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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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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The Pagani Zonda made its official debut in 1999 and was in production until 2011. In those 12 years, the Zonda was offered in a number of different variants, with three different Mercedes-AMG sourced engines. The first model was dubbed the Zonda C12, and it debuted at the 1999 Geneva Auto Show. It was offered with a 6.0-liter AMG engine, but that wasn’t good enough, and three years later, Pagani released the Zonda S 7.3 – a better interpretation of the Zonda C12 with an AMG 7.3-liter engine. Just one year later, Pagani released the 2003 Zonda Roadster.
The Zonda Roadster shared most of its components with the Zonda S 7.3 that came before it, but it had the ability to go topless should its owner want to feel the breeze. The car was made possible thanks to a new central monocoque structure that was made entirely of carbon. Thanks to this monocoque, the car had optimal structural rigidity, even with the top removed. The overall design allowed for a dry weight of just 2,821 pounds, which wasn’t bad at the time. To give you an idea of the significance of that weight, the 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder tipped the scales at 3,351 pounds.
There was a total of 40 examples of the Pagani Roadster built. Each model was also different, as customers were allowed to specify things like materials and finishes according to their individual tastes. So, with that said, let’s take a look at a little piece of Pagani history.
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