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2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera

2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera
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    760
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    7.3 L
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    2.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    217 mph
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Another Pagani Zonda F is reborn into a spectacular one-off creation

They say that fine art speaks incredible stories while sitting still as people look at them. In a lot of ways, the Pagani Zonda is the farthest thing from fine art, particularly that it doesn’t do well in an idle state. Then again, the Zonda is also, in other ways, the epitome of fine art. It’s limited nature and exotic qualities make it precious in a lot of eyes. And as far as the stories it tells, well, let’s just say they make for good conversations. Take this particular Zonda for example. It’s now called the Zonda Riviera, but it didn’t always carry the name. Once upon a time, it was a Zonda F, and in the decade that’s been alive, it’s been through quite a lot for a car of its stature.

It does seem a little odd that we’re seeing another Zonda get reimagined as a new model only a week after seeing another of its kind, the Zonda Fantasma Evo, go through the same treatment. These events do speak of the age of the model and the fact that it’s been 12 years since Pagani rolled out the Zonda F means that we’re likely to see more of them in the near future. For now, though, the Zonda Riviera takes center stage, as the Zonda Fantasma Evo did last week. it doesn’t quite have an eventful story as Fantasma Evo - that one literally came back from a crash - but it does have a tale or two in its pocket, as most Pagani Zonda Fs that have aged rather nicely will tell us.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving: A New One-Off Pagani Zonda Is On The Horizon

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: A New One-Off Pagani Zonda Is On The Horizon

Could this be the first one-off Pagani Zonda that has aftermarket contributions?

Just when you thought it was safe to assume that the Pagani Zonda will now get to rest in peace, those assumptions are once again getting thrown out of whack because a new one-off Zonda is about to be unveiled. At this point, thinking of the Zonda as a departed model has turned into a futile exercise. It’ll always be around for as long as there’s someone out there willing to pay for an opportunity to get one. That seems to be the case with this new one-off Zonda, which comes to us by way of Pagani and Russian tuner TopCar.

Judging by the visible presence of TopCar’s shark logo in the photos, this particular one-off Zonda appears to be some sort of collaboration between the Italian automaker and the Russian tuning company that’s known in the new world for some racy exotic tunes in the past. The full details on the nature of the build have yet to be revealed, but the project itself has been billed as an “original car,” suggesting, it seems, that this particular Zonda is a new model and not a reconfiguration of an existing model like the three other one-off Zondas that have already made their debuts this year. Regardless of its roots, this new one-off Zonda will live up to the legacy of its one-off predecessors as a bonafide head-turner. It already looks the part of a legitimate one-off, and at this point, the only thing it needs now is a fancy nickname.

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2017 Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta

2017 Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta

Pagani’s expertise in one-off Zondas reaches a crescendo with the HP Barchetta

As a company that has become no stranger to dazzling one-off creations, Pagani is back at it again with, well, another one-off Zonda masterpiece. This time, though, the Italian automaker didn’t build one for a deep-pocketed customer with far too much wealth for his own good. This ultra-exclusive Zonda, called the Zonda HP Barchetta, is for the man who launched Pagani in the first place, Horacio Pagani.

It’s been a long road for the Pagani Zonda to get to this point. It was launched all the way back in 1999 and while it was eventually replaced in 2011 by the Huayra, it’s remarkable run has continued in the form of one one-off model after another, including recent introductions like the Fantasma Evo and the Riviera. The HP Barchetta follows in this tradition and while it is technically a “three-off” – three models will be built – its place secure as one of the most unique Zondas in Pagani’s history. There’s a lot to the Zonda HP Barchetta that justifies its status as a different beast compared to its contemporaries, even by the completely exclusive standards that Pagani’s Uno-di-Uno division upholds. It adopts many of the unique styling features that previous exclusive Zondas had and adds to it with design elements that we’ve never seen from Pagani, be it on the Zonda or the Huayra. It’s fitting then that the HP Barchetta gets these “new” upgrades since these three models are likely to be the last Zondas to be created. I know that Pagani has towed that line numerous times in the past, but if it decided to finally send the Zonda to the shed, the Zonda HP Barchetta is a pretty good final send-off.

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2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera

2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera

Another Pagani Zonda F is reborn into a spectacular one-off creation

They say that fine art speaks incredible stories while sitting still as people look at them. In a lot of ways, the Pagani Zonda is the farthest thing from fine art, particularly that it doesn’t do well in an idle state. Then again, the Zonda is also, in other ways, the epitome of fine art. It’s limited nature and exotic qualities make it precious in a lot of eyes. And as far as the stories it tells, well, let’s just say they make for good conversations. Take this particular Zonda for example. It’s now called the Zonda Riviera, but it didn’t always carry the name. Once upon a time, it was a Zonda F, and in the decade that’s been alive, it’s been through quite a lot for a car of its stature.

It does seem a little odd that we’re seeing another Zonda get reimagined as a new model only a week after seeing another of its kind, the Zonda Fantasma Evo, go through the same treatment. These events do speak of the age of the model and the fact that it’s been 12 years since Pagani rolled out the Zonda F means that we’re likely to see more of them in the near future. For now, though, the Zonda Riviera takes center stage, as the Zonda Fantasma Evo did last week. it doesn’t quite have an eventful story as Fantasma Evo - that one literally came back from a crash - but it does have a tale or two in its pocket, as most Pagani Zonda Fs that have aged rather nicely will tell us.

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Pops' Rants: The New Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Already 10 Years Old

Pops’ Rants: The New Rolls-Royce Phantom Is Already 10 Years Old

Everyone seems to be lazy this week

And how are you folks doing this week? I gotta tell you, last week was rough with all that Mercedes X-Class jazz. And awkward and funny at the same time with reports that Jeep is doing better than FCA. And just when I thought that I would take a break from writing this week, Rolls-Royce launched the new Phantom. The NEW Phantom. With new everything. Except for the design. Have you seen it? Well, if not, have a look at the old Phantom because they’re basically identical. Remember how a while back I said that some at Rolls-Royce must be smoking pot at the office? The new Phantom is proof of that.

Seriously now, I wish this was some sort of prank, but April 1st is... ermmm... seven months way? What’s Rolls-Royce thinking? And what with the Pagani Zonda Fanstasma Evo that just broke cover? Wasn’t the Zonda discontinued years ago? And, why would Jaguar waste a more powerful V-8 engine on an XJR that doesn’t have an "SVR" badge? Yup, that’s what’s bugging me today, and it’s exactly what we’ll discuss below. So grab a cup of something and read on.

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2017 Pagani Zonda Fantasma Evo

2017 Pagani Zonda Fantasma Evo

Twelve years of history and it still looks like a dream in 2017

If cars could tell stories and write books about their lives and what they’ve been through, this particular Pagani Zonda would have a New York Times best-seller on its hands. See, it may look like a brand-new Zonda that Pagani has kept under lock and key in Italy, but it’s actually far from new. Strip away the new body and what you get is a 12-year old car that originated as a Zonda F. True story.

Now it’s christened as the Pagani Zonda Fantasma Evo and it looks resplendent in dark red carbon fiber. Even in its new guise, this car’s history is as rich as any Pagani model in history. It’s been through a crash that left it short of the scrap heap. It’s been sent back to Pagani for nips and tucks more times than even the owner can count. It’s changed names a handful of times, too, first as the Zonda F before being renamed the Zonda SH to account for the owner’s initials. From there, it became the Zonda Fantasma because it apparently has a nicer ring to it. And after the latest series of modifications, it’s added the “Evo” moniker, this officially making it the Zonda Fantasma Evo. Through it all though, one thing about the car that hasn’t changed: the AMG-sourced V-8. Twelve years after hitting the market, the Zonda Fantasma Evo still makes use of a naturally aspirated, 7.3-liter engine, though it now makes 100 more horsepower than its 660 factory tune. In a nutshell, the Zonda Fantasma Evo has become the living embodiment of the saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque

2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque

Back in the late 2000s, Pagani’s official dealer in Hong Kong requested that Pagani build “the most extreme road-legal Zonda ever created.” Pagani was up to the challenge and, in 2009, Pagani issued a direct response to the request with the Pagani Zonda Cinque. The Cinque was produced in just five examples (with an additional five examples built in roadster form) and was built with the track performance standards of the Zonda R combined with the road-legal standards of the Zonda F.

The end result was a car that was more powerful than the Zonda F with the looks of something that should be chained up inside of a luxurious stable at the track. Furthermore, The Zonda Cinque was actually the first road-legal car that was supported by a carbon-titanium frame and the first Zonda to have a six-speed sequential transmission. Powered by a detuned version of the Mercedes-sourced 7.3-liter V-12, the Zonda Cinque was obviously a very special machine.

As of the time of this writing, seven years has passed since the Zonda Cinque made its official debut (and made five wealthy people very happy,) so let’s take a look back on one of the coolest Zonda’s ever made. After all, one could say it is a genuine work of art.

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Unique Pagani Zonda Zozo Crashes in Tokyo

Unique Pagani Zonda Zozo Crashes in Tokyo

The bespoke supercar needs an expensive rhinoplasty

Supercars are fast, good looking (well, most of them at least), cool, and can be seen as a solid investment, but all come with a major downside, no matter the badge. With all that oomph available at a simple push of the gas pedal, they tend to go wild and push you off the road, especially if you’re not paying close attention or lack the necessary skills to handle it. When that happens, not only do they require expensive repairs (given they can be salvaged, that is!), but the occupants need a bit of luck to survive. Fortunately, the Zonda you see in the photo didn’t claim the life of its driver, but the owner will have to make a serious investment to get it back on the road again.

The car in question is the Pagani Zonda Zozo, a supecar commissioned by Yusaku Maezawa, the owner of the Japanese online retailer Zozotown. According to GT Spirit, the purple Zonda was smashed on December 3 somewhere in Tokyo, losing its front hood in the process. Information as to what happened specifically is scant, but things don’t look that bad and it appears that the car’s cockpit is intact. This means the occupant(s) escaped unscathed, which is the best news we can have following a car accident. The Zonda, on the other hand, will require an expensive visit to Horacio Pagani’s shop.

Although the damage isn’t very extensive, it’s heartbreaking to see any Zonda like that, especially with most models being unique. The Zozo is one of them, being designed with partially covered rear wheels, an extra set of red taillights, and a bespoke purple paint that makes it stand out just about anywhere. Fixing the car shouldn’t be an issue for Pagani, which has rebuilt previous unique models in the past (the Zonda Fantasma and Absolute come to mind), and I guess it’s safe to assume that Maewaza can afford to spend some serious cash to get it running again.

Speaking of expenses, it appears that the Zonda collided with the Maybach 62S seen in the same image. Now that’s a multi-million-dollar car crash right there.

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2016 Pagani Zonda by Mileson

2016 Pagani Zonda by Mileson

Another one-off Zonda to add to the list of car’s you can’t have.

Pagani is one of those companies that sits up there with the likes of Koenigsegg. It has a very limited customer base and offers a completely different flare compared to brands like Lamborghini and Ferrari. Pagani has a small but wealthy customer base that loves to request one-off cars like the Revolucion Special Edition, Zonda Manual 760 Roadster, and the ZoZo, to name a few. Now, it looks like Zonda and one of its wealthy customers have done it again, and this time, we’re talking about another one-off Zonda created for famed supercar collector Mileson Guo. Hence the name Zonda 760 by Mileson.

For now, there are very few details available about the actual car, but we were able to locate some pictures of the car and, needless to say, it is as beautiful as they come. Of course, it is a one-off, so it’s the only one like this you’ll ever see, but it does feature a beautiful blue hue across most of the body with black accents. And there’s something about that wing that we need to talk about as well. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a look at this very special one off.

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2016 Pagani Zonda MD

2016 Pagani Zonda MD

The last Zonda to leave Pagani’s shop?

The Zonda debuted at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show as Pagani’s first production model. Under development since the late 1980s, the Zonda’s design was inspired by jet fighters and the Sauber-Mercedes Group C race cars. The car was first tested at the Dallara wind tunnel in 1993, and in 1994, Mercedes-Benz agreed to supply Pagani with V-12 engines. Pagani launched many developments of the Zonda throughout the years, offering updated aerodynamics and engines. While the prototype’s 6.0-liter V-12 generated 389 horsepower, the final 760-series models came with a larger 7.3-liter V-12 that cranked out 760 horsepower. Releases included track-ready and track-only versions, as well as an array of one-off variants built to unique specs.

Although the nameplate was officially retired in 2011, when the Huayra was introduced as a replacement, new Zondas, mostly unique cars with expensive options, kept rolling out from Pagani’s shop. The latest to see the light of day is the Zonda MD, which was completed and delivered to its lucky owner in June 2016.

Whether this is the last Zonda to leave Horacio’s shop or not is a mystery only time will solve, but given Pagani’s tradition as a bespoke car manufacturer, I wouldn’t be surprised to see new models hitting the streets later this year. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at Horacio’s latest Zonda project, the MD. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, those two letters are the initials of the owner.

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Pagani Zonda Revolucion Goes Wild At Fuji Speedway: Video

Pagani Zonda Revolucion Goes Wild At Fuji Speedway: Video

This is what happens when you unleash the most powerful Zonda on a race track

What do you do if you have a Pagani Zonda Revolucion and you have a racetrack like the Fuji Speedway in Japan all to yourself? Chances are, you’re going to do what Bingo Sports did. Taking full advantage of the opportunity to run unimpeded in one of the world’s most formidable tracks, Japan’s most prominent supercar dealership took to the Fuji Speedway to showcase all of its latest exotic masterpieces. One of these cars was the Zonda Revolucion, considered to be the fastest and most powerful iteration of Pagani’s iconic Zonda nameplate.

The following video is what I look to call “showpiece evidence” of the Zonda Revolucion’s incredible track abilities. Running virtually alone around the track, you can see and hear just how crackling this monster of a Zonda is. That 6.0-liter V-12 engine that’s been tuned to produce 800 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque roars to life in just about every kerb and chicane on the track. Dial up the volume and the sound becomes incredibly intoxicating. So, take a few minutes and check out this video of the Zonda Revolucion running roughshod over the Fuji Speedway. At one point, there’s even a shot of the car disappearing in the distance while the majestic Mt. Fuji sits ever-so still in the background. As far as picturesque landscapes go, it doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

As a brief refresher on the awesomeness that is the Zonda Revolucion, Pagani introduced the model at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show as a souped-up version of the already souped-up Zonda R. In fact, the model that Pagani showcased in Geneva almost two years ago is the exact same model that Bingo Sports has. Yep, the naked carbon-bodied Zonda Revolucion that’s in the video is the same one that caused a lot of jaws to drop in Geneva back in 2014. It’s unclear if Bingo Sports is selling this particular Zonda Revolucion, but with only five units in existence, I certainly can’t blame the Japanese supercar dealer for resisting the urge to sell this ultra-exclusive supercar.

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Pagani Zonda 760LM Roadster Flexes Its Muscles On The Track: Video

Pagani Zonda 760LM Roadster Flexes Its Muscles On The Track: Video

The Pagani Zonda may no longer be in production, but to this day, it’s still regarded as one of the fiercest modern-day exotics in the world. Throughout its life, the Zonda received numerous special edition iterations, including the 760LM Roadster, a bare, carbon-fiber bodied, one-off exclusive that Pagani built to pay homage to Le Mans. Yes, that’s what the LM in “760LM” stands for.

In any event, the owner of this incredibly rare Zonda recently took the supercar out on the track to show its mettle. Since it runs on a 7.3-liter V-12 engine, expectations are that the Zonda 760LM Roadster is bonafide track monster. As the video clearly captures, it’s certainly that…and a whole lot more.

In between the blistering lap runs and the incredible cackling of that massive V-12, the Zonda 760LM Roadster is shown in full bloom. A lime green Lamborghini Gallardo even accompanied the car on the track and it might as well have been invincible. That’s the kind of presence the one-off Zonda commanded in its run on the track. Heck, even a sudden downpour couldn’t stop the car, or at least its driver, from running roughshod over the track. That’s dedication to the highest extent possible. The video is close to four minutes long, but it’s still worth watching in its entirety.

As a refresher, the Zonda 760LM Roadster has an output of 760 horsepower, enough to justify its one-off billing.

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Pagani Restores Zonda "La Nonna" With One Million Kilometers On The Odometer

Pagani Restores Zonda "La Nonna" With One Million Kilometers On The Odometer

Pagani’s Zonda Prototype 2 is known by Pagani as "La Nonna," which means "grandmother" in English. It is a fitting name too, when you consider "La Nonna" has been used in the development of all Zonda models (except the R’s) up until Pagani built the 760. When developing new vehicles, "La Nonna" would play grandmother, by taking on new components for testing before they went into production. This included things like drivetrain, interior components and technology.

Once "La Nonna" had been fitted with Pagani’s latest and greatest, it would hit the road for some serious testing of these new components. Over its lifespan, it has been driven more than one million kilometers (more than 620,000 miles.) If grandmother approved of the new components, they were then used to build production models. The car itself has seen more changes than most long-running, mass-produced production vehicles on the road today, but that isn’t the end of its story – Grandmothers should be honored for their wisdom and experience, and that is the exact treatment "La Nonna" has finally received.

The one-million kilometer prototype has been fully restored and placed for viewing inside Pagani’s old factory showroom. As part of the restoration, the car was returned to its original paint scheme, which included a silver exterior and red interior with black accents. There have been some aesthetic upgrades, but nothing major that would take away from honoring this beauty. Once Pagani’s new factory museum is finished, "La Nonna" will be placed on display there where she can be honored for her great service over the years.

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Pagani Zonda Revolucion Rumored To Have Lapped the Nurburgring In 6:30

Pagani Zonda Revolucion Rumored To Have Lapped the Nurburgring In 6:30

In 2010, Pagani took the Nurburgring track by stom with the then-new Zonda R, lapping the Nordschleife in 6:47.50 minutes. The benchmark made the Italian supercar the fastest non-road-legal vehicle to lay rubber at "Green Hell." It’s been more than five years since then and the record still stands, but word has it the Zonda R is no longer the fastest car around the German track. According to various reports, the record now belongs to the Pagani Zonda Revolucion.

The big news comes from avid car collector Kris Singh, who released an image on Instagram that shows the Revolucion wearing a decal that mentions the 6:30 lap time on a map of the Nurburgring track. If this proves to be true, the Zonda Revolucion just set an amazing lap time, beating its previous record by no fewer than 17 seconds.

The rumor comes only hours after the FIA announced it has green-lighted new safety measures at the Nordschleife, so that the German track could lift the speed limits enforced earlier this year following a fatal accident that occurred during a VLN Endurance Championship race. The speed limits, however, won’t be eliminated until 2016. With the limits still in place, it would have been virtually impossible for Pagani to set a new lap record.

So is this rumor fake or did the Italians manage to find a loop to tackle the ’Ring at full speed?

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2015 Pagani Zonda ZoZo

2015 Pagani Zonda ZoZo

Even though the Zonda has been officially out of production since 2011, and replaced by the Huayra, Pagani seems to have a hard time saying no to all the special edition Zondas that have been commissioned in the years since. Presented at the end of 2014, the Zonda 760 RSJX was considered to be the last Zonda, built after the car was supposed to go out of production.

That said, yet another Zonda has appeared on the horizon in 2015. Called ZoZo, the latest Zonda was built for Japan’s youngest billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, who is the founder of an online fashion mall called ZoZoTown, hence the supercar’s moniker. Featuring an evolutionary design that blends old-school Pagani features with a couple of motifs inspired by early sketches for the Zonda R, the new Zonda 760 ZoZo is quite similar to Lewis Hamilton’s 760 LH in specifications.

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Lewis Hamilton Brings His Pagani Zonda 760LH To Monaco

Lewis Hamilton Brings His Pagani Zonda 760LH To Monaco

Ahh yes, the life of a young Formula 1 champion. After failing to clinch the season title by a single point in 2007, Hamilton came back in 2008 to become the youngest Formula 1 champion in history at the time. Last year, he doubled up on his titles with another championship win.

Clearly, the man has absolutely amazing talent behind the wheel. But after flinging yourself around a track at triple-digit speeds, slogging through endless waves of press people, and working side-by-side with engineers to fine-tune the insane complexities of a modern F1 car, how do you blow off some steam?

Why, you climb into the cockpit of your custom purple Pagani and burn rubber around Monaco, of course. The British-born race driver moved to the principality back in 2012, and can be seen on his Facebook page enjoying the picturesque scenery next to his one-off hypercar in what I can only imagine are some of the few opportunities for him to not be in a racing suit.

It’s a combination that makes sense – highly paid international racing superstar, outrageously expensive speed machinery, and one of the most glamorous destinations in the world. It kinda begs the question of why folks like you and I should even bother to have a Facebook account.

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Shmee Has A Look At A Manual Pagani Zonda 760 Roadster: Video

Shmee Has A Look At A Manual Pagani Zonda 760 Roadster: Video

We’ve all heard it before — the manual gearbox is going the way of the dodo. Automatic transmission technology is so good nowadays, many of the best performance carmakers in the world are ditching the clutch pedal for paddles.

However, that’s not a problem for the wealthy. Case in point – this one-off Pagani. Its owner spilled enough cash to provoke the Italian automaker into creating a row-your-own version of its inimitable Zonda 760. Not only that, it’s a roadster.

Giving us an intimate look at this unique hypercar is none other than Shmee150, who caught the vehicle on his HD camcorder at Topaz Detailing in London as it underwent a protective film treatment in preparation for delivery.

This thing is beyond gorgeous. The carbon-fiber bodywork is in a mesmerizing deep blue finish, the enormous snorkel that feeds the mid-mounted engine sits just above the seats, and every detail of the aero is correct and accounted for, from the front canards to the broad rear wing.

If you had the money, what car would you bless with a manual transmission? Given an unlimited budget, I’d have to choose the McLaren P1. Something about dropping the clutch on 900 horsepower just sounds so right. I’d also chop the top. I don’t care if it screws up the downforce and drag figures – if you’re going to mess with the best, you might as well go whole hog.

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Shmee Explains How to Remove the Roof of a Pagani Zonda 760 Roadster: Video

Shmee Explains How to Remove the Roof of a Pagani Zonda 760 Roadster: Video

Of the many problems there are to worry about in life, not knowing how to remove the hardtop from a Pagani Zonda 760 Roadster would be a nice one to have. But if you ever do have the pleasure of crossing paths with one of these ultra-rare hypercars, Schmee150 has just released a video showing exactly what it takes to open up the Zonda’s closed cockpit to the elements.

This particular Zonda is reportedly a one-off creation, and it was visiting the London detailing shop to have protective film applied to its blue carbon-fiber body panels. Although the roof panel is super lightweight, made of just carbon fiber and only slightly more fabric than your typical loincloth, it still requires two people for its removal in order to not damage the engine’s snorkel intake, which sits just about the roofline.

After covering up the air intake and opening up the rear clamshell engine cover – an amazing process in itself – then it’s time to get to work taking the top off. There are a total of 12 snaps that hold the rear cloth portion of the roof in the place, while a center latch and two rotating clasps on each B-pillar keep the carbon fiber secured.

This roof-removal demonstration took about 90 seconds from start to finish, which means that it would likely take less time to get this car up to its top speed of well over 200 mph (several times over) than it would to get this Pagani to go topless.

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2014 Pagani Zonda 760 RSJX

2014 Pagani Zonda 760 RSJX

When Horacio Pagani, the man responsible for the late Lamborghini Countach, the LM002 and the Diablo, began designing his own car in the late 1980s, supercar enthusiasts had no idea what to expect from the Modena-based company. The result surfaced only a decade later, when the Zonda was launched at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. And it was staggering, combining a highly aerodynamic body with a lightweight chassis and a massive V-12 engine sourced from AMG. The Zonda evolved in many forms throughout the years, with several versions and special editions adding to its now iconic image. Although production of the Zonda ended in 2013 as the Huayra came in to replace it, special editions of the supercar are still being launched in 2014, as customers the world over are still ordering unique and very expensive supercars. The most recent Zonda to leave Pagani’s shop is the 760 RSJX, a 760-series model that traveled all the way to Hong Kong to meet its new owner.

While some might argue that the Zonda is getting pretty old, the Italian supercar is still popular with enthusiasts, and the RSJX comes to prove just that. Finished in a unique pastel green color with familiar carbon-fiber accents, the RSJX is arguably the most appealing Zonda of the 760 series. Read on to find out what makes it special among its siblings.

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2014 Pagani Zonda 760

2014 Pagani Zonda 760

The Pagani Zonda may be 14 years old, but it seems the company’s first supercar is simply refusing to retire. The main reason behind its prolonged life is that customer order keep pouring in. This is how the bespoke 760 series was born, which, as of September 2014, included just two unique models: the 760 LM and the 760 X. Four months after the Le Mans-like LM was delivered to its owner, Pagani created yet another model, this time refer to as the 760, with no initials whatsoever. According to Prototype Zero, the third Zonda of the 760 series was delivered in Dubai to an unknown but wealthy collector.

Like most recent Zondas, this specific 760 is unique, showcasing a combination of exterior and interior features not seen on any other supercar of its kind. Is this the final Zonda to come out of Italy? Well, we thought about that with each 760 series model and the Italians returned with a new iteration every time. This 760 could very well mark the end of an era for Pagani, but it looks like we’ll just have to wait a while longer to find that out. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at Pagani’s latest creation below.

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Video: Pagani Zonda 760 LM Lapping Nurburgring

Video: Pagani Zonda 760 LM Lapping Nurburgring

The Pagani Zonda 760 LM first caught our eye in May 2014 after leaked photos of the mysterious one-off Pagani made their way into the Interwebs. Since then, we’ve seen bits and pieces of it but not enough to fully appreciate its status as arguably the best of all Zonda one-offs Pagani has ever created. But recently, someone shot a video of the Zonda 760 LM unleashing its fury around the Nurburgring.

The Zonda was joined by fellow exotic luminaries like the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Lamborghini Gallardo. It takes a special kind of supercar to put those two, especially the 918 Spyder, in the background, but the Zonda 760 LM did just that to us. Just watching it pounce around the ‘Ring while listening to that massive engine roar is about as close to one of the best 60-second breaks I’ve had in quite a while.

The Zonda is powered by an AMG, 7.3-liter, V-12 engine that develops close to 800 horsepower and 540 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds to go with a breathtaking top speed of 217 mph.

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Video: Pagani Zonda Tricolore Sounds Amazing

Video: Pagani Zonda Tricolore Sounds Amazing

This 14-year-old Pagani Zonda may be officially discontinued, but it’s a supercar that’s still worth seeing and hearing. At least for those of us who can’t drive one. And it’s true Pagani, much like Bugatti did with the Veyron, built way too many special-edition models to keep track of. But there’s at least one Pagani iteration that stands out from the crowd. We’re talking about the Zonda Tricolore, a three-unit run built to honor the Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s aerobatic demonstration team.

The Tricolore was sold in a bare carbon skin with a blue lacquer covering most of its body with red, white, and green stripes adorning its nose. A unique set of LED daytime running lights and an exclusive wing mounted behind the cockpit further set it apart from other Zondas. The Tricolore is also fitted with an AMG-sourced, 7.3-liter V-12, the largest engine ever to find its way into the Zonda. The mill is good for 670 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of twist that enables it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a neck-breaking 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 220 mph.

Granted, the Tricolore is not only a fast machine, but a noisy one too. If you didn’t already know that, we have the right video for you. It comes from Italian supercar spotter Marchettino and features nearly three minutes of Zonda Tricolore goodness. Hit the play button and pump up the volume.

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Video: Pagani Zonda 760 LM Reveals Itself

Video: Pagani Zonda 760 LM Reveals Itself

The Pagani Zonda 760 LM, one of the last iterations of the venerable supercar and a model that’s been keeping us on our toes the past month, is finally out in the open. The Italian automaker quietly took the veil off the 760 LM during a special event, probably right before the unique vehicle was shipped to its owner.

Although the 760 LM is proof that the Pagani Zonda is still alive and kicking 15 years since production began, the carbon-bodied rocket is likely one of the last special-edition supercars to carry the iconic name. The 760 LM arrived only a few weeks after the 760 X, yet another one-off Zonda crafted for a very special, deep-pocketed collector.

There’s no word as to who will take delivery of this gorgeous supercar, but word has it the owner is an avid Zonda collector that already has a Cinque Roadster and Zonda R parked in his garage. Now that’s what we call enthusiasm!

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2015 Pagani Zonda 760 X

2015 Pagani Zonda 760 X

Even though production of the mighty Pagani Zonda was supposed to come to a halt once the last example of the Zonda Revolucion left the company’s workshop in Modena, the Italian automaker is not yet keen on letting its supercar become a thing of the past.

Last time we checked, Horacio and his crew were working on the Zonda LM, a vehicle based on the 760 RS and paying tribute to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Up until now, the consensus was that the LM is the final Zonda to come out of Modena. Well, guess what? Pagani is rolling out yet another supercar that goes by the name 760 X and, like most of its bespoke cousins, it’s a one-off rocket.

Unlike the Zonda LM, which displays a carbon-fiber suit, the 760 X comes in an eye-catching Baby Blue-like wrap, with only a few body pieces, such as the enormous rear wing or the long air scoop covering the cabin, showing their bare carbon skin. For an extra touch of exclusivity, the taillights have their surrounds finished in the green, white and red colors of the Italian flag, a trick borrowed from the Zonda Uno.

Moving into the cabin, we find the same shade of blue covering the leather-wrapped seats and some of the dashboard. Like with most Zondas, the cockpit is crammed with carbon-fiber parts and aluminum inserts. Can you believe the Zonda is actually 15 years old? There’s no specific word on how many ponies are motivating the 760 X, but the vehicle’s designation is a strong hint that the AMG-sourced V-12 mill cranks out 760 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pagani Zonda 760 X.

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2015 Pagani Zonda 760 LM

2015 Pagani Zonda 760 LM

Introduced in 1999, the Pagani Zonda was supposed to retire this year once the fifth and final example of the Zonda Revolucion rolled out of Horacio’s workshop in Modena, Italy. However, a mysterious vehicle that surfaced online recently suggests the company has built one more supercar before closing the Zonda chapter once and for all.

Although Pagani has yet to reveal any details about this peculiar model, the folks over at Prototype Zero claim it’s a unique vehicle that has been christened LM. The bespoke supercar is reportedly based on the 760 RS model and pays tribute to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Unlike other special edition Zondas, the LM is supposed to wear a revised front fascia with brand-new headlamps.

The video below doesn’t shed too much light on that aspect, mainly because the vehicle’s front end is covered in duct tape, but it does reveal other features that make us believe we’re not looking at a "regular" Zonda. For instance, it carries a huge wing that’s different than the one seen on the Zonda Revolucion. What’s more, it sports "LM" graphics on the rear fenders and tricolore stripes depicting the Italian flag on one side and the German flag on the other.

The rest of the body appears to be built on standard 760 RS specifications, including wider fenders, a roof-mounted airscoop and rear fender intakes. Power should come from the same AMG-sourced, 6.0-liter V-12 mill, but we wouldn’t be surprised if output figures would blow past the 800-horsepower mark.

All told, this is an intriguing Zonda we’re very anxious to learn more about, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

Update 6/20/2014: A video of the 760 LM’s reveal made it to the Internet, but was swiftly deleted. We managed to grab the video before the uploader deleted it, and you can see it after the jump.

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2014 Pagani Zonda Revolucion #5

2014 Pagani Zonda Revolucion #5

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.

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Video: Horacio Pagani Outlines the History of the Pagani Brand

Video: Horacio Pagani Outlines the History of the Pagani Brand

Now this is a rare treat folks; a 11-minute monologue by Horacio Pagani himself about the history of the brand he’s created. It, of course, all begins with Pagani’s youth when he would help his father with his cars, then moved into him building a dune buggy, then onto developing his own open-wheel competition car.

From there, the rest was history, as he took on the lowest-level job in Lamborghini’s body shop, and became part of a team that the automaker challenged to build a composite chassis. From this came the Countach Evoluzione, which was simply a test car that was later purposely crashed to test the safety of this new composite frame.

This amazing story just keeps on going, and gets more interesting every minute. It is so amazing how well Mr. Pagani can outline his life with such accuracy and detail, and keep my attention despite having to read the English translation below. Honestly, though, car is a universal language, so half the time I grasped the concept just from his emotion and the video.

Simply an amazing video featuring one of the true rags-to-riches stories of the supercar world.

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Video: Take a Ride in the Pagani Zonda S With Horacio Pagani

Video: Take a Ride in the Pagani Zonda S With Horacio Pagani

How does a ride in the Pagani Zonda S with Horacio Pagani himself? Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Well, when Horacio Pagani offers you a ride in his personal Zonda S, the only answer that should cross your lips is "hell, yeah!" The lucky guy is an editor from XCar, who not only had Mr. Pagani as his personal taxi driver, but was also allowed to test this special Zonda S himself.

The car you see driven here is the sixth Zonda ever produced. This model was the first all-carbon-fiber car, which help reduce the Zonda’s curb weight drastically and improved the handling of this already-awesome supercar.

The Zonda S 7.3 uses a 7.3-liter, AMG-sourced, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 547 horsepower 550 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 3.7 seconds, while top speed is 208 mph.

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Video: $3 Million Pagani Zonda Revolucion in Blue Carbon

Video: $3 Million Pagani Zonda Revolucion in Blue Carbon

If you think Ferraris are exclusive, think again because just down the road is a small company run by a man called Horacio Pagani. The Pagani Zonda was his first creation and nowadays, technicians in his factory hand-build the Pagani Huayra.

With the limted-run production of the Zonda having ended, Horacio took up the new Huayra project last year, but unsurprisingly there are some wealthy enthusiasts of the old Zonda. These enthusiasts prefer the naturally aspirated AMG-sourced 7.3-liter V-12 over the twin-turbocharged engine of the Huayra.

Over the years, the Zonda has evolved into its ultimate expression, the Zonda R. Built for fun, the Zonda R was just an exercise to see how fast the supercar can actually be. The car was not road legal, so it was never offered for sale. Pagani did, however, make road-going special editions of the Zonda R.

Recently, Pagani came out with the Zonda Revolucion and it said that this will be the last of the special editions. As it happens, it isn’t the last Zonda, as unique Zonda Revolucion was spotted at the factory by Marchettino. What’s so unique about it? Well, the carbon-fiber body on this car has a blue tinge to it, but you can still see the weave in the carbon fiber under the glossy lacquer coating.

In the above video, you can see that the car is still being assembled at the factory. As is the case with most hypercars, it is still a mystery as to who owns this beauty, but whoever it is, he or she is one of the luckiest souls on the face of this planet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Zonda Revolucion

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Video: Pagani Huayra and Zonda S Hit the Track

Video: Pagani Huayra and Zonda S Hit the Track

Youtube user Shmee150 managed to catch another great video, this time if a Pagani Huayra along with a Zonda S on the race track.

The two cars were caught at the Goodwood Motor Circuit for a filming session and along with the short racing session, the video also shows them revving their V-12 powerplants, plus a number of flybys down the main straight.

As a reminder, the Huayra is powered by a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine that delivers a total of 700 horsepower and 730 pound-feet. This output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of 220 mph. On the other hand, Zonda S is a little bit less powerful with an output of just 540 horsepower. Even so, it still sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Check out the video to see which of the two models sounds the best!

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Video: Bow Down To The Pagani Zonda "Nonno"

Video: Bow Down To The Pagani Zonda "Nonno"

These days, Italian automaker Pagani has become a household name in supercar lore. It’s one of the most recognizable supercar brands in the world, thanks in large part to the success generated by the now-iconic Zonda.

But that wasn’t always the case, especially during the turn of the century when the Zonda was just getting started in turning heads.

Fast forward to this year and it looks like Pagani is going to finally send the Zonda off into retirement. So, it’s only appropriate that we pay homage to the supercar that started it all, the prototype model that has come to be known as the Zonda "Nonno".

Serial car spotter, Shmee150, managed to take a close look at the prototype test mule Zonda, nicknamed "Nonno" (that means ’grandfather’ in Italian) because of its age (it was one of the first prototye Zondas ever created) and wear and tear (it’s logged an incredible 680,000 miles, which is about 1.1 million kilometers)

Talk about getting your investment’s worth on one supercar.

Over the years, the Zonda Nonno has evolved, depending on what specifications Pagani was using at that time. In its current state, the supercar mule carries a 7.3-liter V-12 engine that packs 760 horsepower and specified to the details of the Zonda 760.

But with the Zonda’s retirement drawing closer and closer, it looks like the Zonda Nonno will finally get the rest it so richly deserves.

Click past the jump to read about the Pagani Zonda

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Video: Pagani Zonda Revolucion Caught on Camera

Video: Pagani Zonda Revolucion Caught on Camera

Earlier last month, Pagani unveiled the latest the Zonda models: the Zonda Revolucion.

Unfortunately, Pagani only revealed a limited set of images of its new supercar, but YouTube user Shmee150 managed to catch the supercar on video. He was lucky enough to be wondering around the Pagani factory in San Cesario sul Panaro, Italy as a Zonda Revolucion was just rolling off of the production line.

The new Zonda Revolucion is powered by an improved version of Mercedes AMG’s 6.0-liter V-12 engine. The engine delivers a total of 800 horsepower and peak torque of 538 pound-feet. The engine delivers power through a six-speed automated manual gearbox that changes gears in 20 milliseconds.

If you want to own this supercar you’ll have to prepare a total of $2.8 million. The problem is that four of the five units to be built are already sold, so it might be a little bit difficult to buy one.

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Video: Pagani Zonda F Sounds Brutal

Video: Pagani Zonda F Sounds Brutal

Not many of us will have the chance to test the new Zonda Revolucion revealed by Pagani the other day. Then again, it is also true that not many of us will actually have the chance to drive any of the Pagani models.

So, all we can do is enjoy those cool videos that feature models like the Zonda F. For example, this video (above) offers you the chance to hear the incredible sound developed by a Zonda F fitted with Cinque spec aero upgrades and the titanium exhaust.

Launched in 2005, Zonda F is powered by the usual 7.3-liter V-12 engine found in all Zonda models. The engine delivers a total of 620 horsepower - 650 in the Clubsport version - and can sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, then top out at a speed of 214 mph.

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2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion

2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion

The Pagani Zonda’s history begins in 1999 with the Zonda C12. That model paved the way for models like the Zonda S 7.3, Zonda Roadster, Zonda Cinque, and the Zonda R, to name a few. The best model of all, however, was produced in just five examples and was called the Zonda Revolucion. As Pagani put it, the Revolucion was “The evolution of the species, the revolution in the concept of art applied to pure speed.” In comparison to the Zondas that came before it, the Revolucion brought about new features and a new aerodynamic package that included a new rear wing and a new drag reduction system. More importantly, the Mercedes-sourced mill that powers the beast also got a little updating as well.

At the time of its release, Horacio Pagani – the Owner and chief designer of Pagani – said, “Limits are made to be overcome. We knew that Pagani Zonda R was already a fast car, the fastest ever on the Nuerburgring Nordschleife. We knew it would be very difficult to design and build a car that was even more extreme. But thanks to the creativity of our designers, engineers, and the whole Pagani family, we created a beautiful object and the fastest Pagani vehicle ever. A car that I am sure will electrify all our customers and fans all over the world.”

The Zonda Revolucion was unveiled at the 2013 Vanishing Point during the International Pagani Gathering. It was priced at €2.2 million, which translates to roughly $2.8 million at the currency conversion rate back in 2013. With only five examples produced, four of them were sold during the private presentation, which made a very good weekend for the Pagani family. With that said, let’s take a look back at what is, arguably, the best Zonda model ever made.

Continue reading for our full review of the Pagani Zonda Revolucion.

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Video: Chris Harris Teases Drive Film Featuring Pagani

Video: Chris Harris Teases Drive Film Featuring Pagani

The Drive channel has become one of the most popular auto-themed channels on YouTube. Last season, it ran a web series that went inside the heart of Koenigsegg.

Now, Drive and host Chris Harris are back and it’s teasing a new short film featuring another one of our favorite exotic manufacturers: Pagani.

In anticipation of the Zonda tribute film being released next week, Harris has unveiled a little teaser video featuring the two crown jewels of Pagani’ line-up, the Zonda S and the Huayra.

Just thinking about the film is already getting our hearts pumping. The Zonda and the Huayra are two of the finest supercars to have run the streets of the world in recent years. Any chance we have of getting to know more about these two exotics, as well as the people behind the creation of it, is something worth paying close attention to.

And if Drive’s Inside Koenigsegg web series is any indication, we’re going to get a real treat with this film.

Click past the jump to read about the Pagani Zonda and the Pagani Huayra

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2011 Pagani Huayra

2011 Pagani Huayra

In the world of supercars, you have many different players. Ferrari is the technological wonder child, while Lamborghini is that school bully that developed a bit of common sense with age.Aston Martin is the sophisticated gentlemen spy that can charm any living thing with a single word. Then, you come to Pagani, the new boy. These cars don’t feature any sophistication or old world charm. Yet, their radical designs and outrageous performance have placed them in the top tier of the supercar tree and now, we have a new version, the C9.

In the world of follow-ups, this one is massive. Sort of like the Godfather II following the Godfather. The Zonda was the car that made Pagani into the company you see today. Automotive journalists loved it and the base version spawned many different special editions and one-offs like the Zonda F and Cinque. It was like nothing ever seen before. The Zonda’s development was evolutionary, but the C9 that will replace it will be revolutionary.

UPDATE 03/15/2013: Pagani has unveiled a new promo video for its Huayra supercar. Called simply "God of Wind" the new video is just an attempt to bring the supercar back to our attention. Enjoy!

Hit the jump for more details on the Pagani Huayra.

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Video: Here's How You Can Build Your Own Pagani Zonda for Two Bucks

Video: Here’s How You Can Build Your Own Pagani Zonda for Two Bucks

With a price tag well over $1 million, the Pagani Zonda is a car that’s certainly out of most peoples’ financial wheelhouse. But what if we told you that for only $2, you can have your very own Zonda? Even better: for $5, you can have three Zondas!

Before you start breaking your piggy banks, understand that you’re obviously not getting actual Zonda supercars. What you’re getting are build-your-own paper cutouts that you can transform into actual small-scale replicas of the Zonda.

As you can see in the instructional video above, the man behind the product, Taras Lesko, shows us exactly how you can build a Pagani Zonda from the comfortable confines of your desk. It’s certainly a fascinating hobby that might be worth picking up on, especially if you’re a fan of the mighty Italian supercar.

Big props to Lesko and the guys over at Visual Splcer for this item. We’re actually in the process of picking out what to buy as we speak, and if we do say so ourselves, so should you guys.

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2013 Pagani Zonda PS

2013 Pagani Zonda PS

We are not very sure how many of you remember the unique Zonda PS announced back in 2009, but for those of you that do, Pagani has now unveiled a new version of the PS edition. The model announced back in 2009 was spotted a few times while it was heading to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but it was stored and there was no chance to see it again.

However, a new version of the Zonda PS has been caught for the first time. As you can see, the new PS edition has dropped the previous white and black combination and looks a little bit more stylish, thanks to its new blue color.

The Zonda PS also features a gigantic spoiler and a roof scoop, just like the ones we have seen in the Zonda R.

More details on the new Pagani Zonda PS will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

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Video: Turn 10 Studios Rings In New Year With January Recaro Car Pack For Forza Horizon

Video: Turn 10 Studios Rings In New Year With January Recaro Car Pack For Forza Horizon

Not a month goes by without Turn 10 Studios releasing a car pack for its avid video game racers. For January, the developer of the Forza Motorsports franchise will be releasing the newest car pack for its latest video game offering: Forza Horizon.

Dubbed the “Recaro Car Pack,” the new downloadable content will include the usual smorgasbord of vehicles, highlighted by the 2012 Lexus LF-A Nürburgring Edition. In addition to the gnarly Japanese supercar, the Recaro Car Pack will also include the 2012 Lotus Exige S, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the 2005 Mercedes SLR, the 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R, and, oddly enough, the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500.

The Recaro Car Pack will go live and be up for download on January 1, 2013. As is always the case, the car pack can be had for a reasonable amount of just 400 MS Points. But if you’re a Forza Horizon Season Pass holder, you get the pack for free and on top of that, get free dibs on a 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster.

Sounds like a sweet deal to us.

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One-off Pagani Zonda "GJ" Set to be Auctioned at Bonhams

One-off Pagani Zonda "GJ" Set to be Auctioned at Bonhams

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.

If you’re interested, better get to saving cash.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: TopSpeed's Top-10 Pink Cars of 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: TopSpeed’s Top-10 Pink Cars of 2012

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.

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2013 Pagani Zonda 764 Passione

2013 Pagani Zonda 764 Passione

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.

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2006 Pagani Zonda F "Batman"

2006 Pagani Zonda F "Batman"

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.

Then again, if you have $700,000 to drop on a supercar, you can pretty much do as you please with it. At least it’s not a poorly built knock-off that barely escapes the bounds of the average highway speed limit.

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Video: Pagani Zonda Cinque Chases its Own Tail in China, Genuine or Kit Car?

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.

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Tasteless Pagani Zonda F replica spotted broken down in California

Tasteless Pagani Zonda F replica spotted broken down in California

We should all know by now that the Pagani Zonda, and even its successor, the Huayra, are not street-legal in the U.S. Sure, Pagani may still be fighting with the NHTSA to gain an exemption for the Huayra, allowing it to legally roam U.S. streets, but the Zonda never was and never will be allowed to drive on U.S. roads, even if three or four have managed to slip through into private collections.

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.

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Video: Behind-the-scenes of the Huayra with EVO at the Pagani factory

Video: Behind-the-scenes of the Huayra with EVO at the Pagani factory

After Drive visited the Pagani factory in Italy a few weeks back, we were given a great in-depth tour of the facility as a whole. Now, the following video brought to you by EVO takes a look at Pagani’s halo supercar, the Huayra in a great amount of detail.

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.

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YouTuber inadvertently captures Pagani Zonda R Evolution at Nordschleife

YouTuber inadvertently captures Pagani Zonda R Evolution at Nordschleife

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.

Shot on the June 26th, very few car aficionados would have been able to identify the car as the Zonda R Evolution, as our good friend Marchettino already falsely claimed to capture the Evo a couple of weeks ago.

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.

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Pagani Zonda R Evolution makes official debut at Goodwood 2012

Pagani Zonda R Evolution makes official debut at Goodwood 2012

Just a few days ago, we released a video courtesy of Marchettino which was claimed to capture the Pagani Zonda R Evolution, or ‘Evo’. Now that the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 has come around however, we can officially confirm that that particular car was not the Evolution, but the car in the video above is. After looking at both, we’re glad that Marchettino got it wrong this time.

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.

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Video: Are you the Pagani Zonda R EVO?

Video: Are you the Pagani Zonda R EVO?

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."

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Photo of the Week: 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque in Singapore

Photo of the Week: 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque in Singapore

To kick off our very first Photo of the Week, we have decided to start things off with a bang, with one of the most incredible photos ever captured of what is one of the most expensive supercars ever produced: the 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque.

If reports are to be believed, only three white Cinque coupes were ever produced, with the remaining two units being bright green and bright orange. Furthermore, every single one of the Cinque coupes produced are reportedly all driving around one of the increasingly-luxurious and expensive regions in the world: Singapore.

Taken by Nicholas TJ.R Photography, the following image shows off the incredibly well-detailed and aerodynamically inspired rear end of this hypercar, which cost a cool $1.3 million when it went on sale in 2009.

As a quick refresher, the 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque features an AMG-sourced 7.3-liter V12 engine producing 678HP and 575lb-ft of torque which is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. When combined with the extremely lightweight body and those massive rear tires, the car can launch to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and 124 mph in 9.6 seconds before continuing onto a top speed in excess of 220 mph.

Stay tuned for next week’s ‘Photo of the Week’!

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Video: Pagani History in a 5 part video

Video: Pagani History in a 5 part video

About a month ago, Pagani unveiled a pretty cool documentary explaining the technology behind the Huayra. And because people were thoroughly impressed with it, the company decided to offer a new documentary, this time explaining the history of the very successful company.

Parts 1-4 have already been unveiled and talk about the beginnings of the company. Part One talks about Pagani founder Horacio Pagani and reveals a collage of personal photos, while Part Two explains how the company was founded in 1999 and talks about the first vehicle produced by Pagani: the Zonda C12. Part Three goes into years 2005-2008 of the company and the production of the Zonda F and Part Four handles model year 2009 with the Zonda R. Finally, Part 5 covers the 2009-2011 model years with the Zonda Cinque.

Parts Two, Three, Four and Five can be found after the jump. Enjoy!

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Evo's Harry Metcalfe drives the stunning Pagani Zonda 760 RS

Evo’s Harry Metcalfe drives the stunning Pagani Zonda 760 RS

Up until this point, we’ve only been able to show you a couple of low-quality teasers of the Pagani Zonda 760 RS, a car which defines what a supercar should be all about as it’s the most powerful car ever produced up until now. However, today we have something very, very special for you.

Not only have a few incredible pictures of the car been officially released, Pagani owner and Evo Magazine owner Harry Metcalfe was lucky enough to drive this one-off piece of automotive art on some incredible Italian country roads.

The video is yet another one of the Evo Diaries series and is undoubtedly the most exquisite one they have ever done. The test begins off with Harry following the 760 RS in one of just a couple Zonda prototypes, which has evolved since the very first 6.0-liter V-12 up until its current 7.3-liter spec very similar to the unit fitted to the Cinque.

Despite the incredible prototype being extremely unique by itself, the 760 RS is something else entirely. Harry confirms that it cost the Chilean owner 1.6 million pounds or the equivalent of $2.5 ‘Benjamins.’ Nope, your eyes are not tricking you, that is in fact twice the price of the Huayra, and Metcalfe points out that the 760 RS is a very similar car to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, while the Huayra could be considered as an extreme 911 Turbo.

Metcalfe goes on to confirm in the final seconds of the video that Lewis Hamilton did in fact purchase a 760 dubbed the ‘760 LH’ just like we reported, so hopefully some photos of that will be released in due course.

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2013 Pagani Zonda 760 LH

It’s no secret that Formula 1 drivers are some of the most highly paid sportsmen in the world. With some contracts topping $10 million without taking into account individual sponsorships, F1 drivers could literally swim in money. One of the most interesting things about this is that many F1 drivers just drive regular, everyday cars, rather than sports cars as everything feels slow when compared to an F1 car.

However, if reports are to be believed, 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton may have just purchased a road-car as close to an F1 car as you can get, the Pagani Zonda. And, no not just any old Zonda, but a one-off car built specifically for him reportedly called the 760 LH, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out what the ‘LH’ stands for.

Hamilton’s car is said to be based upon the 760 RS which was recently commissioned and built for a very special Chilean owner. The 760 RS is the most powerful production car Pagani has built to date, even surpassing the Huayra by about 60BHP, pumping out an incredible 760 horsepower. The car ordered by Hamilton differs in one major way to the RS, as it will be built with a traditional manual transmission, leading the McLaren driver to state, “my company car has a paddle-change gearbox, so when I drive for fun, I want a manual.”

It’s unclear just how long Hamilton will have to wait for his brand new hypercar, but considering the Zonda is built completely by hand, he’ll be lucky to have it delivered in the next six months. It’s also worth noting that Horacio Pagani has previously stated that one-off Zonda’s will continued to be made if demand is there, despite the Huayra now being the company’s flagship supercar.

Please note that the car featured is the Pagani Zonda F Clubsport Final Edition.

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Unique Pagani Zonda 760 RS captured on video!

Unique Pagani Zonda 760 RS captured on video!

All we’ve had access to on the one-off Pagani Zonda 760 RS were some scarce details and an image that only revealed the car’s badge, but thankfully, Youtube user OuncesofAwesome12 was able to get up close and personal with the Zonda 760 RS and brought his video camera along for the ride.

The video doesn’t exactly scream quality - the camera is very shaky and the angles are terrible - but at least we get a good deal more details than the random cropped image we had before. Then there’s the end of the video when we get to here the Zonda 760 RS’ amazing engine.

The Pagani Zonda 760 RS is a unique model that is among the latest Zonda models to be produced. The history behind this supercar is quite interesting because it actually began as a custom built Zonda 750 requested by an Arab family, but when they canceled the order, Pagani transformed it into the 760 RS. The car delivers an impressive 760 HP making it capable of hitting a top speed of more than 217 mph, or so they say.

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2012 Pagani Zonda 760 RS

2012 Pagani Zonda 760 RS

While everyone’s attention may be focused on the new Pagani Huayra, it seems that the Italian company still has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to their Zonda supercar. GT Spirit has found the first images of a one-off Pagani Zonda 760 RS - unique supercar that was created for a customer in either Chile or China, depending on which rumor you believe.

The Pagani Zonda 760 RS actually began as a custom built Zonda 750 requested by an Arab family, but when they canceled the order, Pagani transformed it into the 760 RS. The car is based on a Zonda F, but features an exposed carbon fiber exterior with a unique aerodynamic package that includes components from the Cinque, like the rear air ducts and the roof air intake.

The 760 RS name is representative of the good things found under the hood: an AMG-sourced engine that delivers a total of 760 HP - 90 HP more than the Zonda Cinque and 20 HP more than the Zonda R. This extra power will undoubtedly be enough to sprint the car to a top speed of more than 217 mph.

UPDATE 04/05/2012: Youtube user OuncesofAwesome12 was able to get up close and personal with the Zonda 760 RS and brought his video camera along for the ride. The video doesn’t exactly scream quality - the camera is very shaky and the angles are terrible - but at least we get a good deal more details than the random cropped image we had before. Then there’s the end of the video when we get to here the Zonda 760 RS’ amazing engine. Hit the jump for the video!

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Video: Pagani Zonda vs Pagani Huayra Sound Battle

Video: Pagani Zonda vs Pagani Huayra Sound Battle

Marchettino always seems to be at the right place, at the right time. Mix that with his tremendous skill on the computer, and you have amazing videos that capture the most spectacular vehicles on the market. His latest video shows off the best sounds of all the Pagani models he has filmed over the year. He says the video is a tribute to Horacio Pagani, "a person I really admire for how he started his career with almost nothing, and now produces some of the best and most exclusive supercars in the world."

The video includes the engine sounds of models like the Zonda Cinque, the Zonda F, and the Zonda R, as well as the latest Huayra supercar. The cars were caught both on the track and on public streets with brutal accelerations, launches, loud revving scenes, and more! All you have to do is turn up the volume and enjoy!

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Video: The Pagani Zonda meets the Pagani Huayra

Video: The Pagani Zonda meets the Pagani Huayra

There are very few cars in this world that can keep up with the Pagani Zonda, but even with its AMG-powered 7.3-liter engine that produces 555 horsepower and 563 lb/ft of torque, it isn’t the most powerful car in the Pagani family.

That title belongs to the Pagani Huayra and its AMG-powered 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that generates 700 horsepower and 740 lb/ft of torque.

This video, courtesy of EVO Diaries, features the two Pagani supercars partaking in a nice little joyride on an isolated road. What’s fascinating about this 53-second video, apart from getting a good look at the Zonda’s fancy interior, is how much more meat the Huayra has over its older sister. Check out the video around the 30-second mark and you’re going to see the Huayra’s serious power as it breaks away from the Zonda when the road straightens out.

Like we said, we’d take very few cars over the Zonda, but if there’s one car that will completely change our mind, it’s the mind-blowing Pagani Huayra.

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Video: A collection of supercars courtesy of the China Sportscar Club

Video: A collection of supercars courtesy of the China Sportscar Club

The Chinese automotive market is growing bigger by the day and automakers everywhere are taking advantage of this growing market by throwing a number of special editions their way. One type of vehicle that is ripping through the streets of China is the super car. Anything from Ferrari to Pagani to Lamborghini is making its way over to the land of Dragons and Emperors, and this video was created to show off a number of these vehicles.

Watching this video may incite some ever growing jealousy for the people lucky enough to get behind the wheel of these bad boys. The supercars are all part of the Chinese Sportscar Club (SCC), which got together on an airstrip to show off their rides. The list of the supercars is intense, including a Ferrari Enzo, a Pagani Zonda F/R and Cinque, a Mercedes SLR, a Mercedes SLS, a Ferrari F430, a Ferrari 458 Italia, tons of Lamborghini models, an Aston Martin, and our favorite, the Koenigsegg Agera.

The sheer monetary value of the collected supercars is enough to induce drool.

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Last Pagani Zonda F Roadster On Its Way

Last Pagani Zonda F Roadster On Its Way

The Pagani Zonda Roadster F made its debut at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. It was similar to the coupe version, except that it featured a removable carbon fiber roof and canvas side curtains. It was made very clear by Horatio Pagani at that time that it would only be built in 25 units and, unfortunately, the day has come when the final unit has been pieced together.

The last Pagani Zonda F Roadster unit features a full on carbon fiber body colored in purple and black. The interior takes the drama a bit further with pink leather and carbon trim.

Under the hood, the Zonda F Roadster features the same 7.3 liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine that delivers a total of 680 HP. The hypercar weighs only 2711 lbs and makes the 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Top speed halts at an impressive 214 mph.

Now that Pagani has closed the chapter on the Zonda F, they will switch their focus to the new Huayra, and all of its intended variations.

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