pagani supercar to be released, the Zonda Uno’s price tag hasn’t dropped the least bit, even if it’s ‘technically’ a second-hand supercar. If you’re interested, you better be ready to shell out €1.7 million, or $2.3 million based on current exchange rates, excluding the expected tax charges that come with it. Yeah, you’re better off using your $2.3 million on something else, but if you’ve got an insatiable appetite for this one-off Zonda, now’s your chance to actually own it.
Hit the jump to check out some videos of this speedy one-off Pagani Zonda!
The Zonda is on its way out, but that doesn’t mean it will go quietly. So before the replacement for Pagani’s current supercar arrives, there is one more edition of this wild Italian and Pagani has revealed it in Vienna at the Luxury Motor Show.
The Zonda R is limited to only 15 units, each priced at €1.4 million euro (about $1.85 million at current rates). It will compete with models like the Ferrari FXX and Maserati MC12 Corse. Just like those Italian exotics, don’t bother trying to hang a license plate on this Zonda; this car is track only.
The Zonda R 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 (aluminium alloy), a new Pagani six-speed transversal sequential gearbox, and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.
UPDATE 12/10/2010:Marchettino has provided an eight-minute video devoted solely to one of our favorite cars in the world, the Pagani Zonda R.
There aren’t a lot of cars on this planet that we can watch for eight minutes straight, but the Zonda R is definitely one of them. In this video, the Zonda R is being driven by former Formula One driver Andrea Montermini, where he takes one of the fastest cars in the world for a number of driving demonstrations, including launches, full throttle standing starts, tire-screeching accelerations, full-limit revs, and even fly-bys.
Check it out after the jump!!
Hit the jump to read more about the Pagani Zonda R.
The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.
When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.
With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.
In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?
Check them out after the jump.
Sure, the Pagani Zonda went out of production a few months ago, but apparently, that hasn’t stopped the rich and mighty from ordering their own one-off version of the Italian supercar.
The newest one-off Zonda is going to be called the Absolute and is being built for a customer from Hong Kong. Maybe we should order one too – if we had the money that is.
Anyway, the newest Zonda follows a growing list of one-off supercars Pagani has made for a select group of customers. We’ve seen the 750, the HH, the Rak, and the Uno and now, we have the Absolute.
Details on the car are still limited, but from what we’ve heard and seen about it through photos, the Zonda Absolute looks to have been built using a bare carbon fiber body with a striped pattern similar to the Zonda R. You’ll also notice the Italian red, white, and green “Tricolore” running from the car’s hood all the way to the rear end. The Zonda Absolute will also come with a carbo-titanium chassis that can also be found in the Zonda Cinque.
As for the engine, nothing has been confirmed yet, although there’s word that it’s going to be powered by an AMG-sourced V12 engine with an output of somewhere north of 700 horsepower.
That’s about all we know of the newest one-off Zonda to be commissioned for a wealthy and lucky customer. Something tells us that this won’t be the last special edition Zonda to be made.
Do you have an extra $1.3 million in your pocket? Need a pricey Christmas present to impress a certain someone? Well, here’s one way to spend it; how about buying a Pagani Zonda F Roadster Clubsport? Limited to only 25 units, this special edition was priced at $750,000 at launch, but now you get to pay almost twice as much for a model with 3,107 miles on the odometer. That’s the price you pay for wanting to own an exclusive, sold out model. The guys who turn these vehicles over are either the biggest swindlers or the best businessmen, you can decide.
The Zonda F Clubsport is powered by a Mercedes AMG V12 engine with no less than 650 HP under the hood. Its performance speaks for itself with a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds, a 0-124mph time of 9.8 seconds, and a top speed of 214mph. It’s fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with yellow calipers, a lifting system, and Inconel and titanium exhaust system. Other features include a Nardi steering wheel in traditional wood, carbon fiber engine covers, and special dark color aluminum parts.
Want a piece of Pagani’s special edition history? Fork over $1.3 million in cold, hard cash to the folks at Auto Salon Singen GmbH and it can be yours.
A couple of weeks ago, we chanced upon some still photos of Electronic Art’s new trailer for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, featuring a scintillating car chase between a renegade Pagani Zonda Cinque and a law enforcement-issued Lamborghini Murcielago along the breathtaking roads of the Italian Alps.
Guess what, the live action video trailer has just been released, and true to the expectations we’ve set for the vid, the trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing. Two of the most powerful supercars on the planet twisting, turning, and drifting on the mountain-side roads of the Italian Alps is the stuff legends are made of. Heck, even a police helicopter joins in on the fun, making this police chase all the more amazing.
The whole trailer was shot to promote the Need for Speed franchise’s new video game, Hot Pursuit, and if this trailer is our only basis on whether to buy the game or not, then consider us scooping up a copy the soonest chance we get.
A couple of weeks ago, the Ascari race track in Marbella, Spain played host to Pagani and a number of the Italian marquee’s exclusive customers for a nice track-day that included the official presentation of the Pagani Zonda R to the invited guests.
If that and the fact that these guys could run around the track for the whole day wasn’t enough, a couple of special edition Zondas were also in attendance: two Zonda supercars that bear the names ‘Cinque’ and ‘HH’. The man behind the Zonda HH, American David Heinemeier Hansson was also in attendance at the event to personally receive his one-off supercar from Pagani and test it out on the track.
With all these mouth-watering Zondas in one location, it’s hard to find a better place on the planet than the Ascari race track when Pagani held its track day there about two weeks ago. We don’t have any Zondas in our near future so it’s unlikely that we’re going to get invited to any track meets any time soon so we’ll just have to settle for photos.
Following in the footsteps of the Uno, the HH, and the 750, Pagani has once again released a special edition version of the Zonda, proving that you can’t have too many of a multi-million dollar supercar.
This new model, called the Pagani Zonda RAK, is another one-off Zonda that has been exclusively built by the boys of Pagani for a specific clientele, in this case, the Auto Salon Singen in Germany. From the looks of things, the car simply looks like a Pagani Zonda Cinque dressed up in sexy yellow paint with the car’s interior taking the color of the exterior in the form of some yellow stitching on the leather racing seats. That being said, when you have a car that’s as limited as a Zonda, even the slightest color change warrants a completely different name altogether.
As for the specs, according to Autogespot, the Zonda Rak will come with a V12 powerhouse that produces an output of around 700 horsepower. As for the price tag, Auto Salon Singen is selling the one-off Zonda at a sticker price of €1.849 million – that’s about $2.5 million in US currency. Not surprisingly, a car of this stature doesn’t come cheap. And if you happen to be interested, there’s only one of this in the world so you better open up your bank account and hope that nobody’s scooped it up yet.
We’ll keep all of you posted regarding future details on the Zonda RAK as soon as they become available.
There are only a handful of supercars in this world that can illicit this kind of reaction from even the most hardened of auto scribes. Shrieks of excitement, pulse-pounding driving, and even a shout out to the founder of the car was what happened to Fifth Gear host Tiff Needell after driving around a race track with the venerable Pagani Zonda R.
As the last and most powerful Zonda to come out of Pagani – if you didn’t know, the Zonda is on its last legs after a decade of thrills and spills with a new model set to be introduced soon – the Zonda R is no stranger to unadulterated power and mind-bending speed. Needell was even given a last hurrah with the 6.0-liter V12 750 horsepower supercar and, boy oh boy, did he make the most out of it.
And yes, Mr. Needell; you’re not the only one who wants a Zonda R. We want one so badly too.