For decades, the most extreme cars you could buy from Italy came from two companies: Ferrari and Lamborghini. And they’re still incredible, no doubt. But these days one upstart automaker makes cars so insane they make the old guard look like they’re cranking out economy cars. Welcome to a rally for Pagani owners.
I have a confession to make, and it’s one that haunts me even during my waking hours: I am absolutely terrified of Paganis. They freak me out like not much else can. It’s not the price, it’s definitely not the power, and it’s not anything about the general functioning of the car. It’s those damn headlights.
I bumped into this video again today for no good reason. I was on the internet, I thought of car sounds and invariably I ended up here.
While the Pagani Zonda first showed its shape to the world in the last century, it still remains one of the most striking supercars on the planet. It is an unending beauty. Fittingly, here’s an unending loop of Pagani’s Zonda R.
Even more than a muscle car, the Pagani Zonda took the “big engine in a little car” formula to the extreme. Here’s a quick demonstration of how the 7.3-liter Mercedes V12 worked in a car that weighs as much as a Mini Cooper.
Wheel manufacturer TWS shows off a black and white Pagani Zonda at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016 as onlookers snap photos. [Image: Kat Callahan/Jalopnik]
The bodyguard of Chinese businessman Jen-Te Chen, also known as “Kenny,” crashed the boss’s Pagani Zonda into a London fence
this morning back in February, according to the Daily Mail. Because we don’t have rights to run photos of the crash, however, we went and did you all the courtesy of providing a dramatic…
We already knew that the latest Zonda, called ZoZo, ordered by a lucky Japanese is bit of an oddball with its additional Zonda R tail lamps, but I didn’t see the Le Mans-style covers coming, that’s for sure.
Unlike Christian von Koenigsegg, Horacio Pagani didn’t have everything new displayed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Yet there’s another Zonda headed to Japan with a 7.3 liter AMG V12 producing 760 horsepower and all the right noises. It’s called the ZoZo.
[Cannot unsee the real face of a Pagani Zonda Tricolore. Photo credit: Pagani Automobili.]
There are people out there who think Horacio Pagani's second car isn't as exciting as the first one, and that's why there's no such thing as the final Zonda as long as they don't run out of engines.
It cost $153,395 when new, 30% more than the V8-powered SL500. Today, it's yours for less than $8,000 and everything works after 140K miles. Overengineering at its best with the smoothest V12 ever up front.
Do you hear that? That's the sound of excellence. Let it rattle around in your head forever, perhaps it'll finally push out that algebra you'll never need again.
What do you do when you have a Formula One World Championship in your name and currently race for Mercedes? You get your AMG V12-powered Zonda 760LH and you rip through the Monaco tunnel to hear it scream.
Everything about a Pagani Zonda is both glorious, and ridiculous. But if you want to reach the pinnacle of glorious ridiculousness, you need to engage in the mundane, the silly, the embarrassing. Like when the battery dies in your million-dollar-plus hypercar, and you need to give it a bump start.
I have heard your cries, from hither, from yon, all yearning with one voice, with one plea. "Please, please, I'd love to know what it's like to have my face strapped right next to the exhaust pipe of a Pagani Zonda Tricolore, preferably at full song." Consider your prayers answered.
What you're looking at here in bare carbon glory is the end of the road, the final act, the last of the greats. This is it: The last Pagani Zonda Revolucion that will ever be built.
We've already heard what one Pagani Zonda Revolucion sounds like from a distance, but that video didn't do the twelve thrusting and pulsating pistons any justice. It was too far away, like listening to a Van Halen concert from a nearby highway. Now here's two and a half minutes of pure, unadulterated, up-close Zondas.
The engine in the Pagani Zonda 760 LM has, fittingly,
40 horsepower 97 horsepower 3000 horsepower 760 horsepower, yes, that's it, 760. And thus, by the laws of nature and humanity, must sound like a fiery Italian golem. So it does.
Quite possibly the most beautiful, stunning sports racing cars in history were the Group C Le Mans cars of the 1980s and early '90s. So what if you took that kind of design, stuffed in a modern 602 horsepower V12, and lined the cockpit in leather?