1995 Cizeta-Moroder V16T

Named after its oddball drivetrain, this supercar takes the Miura concept one step further by using a transverse V16 engine mated to a longitudinal gearbox that together forms the shape of a T.

Claudio Zampolli first envisioned Cizeta in the mid-eighties and had his fully functioning prototype ready in 1988. The final result looked like a Diablo in the rough, but that’s because it was the work of Marcello Gandini for Lamboghini.

Upon receiving Gandini’s design for their Countach replacement, Lamborghini took the concept and altered it heavily, including the removal of his signature notched rear-wheel arches. Frustrated with Lamborghini, Gandini then turned to Cizeta who offered to keep his original flavor.

Never before had the world seen a V16 engine mounted in a transverse layout. Such a setup was necessary due to the long length of the engine, but also made the car one of the widest ever produced. Essentially, two flat-plane V8’s were grafted such that the timing mechanisms shared the center space. Gearing between the two provided a single input for the longitudinally mounted transmission. The block was similar to two Ferrari V8 engines but in the end it had to be cast as a fully custom unit.

Designing and implementing a new engine was a huge feat, especially for an upcoming manufacturer. Most of the drivetrain components were specially outsourced and Cizeta then assembled the complete car around their own aluminum honeycomb tub.

When completed, the car sold for $400 000 USD which was a hard sell considering the company had no race history or company heritage to build upon. For these reasons only ten cars were completed in period.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production10
price $$ 300,000
engine90 Degree, V16
positionTransverse Mid-Engine
valvetrainDOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement5995 cc / 365.8 in³
bore86.0 mm / 3.39 in
stroke64.5 mm / 2.54 in
compression9.3:1
power402.7 kw / 540.0 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output90.08 bhp per litre
bhp/weight317.46 bhp per tonne
torque542.33 nm / 400.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
body / frameAluminum over Tubular Steel Spaceframe
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front tires245/40ZR17 Pirelli P-Zero
rear tires335/35ZR17 Pirelli P-Zero
front brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist, 4-Pot Calipers
rear brakesBrembro Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist, 4-Pot Calipers
front wheelsF 43.2 x 22.9 cm / 17.0 x 9.0 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 33.0 cm / 17.0 x 13.0 in
steeringZF Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Inboard Koni Dampers,, Anti-Ro
r suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Inboard Koni Dampers,, Anti-Ro
curb weight1701 kg / 3750 lbs
wheelbase2690 mm / 105.9 in
front track1610 mm / 63.4 in
rear track1666 mm / 65.6 in
length4493 mm / 176.9 in
width2060 mm / 81.1 in
height1115 mm / 43.9 in
transmissionZF Longitudinal 5-Speed Manual
final drive2.97:1
top speed~328.3 kph / 204.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.5 seconds