Technologist Horacio Pagani has devoted his life to dreaming up exotic cars, and his Zonda supercars are among the most exclusive on the planet. Inspired by fighter-plane materials technology, Pagani envisioned building a supercar out of carbon-fibre composite.
In 1992, he established his own company and set about realizing his ambition. It took him seven years and a lot of hard work — he finally offered up his first painstaking labour of love, the Zonda C12 coupe in 1999. Powered by a 6 litre Mercedes-Benz M120 V12 engine, the C12 could reach 210 mph (340 km/h) with acceleration from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.2 secs. Pagani has continued to develop his Zonda and by 2008 he had produced 95 roadsters and coupes.
Pagani’s latest offering is the Zonda Cinque (pronounced chin-kwae). Based on the Zonda R track car of 2007, the Cinque is a limited edition of only five (as its name suggests) road-legal racing cars, built to order for a select Hong Kong dealer and pre-sold for $1,600,000 each. This sensational silver, black and red coupe is made from carbon-titanium fibre, a new material Pagani has developed.
The Cinque has six-speed sequential transmission, with a paddle on the steering wheel for changing gear in under 100 millisecs, carbon-ceramic brakes and a fuel-injected Mercedes-AMG aluminium mid-engine. This is a whopping great 7.3 litre V12 producing 678 bhp, first used in the Zonda C12S model of 2002 and now produced by AMG exclusively for Pagani.
The luxurious interior is the ultimate in sporty chic with an impeccable finish, down to the last nut and bolt. Literally. Every single one bears the imprint of the Pagani logo! The Cinque is Pagani’s most mind-blowing Zonda yet — not just the last word in status symbols but a consummate work of art.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
7,291 cc DOHC V12
Top speed of 218 mph (350 km/h); 0-60 (97 kmh) in less than 3.4 secs
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Zonda is the name of an Argentinian pampas wind. Although of Italian origin, Pagani was born in Argentina; he originally called his supercar the Fangio F1 in honour of the legendary Argentinian racing champion but when Fangio died in 1995, Pagani felt it was disrespectful to commercialize his memory.