2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque: The Ultimate Street-Legal Supercar?
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
Many of the Italian cars that are driven today have their origins in the concept or prototype cars of the past. “Supercars” are most definitely the most spectacular in design, defying convention in many case with the objective of unveiling the extreme possibilities of automotive design. Truly the supercar is a fine example of fantasy on four wheels, with many of the most outstanding Italian designers establishing their reputations with innovations in the form and function of these vehicles.
The much admired Italian supercar maker Pagani has enjoyed tremendous success with their hand built “Zonda” series; the exclusivity of this model is so coveted that they are selling for far more than their greater-than €800,000 000 (or $1,246,599 USD) base price.
Officially production will be limited to only 5 units of the 2009 Zonda Cinque with its 678-hp power coming from a detuned version of the 7.3L V12 engine producing torque of 575 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a Cima sequential 6-speed gearbox. If the need for speed arises, have no fear, this superbly crafted beauty can propel you to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds or from go-to-60 mph in 3.4 seconds for the more tame at heart.
Underlying the power of the street legal version of the Zonda Cinque are the famous ABS by Bosch, traction control and carbon-ceramic self ventilated Brembo brakes - front 380×34mm 6 piston calipers and rear 380×34mm 4 piston calipers.
As one might expect from these impressive features the 2009 Zonda Cinque takes flight with the aid of a Mercedes AMG-sourced engine. Nestled inside the tight carbon titanium fiber body, this is an ultra light outfitting developed in conjunction with Pagani just for the Zonda Cinque. This one innovation results in tremendous weight savings that give this vehicle near rocket acceleration ability: from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds; this is faster than any car available today.
The 2009 Zonda Cinque project was developed to satisfy the request of one of the company’s dealerships for Hong Kong "SPS." This is a totally incredible car whose 5 units are already sold. Not surprising given the beauty of its form and powerful performance capability.
The 2009 Zonda Cinque will be the first to be equipped with sequential gearbox operable both with paddles behind the steering and with the traditional gear stick on central tunnel. The carbon titanium special fiber made for the Zonda Cinque has been slated for use on future models. Power almost beyond compare, this car is the performance driver’s dream car. The 2009 Zonda Cinque has 678 hp and 780 Nm torque along with forged mono-lock titanium heels, bolts and nuts will fully be done in titanium. The car will have new Pirelli tires along with the proud Pagani badge. Titanium is one of the most highly used metals in the aerospace industry for its superior strength, durability and its almost ethereal light weight. The use of this metal for the 2009 Zonda Cinque firmly establishes this car as a serious contender for the title of “Ultimate Supercar.”
A sports car’s exterior must have the ability to withstand the forces of nature and handle a variety of road conditions. But the interior must cater to the preferences of the driver and the 2009 Zonda Cinque’s interior appointments are classy and refined, with a race car attitude. The use of leather and steel support the sporting attitude of this fabulous creation: it has Toora racing leather seats, 4-points seatbelts and molybdenum steel roll-bars with carbon fiber coating. The use of titanium is the main reason why the total weight of the 2009 Zonda Cinque is 20 Kg lighter then the F model.
Drivers are assured of a smooth ride with the fantastic suspension system developed with the latest technology from Öhlins to the exact specifications of Pagani. With four different settings, that each has 10 available adjustment levels on separate high and low frequencies to control both the compression and extension. This attention to detail works in concert with the super-light frame to deliver a driving experience comparable to flying.
The aerodynamic purists will be delighted by the body equipped with a longer front spoiler, plus the addition of a new designed rear wing with central air intake on monocock, supplying extra air intakes for rear brakes. Add to this impressive list a flat bottom and new rear air extractors that will improve the down force up to 750 Kg at 300km and you have a total package of a automotive jewel that redefines the art of the drive. The 2009 Zonda Cinque’s limited availability is certain to heighten the attention of car enthusiasts in anticipation of the next creation from this innovative car manufacturer that is pushing the limits in grand Italian style.