Pagani Zonda is a sports car by the Italian manufacturer Pagani. It was first introduced in 1999 and remained in production for 12 years, until it was discontinued in 2011.
Although Pagani isn’t considered to be one of the biggest or well-known manufacturers in the world, the company has experienced moderate success since it was founded in 1992.
The very first Zonda, the Zonda C12, was unveiled at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. It was powered by a 6.0 L Mercedes-Benz V12 engine and was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.2 seconds. Only 5 were ever produced with only one still in existence today.
A number of special edition Zonda’s were produced over the years. The first one to be manufactured was the 2004 Zonda Monza. It was unveiled at the 2004 Paris Motor Show and is a track-day version of the Zonda that was built for King Moka. It featured modified aerodynamic, which allowed greater speed.
Zonda GJ featured a matte carbon finish and a number of other upgrades. It was a one-off custom built Zonda however it didn’t sell.
Pagani Zonda Uno was built for Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani who is a member of Qatar’s royal family. Known for his turquoise car collection, he had the one-off Zonda built and customised to match his collection. The vehicle was turquoise with black accents and featured a number of upgrades.
One of the last special editions produced was the 2011 Zonda F Roadster Final Edition. Built to commemorate the end of Zonda it was finished with a carbon-fibre body. It was also more powerful than the original Zonda F.
Overall, Pagani Zonda was a fantastic vehicle that never really got the recognition it deserved. It experienced moderate success however it hasn’t quite performed as well as the likes of Jaguar and Lamborghini.