Road Tests Real world tests of Zonda vs Ariel Atom

Top speed

Top Gear track time

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Pagani Zonda

Reasons to consider the
Pagani Zonda Roadster F Clubsport

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Faster top speed 214 mph vs 170 mph 44 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way more expensive sticker price $1M vs $225k Around 4.5x more expensive harder to own
Significantly more torque 575 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM Around 2.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much bigger engine 7,291 cc vs 3,000 cc Around 2.5x bigger engine
More powerful engine 650 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM More than 35% stronger engine
Side view of Ariel Atom

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Ariel Atom V8 500

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Faster to 60mph 2.3 s vs 3.6 s More than 35% faster to 60mph
Faster in the quarter mile 11.2 s vs 12.1 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Significantly lighter curb weight 1,210 lb vs 2,822 lb 2.3x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:15.10 vs 1:17.80 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Zonda  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Pagani Ariel
Price 1,000,000 225,000
Year 2006 2008

design

Body style 2-door roadster Roadster

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs Disc
Rear brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,822 lb 1,210 lb

road tests

Zonda  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 214 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 12.1 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 3.6 s 2.3 s
Top gear time 1:17.80 1:15.10

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.34 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 650 HP @ 6,200 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 575 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion w/variable power assist Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 7,291 cc 3,000 cc
Cylinders V12 V8
Air compressor None Supercharger
Fuels
Gas
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Pagani Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
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Ariel Atom V8 500
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