Think You Know What’s Next For Pagani? Think Again!
Italian automaker Pagani is a rare breed in the supercar world. Unlike other exotic brands, Pagani has not only stayed relevant in the game, but it’s also thrived in it despite building only two models — the Zonda and the Huayra — in the last 20 years. The Italian automaker’s formula? Rebuilding existing Zondas and Huayras and turning them into unique one-off creations. The strategy has worked out well for Pagani as customers continue to ask unique and special modifications to the Huayra and the Zonda, and as long as the demand is there, Pagani is willing to oblige. It looks like that demand isn’t going away anytime soon so prepare yourselves for more one-off Huayras and Zondas to enter our lives in the future. Turns out, Pagani’s not done with either of these two models.
2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera
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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2017 Pagani Zonda Fantasma Evo
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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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.
Continue reading for our full review of the Pagani Zonda Cinque.
The Pagani Huayra might not be the newest hypercar on the block, but it continue to amazes thanks to some ingenious design features, clever engineering, and the artful shaping of its body. Officially debuted in 2011, the Huayra made a splash in its exclusive segment, putting fellow Italian automakers Ferrari and Lamborghini on notice. But it’s the Huayra’s development that we’re looking back at with this crash test video.
To call it a video is actually generous, but this 30-second clip depicts how Pagani tested its Huayra for the worst-case scenario. The full-frontal crash test shows the strength of the Huayra’s structure. The central monocoque is made from a carbo-titanium composite – a combination of carbon fiber and titanium. The unique combination allows the passenger compartment to withstand impacts that would otherwise shatter a standard carbon fiber part.
In fact, the video shows this principle in action. Just watch as the front crumple zone absorbs the impact while the passenger cell remains completely intact. The carbon fiber body ahead of the windshield cracks and bends, absorbing the brunt of the crash force. And like any modern car, the Huayra comes with airbags that help lessen the chances of passenger injury. The clip shows them working in full function.
This crash test takes place at a moderate speed, but demonstrates how the Huayra is designed to protect passengers from even high-speed crashes. High speeds are something very familiar to the Pagani. Its Mercedes-Benz-sourced 6.0-liter V-12 engine produces 730 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque thanks in part to twin turbochargers. The hypercar is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 230 mph.
In a not unexpected turn of events, a recent report mentions that the Pagani Huayra has officially sold out, with all build slots for the hypercar having been allocated. It is worth mentioning that the Huayra was originally slated for a 100-unit run, while production capacity is limited to 45 units per year. We can draw a few conclusions from this.
First of all, the limited production and manufacturing capacity mean that some customers won’t receive the cars they ordered until 2016, when the Huayra Roadster is apparently set to be unveiled. Second, you should probably prepare for an increasing number of special-edition Huayras or even one-offs, but they will probably be fewer than Bugatti’s stream of unique Veyrons. On the other hand, the Huayra has been sold out since early 2014, which Horacio himself said in an interview at the Geneva Motor Show, so the latest information on the matter only confirms the old news from the folks at GT Spirit.
There is no official word on the number of Huayras that have been manufactured and sold until now, but it is safe to say that there are plenty more bespoke models coming out in 2015, after which it will be up to its topless brother to keep up with Pagani hypercar demand.
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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.
The Pagani Huayra is one of the most exclusive supercars money can buy. The company founded by Horaccio Pagani produces these masterpieces of automobile design and engineering on a small scale. In year, Pagani is able to deliver just about a handful of cars.
The Huayra is made to order keeping in mind individual customer preference. Pagani would do all types of exterior finishes, leather and carbon fiber. After you’ve confirmed the order and the payment made, Pagani starts building the car. That takes quite a bit of time.
However, now if you wish to own a Pagani Huayra and haven’t got the patience to wait for at least a year to take delivery, you can checkout the used car market. One such Huayra finished in pearl white over carbon fiber is up for sale in Dubai. The asking price for this exclusive hypercar is $1.7 million.
The car seems to be in great condition with just 373 miles on the odometer. The interior is finished in white and black leather with a substantial expanse of naked carbon fiber. Most of the car’s rigid monocoque is built using layers of carbon fiber. Certain mechanical components are made out of magnesium and titanium.
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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.
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About the Pagani Huayra we know a lot of things, except maybe the most important one: price and optional features. However, a leaked document is now also disclosing these features, so all we need now are the money to buy it.
A base Huayra is priced at €1,050,000 - or about $1,4 million at the current exchange rates. Of course this can be considered a reasonable price, when you consider the amount of power, the price for the competition and the fact that you are indeed buying a Pagani supercar.
However, things can change literally when you take a look at the options prices. For example a full carbon body work is priced at €112,500 - or about $151,700; chancing the color of the wheels will add another €3,500, or $4,700, while adding a premium leather interior will cost you an additional €7,900, or $10,650. So, with a few updates here and there the price for your Huayra can easily go up to about $2 million - which is not so cool.
To remind you, for the money you will get a supercar powered by an AMG sourced V-12 engine that delivers a total of 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. With this power the Huayra will go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 230 mph.
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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.
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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.