It took a few years in the making, but if we’ve learned anything from the automotive industry, it’s always better to be late than to never show up to the party at all.

So after making its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, followed by a lengthy delay in its release date, the Zagato-built Perana Z-One is finally ready for its production debut.

Hailing from South Africa, the Perana Z-One is the result of a joined collaboration between Zagato and Perana Performance Group. There’s no word yet on the official release date of the South African sports car, but there have been some rumblings that we might get to see the Z-One for the first time since Geneva in 2009 at the Festival of Speed this coming July in the UK.

Now that we know that the two-seater sports car is well on its way to production, we may need to start saving our hard-earned money to be able to get a piece of one of the 999 Z-One’s scheduled to be built.

More details on the Perana Z-One after the jump.

  • 2012 Perana Z-One
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  • Engine:
    6.2-liter V8 engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    442 horsepower
  • Torque @ RPM:
    430 lb/ft of torque
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Exterior and Interior

2012 Perana Z-One High Resolution Exterior
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The Perana Z-One’s overall design was born out of the collective minds of Milanese coachbuilder, Zagato, and South African manufacturer, Perana Performance Group. The Z-One reflects pure passion born out of combining traditional sports car styling with state-of-the-art aggression to create a visual of a car made for the times. The Z-One’s body is accentuated by a couple of long dynamic curves that swoop down to keep edges and integrating important design elements. There’s an unmistakable Zagato-look to the car, specifically the car’s front end, which bears strong similarity to the TZ3 Stradale, another Zagato-designed sports car.

The look of the car’s interior has yet to be divulged, although you can expect it to carry such niceties as a sat-nav system, a touch-screen infotainment system, an A/C unit, Brembo brakes, and Recaro sports seats.


2012 Perana Z-One High Resolution Exterior
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The Perana Z-One is powered by a GM-sourced 6.2-liter V8 all aluminum engine that produces 442 horsepower and 430 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a ZF limited-slip differential. Official times have yet to be posted, but the South African sports car is expected to hit a time of north-to-60 mph in just under four seconds.


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Again, there’s still no official confirmation as far as how much the car is going to cost. Early estimates suggest that it could fetch for somewhere around £70,000, or a little over $110,000 based on current exchange rates.


2012 Perana Z-One Exterior
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When talking about suitable competition for the Z-One, we can look no further than the same car that bears a similar design: the TZ3 Stradale.

Whereas the Z-One is powered by the same 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 442 horsepower, the TZ3 Stradale is powered by a front-central 4.2L V8 90° engine mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox.

You might find trouble differentiating the two because of their design similarities, but if you’re thinking of getting one over the other, you might have better luck scooping up a Perana Z-One because it’s expected to be readily more available than the TZ3 Stradale, which, oddly enough, is limited only to nine units.

2012 Perana Z-One High Resolution Exterior
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  (595) posted on 08.16.2011

I would agree that it has a unique design but somehow the car looks bloated and wide. Well, it’s been a long time since they release this concept, and I think it’s time for Perana to release it in the market for us to know if it can really compete with its competitions.

  (378) posted on 06.13.2011

So Awesome! These will be the first time I saw a car like this. It was so fantastic, the designs are so unique. I remember how an outer space looks like this!

  (619) posted on 06.13.2011

I would agree with all of you guys that the design of this one is actually very beautiful. However, I really hope that they were able to put in a good engine under the hood of this one.

  (334) posted on 06.10.2011

Definitely one of the best looking supercars that I have seen this year. Though it has some similarities with some other rides, it still has a lot of unique features that really set it apart.

  (329) posted on 06.9.2011

Lols! Piranha, that one is indeed funny. But I would say that the car is really no laughing matter. Just take a look at those specs, you will certainly be amazed at what this baby can do.

  (666) posted on 06.9.2011

Nice to see this. The design of this car is really great. The hood, the bonnet, head light, rims, front bumper, etc. are so beautiful and It’s one of the most beautiful design that I never seen in my whole life.

  (518) posted on 06.8.2011

I thought the name of this one sounded like Piranha. Nah, just kidding. I actually like how much they had progressed with this and the car is now even more promising.

  (570) posted on 06.8.2011

The design is quite unique for a Perana. It’s good to know that after a years of
delayed, the Perana Z-One is completely done. Nice job!

  (815) posted on 06.8.2011

Hmm, this one actually looks a bit Aston Martin-ish to me, and maybe a little bit of Porsche. But I would say that it really looks good and is very unique in its own right.

  (1333) posted on 06.8.2011

It’s kind of disappointed to wait a long years for this car that actually looks like a copy cat version of other production . However, I have top agree that the performance of this car is quite impressive!

  (553) posted on 06.8.2011

Actually the front reminds me of Maserati car and its body from the side view is quite similar to the Z02. Plus the back is identical to Alfa Romeo Zagato! However, the speed performance of this car is impressive though I’m doubtful on its reliability.

  (4) posted on 06.6.2011

The low front shots remind me of a jag XJ220

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