Road Tests Real world tests of Zonda vs Murciélago

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Pagani Zonda Roadster F Clubsport

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Way more expensive sticker price $1M vs $311k Around 3.2x more expensive harder to own
Sticky cornering g 1.4 g vs 1.07 g More than 30% sticky cornering g
More torque 575 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 487 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM Around 20% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:17.80 vs 1:19.80 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Lighter curb weight 2,822 lb vs 3,671 lb Around 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Bigger engine 7,291 cc vs 6,496 cc More than 10% bigger engine
Side view of Lamborghini Murciélago

Reasons to consider the
Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster

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Faster in the quarter mile 11.5 s vs 12.1 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Way higher redline 8,500 RPM vs 7,000 RPM More than 20% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Zonda  vs
Murciélago 
Brand Pagani Lamborghini
Price 1,000,000 311,100
Year 2006 2004
City mileage 12 MPG 6 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG 12 MPG

design

Chief designer Horacio Pagani Luc Donckerwolke
Platform Pagani Zonda Platform Lamborghini Murcielago
Generation First Generation Second Generation
Body style 2-door roadster Fastback coupe
Top type Soft removable Hard fixed

transmission

Transmission make Pagani 6 Speed manual Lamborghini 6-speed manual
Drivetrain 2WD 4x4
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.88:1
2: 1.77:1
3: 1.27:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.83:1
6: 0.71:1
Axle ratio 3.36:1 3.14:1
Paddle shifters N/A Standard, Left Down / Right Up

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Alunimum Alloy Wishbones w/Pull-Rod Springs, Olhins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Damping, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent
Rear suspension Alunimum Alloy Wishbones w/Pull-Rod Springs, Olhins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Active Damping, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent
Front brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs 15 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs 14 in Ventilated Disc
Front tires Michelin 225/35x19 Pilot Sport 2 Pirelli P Zero Rosso
Front wheels 483/? 229 245/35 18
Wheel material Forged Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Alloy
Rear tires Michelin 335/30x20 Pilot Sport 2 Pirelli P Zero Rosso
Rear wheels 508/? 330 335/30 18
Wheel material Forged Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy Alloy

road tests

Zonda  vs
Murciélago 
Top speed 214 mph 211 mph
1/4 mile 12.1 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.6 s 3.6 s
Lateral acceleration 1.4 g 1.07 g
Top gear time 1:17.80 1:19.80
20.6km nurburgring time 7:24.44 7:40.0
Drag coefficient 0.37 0.33

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.34 lb/hp 5.81 lb/hp
Maximum hp 650 HP @ 6,200 RPM 632 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 575 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 487 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 8,500 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 46%/54% 42%/58%
Steering system Rack and pinion w/variable power assist Rack and pinion

engine

Engine make Mercedes-Benz M180 V12 Lamborghini 6.5L V12
Displacement 7,291 cc 6,496 cc
Cylinders V12 V12
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.6 in / 3.64 in 3.46 in / 3.5 in
Block material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Cylinder head material Aluminum alloy Aluminum
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system Generic VVT Lamborghini VVT
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,822 lb 3,671 lb
Width 80.9 in 81 in
Height 44.9 in 44.7 in
Length 174.6 in 181.5 in
Ground clearance 3.9 in 5.5 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in 104.9 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Pagani Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
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