Gallery: the Pagani Zonda in pics
From the humble 394bhp C12 up to the bonkers 789bhp Revolucion, here’s the Zonda story
Posted: 10 Jun 2013
Pagani Zonda S/S Roadster
All it took was a few years, and Horacio was at it again. The Zonda wasn't nearly loud, fast or bonkers enough. No, he demanded more from his little baby, and thus, we find ourselves looking at the Zonda S and Zonda S Roadster: both packing lots of More. Out went the 6.0-litre V12, in came another Mercedes-AMG engine, this time packing 7.3-litres, 555bhp and 553lb ft of torque. That's quite a lot more. It was mounted in the same place, naturally, and coupled to the Zonda S's weight of 1250kg (carbon fibre chassis and body panels, aluminium suspension), could accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds and a top speed way more than you could possibly care to explore.
There was a Roadster version too, which weighed but a fraction more (1280kg), but still managed to post the same acceleration time. This car proved to be so much fun, Richard Hammond literally couldn't stop driving it. He did though. And wanted to drive it some more.