Pagani Zonda C12 

  • $350k built in Italy
  • 1999
  • 389 HP 6.0L
  • 208 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 C12
3.6 s
Venom GT
2.5 s
2.7 s

Top speed

Zonda C12
208 mph
Venom GT
270 mph
Agera R
260 mph


Zonda C12
8.2 s
5.1 s
Venom GT
5.3 s

1/4 mile

Zonda C12
12.1 s
Venom GT
9.95 s
Agera R
10.1 s

Data points Key details of the Pagani Zonda


Zonda C12


Zonda C12
389 HP
Venom GT
1,200 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP

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 $350,000
Year 1999


Chief designer Horacio Pagani
Chief engineer Horacio Pagani
Body style Car
Top type Hard fixed


Drivetrain Rear wheel drive
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Unknown
Rear suspension Double wishbone, Unknown
Front brakes Brembo 14 in Disc
Rear brakes Brembo 13.2 in Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,756 lb
Width 2,055 in
Height 1,151 in
Length 4,345 in
Front track width 65.9 in
Wheelbase 2,370 in

road tests

Top speed 208 mph
1/4 mile 12.1 s
0-60mph 3.6 s
0-100mph 8.2 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.08 lb/hp
Maximum hp 389 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Maximum torque 421 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion


Engine make Mercedes-Benz M120 AMG
Displacement 5,987 cc
Cylinders V12
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.5 in / 3.2 in
Block material Aluminum
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
VVT system None
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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