Pagani Zonda 

  • $1M built in Italy
  • 2006
  • 650 HP 7.3L
  • 214 mph
High gears are fun, too, especially if you want to explore the V12’s wonderful vocal repertoire in detail, from the heavy, churning, guttural pulse close to idle, through the sudden and shockingly open-throated bellow at 3000rpm, to the frantic yowl as the V12 keens to 7000rpm.
by EVO
The perfectly positioned paddles actually make changing gear a pleasure, too.
by EVO (Sep, 2010)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Pagani Zonda


Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
3.6 s
2.7 s

Top speed

Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
214 mph
Agera R
260 mph
253 mph

Top Gear track time

Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
Ferrari FXX

1/4 mile

Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
12.1 s
Agera R
10.1 s
10.2 s

Nurburgring time

Zonda Roadster F Clubsport

Data points Key details of the Pagani Zonda


Zonda Roadster F Clubsport


Zonda Roadster F Clubsport
650 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP
987 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Monti is very deep into Gambon on the brakes, knocking in a seamless downshift at the last moment.
by EVO
This performance is extraordinary, but so is its delivery.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2006)
It’s a paddle-shifter for those of us hooked on manuals – rev it to the red line and it won’t change up until you instruct it to, so you always feel in control.
by EVO (Sep, 2010)


So AMG's V-12 is sensational, but even that isn't as good as the chassis.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2006)
And yet, unlike a turbocharged engine, response is precise, each micro increment of right-foot pressure bringing its exact and rich reward-all accompanied by the sound of an early-1990s Formula 1 warmup lap.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2006)
The gold topped, dry-sumped 6-litre Mercedes AMG V12 sits low in the chassis and six fat, white powder-coated exhaust pipes sprout from each side.
by EVO


Another straight and another yowling cacophony from the electric blue inconel/titanium exhaust goes bouncing around the hillsides for miles around.
by EVO
Montermini gives the Zonda a tickle of throttle on the straight that follows and it snaps forward with the alarming ease that distinguishes light cars harbouring big-capacity, violently powerful engines.
by EVO
Though to be honest, when the engine kicks for the red line the shove is so shocking that you’re not paying much attention to the sound it’s making.
by EVO


The wheel is trimmed in Alcantara and the seats are carbon buckets made by Toora.
by EVO
The cockpit isn’t as light and airy as usual thanks to that intake on the roof replacing the usual glass panels, and you are entirely reliant on the antennae wing mirrors to see what’s trying to keep up.
by EVO
It’s obviously a Zonda interior, with the breast-plate centre console and snorkel air vents, but pared back as much as possible.
by EVO


The suspension is made from magnesium and titanium, while the forged monobloc wheels are aluminium and magnesium, all helping to pare back the weight – and particularly the unsprung weight – to an absolute minimum.
by EVO
The comfortable, firmly padded seat is no race bucket, but somehow holds you almost as securely, while the part-leather, part-wood flat-bottomed steering wheel also works far better than you expect.
by EVO
The suspension is compliant.
by MotorTrend (Jan, 2006)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Pagani
Price $1,000,000
Year 2006
City mileage 12 MPG
Highway mileage 22 MPG


Chief designer Horacio Pagani
Platform Pagani Zonda Platform
Generation First Generation
Body style 2-door roadster
Top type Soft removable


Transmission make Pagani 6 Speed manual
Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 2.88:1
  2. 2: 1.77:1
  3. 3: 1.27:1
  4. 4: 1:1
  5. 5: 0.83:1
  6. 6: 0.71:1
Axle ratio 3.36:1
Paddle shifters N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Alunimum Alloy Wishbones w/Pull-Rod Springs, Olhins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent
Rear suspension Alunimum Alloy Wishbones w/Pull-Rod Springs, Olhins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar, Independent
Front brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes Brembo 14.9 in Ventilated Discs
Front tires Michelin 225/35x19 Pilot Sport 2
Front wheels 483/? 229
Wheel material Forged Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy
Rear tires Michelin 335/30x20 Pilot Sport 2
Rear wheels 508/? 330
Wheel material Forged Aluminium/Magnesium Alloy

road tests

Top speed 214 mph
1/4 mile 12.1 s
0-60mph 3.6 s
Lateral acceleration 1.4 g
Top gear time 1:17.80
20.6km nurburgring time 7:24.44
Drag coefficient 0.37
Downforce Downforce

power & handling

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


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

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,822 lb
Width 80.9 in
Height 44.9 in
Length 174.6 in
Ground clearance 3.9 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes
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