The Pagani Zonda is a mid-engine sports car produced by the Italian sports car manufacturer Pagani. It debuted at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. By 2018, a total of 140 cars had been built, including development mules. Both 2-door coupé and roadster variants have been produced along with a third new variant being the barchetta. Construction is mainly of carbon fibre.
The Zonda was originally to be named the “Fangio F1” after Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio, but, following his death in 1995, it was renamed for the Zonda wind, a regional term for a hot air current above Argentina.
The Zonda C12 debuted in 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is powered by a 6.0 L (366 cu in) Mercedes-Benz M120 V12 engine having a power output of 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) at 5,200 rpm and 640 N⋅m (472 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,200 rpm mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
The C12 can accelerate to 97 km/h (60 mph) in 4.0 seconds and to 161 km/h (100 mph) in 9.2 seconds.
Only five cars were built with the 6.0 L engine, though the C12 was still available in 2002 when the C12 S was introduced. One was used for crash testing and homologation, while another was a demonstrator and show car. The remainder were delivered to customers during the next three years. The crash test and homologation car having chassis number 001 was restored by Pagani’s recently established restoration program called “Pagani Rinascimento” and was presented to the public at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show for the Zonda’s 20th anniversary.
Pagani Zonda S 7.3 at Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance
The Zonda S uses a modified version of the V12 engine used in the C12 enlarged to 7.0 L (427 cu in). Tuned by Mercedes-AMG, the engine has a power output of 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp) and is mated to a newly developed 6-speed manual transmission in order to handle the high power output produced by the engine.
The C12 S can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, to 161 km/h (100 mph) in 7.0 seconds. Lateral acceleration on the skidpad is 1.18 g (11.6 m/s²). The C12 S can can attain a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h).
Zonda S 7.3
Pagani Zonda S 7.3 Roadster
Introduced in 2002 the Zonda S 7.3 used a new, larger naturally aspirated V12 engine displacing 7,291 cc (7.3 L; 444.9 cu in) designed and manufactured by Mercedes-Benz AMG having a power output of 555 PS (547 hp; 408 kW) at 5,900 rpm and 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft) of torque at 4,050 rpm. To better handle the power, traction control and ABS were made standard. Performance claims were unchanged from the Zonda C12 S.
In 2003, Pagani presented the Zonda Roadster, an open top version of the Zonda S 7.3. Carrying the same components as the coupé, Pagani promised no loss of performance, a claim supported by the minimal weight gain of 30 kg (66 lb). A total of 40 roadsters were produced.
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