Hot streak

The su­per­car that put Pa­gani on the map has come a long way

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Pa­gani rolls out not one but two spe­cial models.

the Zonda, Pa­gani’s first su­per­car, was first un­veiled at the 1999 Geneva Mo­tor Show. The first-it­er­a­tion Zonda C12, whose gor­geous aero­dy­namic body evoked the winds after which the model was named, was pow­ered by a 6.0- liter Mercedes-Benz V12. It pro­duced 389hp and 570Nm, with the power put to the ground by a proper five-speed man­ual gear­box.

The name­plate has since evolved into sev­eral vari­ants, the lat­est of which is this, the Zonda HP Barchetta. Re­cently un­veiled at the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance, this new­est mem­ber of the sta­ble de­rives its power from a 7.3- liter AMG V12 tuned to pro­duce a whop­ping 789hp— the same out­put as the Pa­gani Huayra BC. Mated to the en­gine is a six-speed man­ual gear­box, along with a me­chan­i­cal self-lock­ing dif­fer­en­tial.

The sus­pen­sion uses four-wheel in­de­pen­dent dou­ble-wish­bone units with man­u­ally ad­justable Öh­lins Rac­ing dampers. Brakes are from Brembo, con­sist­ing of 380mm ven­ti­lated discs at all four cor­ners, and six-pot calipers in front and four-pot calipers in the rear. The wheels en­cas­ing the brakes have neat touches as well—the left wheels re­ceive gold in­lays, and the right wheels boast blue in­lays.

Other strik­ing de­tails in­clude the car­bon-fiber rear wheel arches, an im­pos­ing roof scoop, a gi­gan­tic rear wing, and the com­plete ab­sence of a roof. The in­te­rior is fin­ished in blue and cream, with some tar­tan de­tails here and there.

Only three units will be built, but un­for­tu­nately for as­pir­ing buy­ers, one has al­ready been al­lot­ted for Ho­ra­cio Pa­gani’s per­sonal collection. Two more are up for grabs.

Just two ex­am­ples will be for sale. Bet­ter hurry, then

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