Pagani Zonda C12-S 

  • $350k
  • 2002
  • 547 HP 7.3L
  • 204 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-S
3.6 s
2.7 s

Top speed

Zonda C12-S
204 mph
Agera R
260 mph
253 mph


Zonda C12-S
7.4 s
5.1 s
McLaren F1
6.3 s

Top Gear track time

Zonda C12-S

1/4 mile

Zonda C12-S
11.5 s
Agera R
10.1 s
10.2 s

Nurburgring time

Zonda C12-S
McLaren F1
Ferrari Enzo

Data points Key details of the Pagani Zonda


Zonda C12-S


Zonda C12-S
547 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 $350,000
Year 2002

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.03 lb/hp
Maximum hp 547 HP @ 5,900 RPM
Maximum torque 555 ft-lb @ 4,050 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 7,300 cc
Cylinders V12
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.6 in / 3.64 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,750 lb
Width 80.9 in
Height 45.3 in
Length 173 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in

road tests

Top speed 204 mph
1/4 mile 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.6 s
0-100mph 7.4 s
0-200kph 11.2 s
Top gear time 1:23.80
20.6km nurburgring time 7:44.0
Hockenheim short lap time 1:11.80


Drivetrain RWD w/TCS
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc
Front wheels 457/? 229
Rear wheels 457/? 330
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