February 13th, 2006 – Probably the most radical convertible to debut in 2006 is this Zonda F Roadster. It is slated to appear at the Geneva Motor Show and, like its coupe variant which was introduced at the same gig last year, it features a bevy of upgrades that set it apart from almost everything else.
Built alongside the regular production version, the Zonda F is Pagani’s top model and a tribute to five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio. While the F shares the same basic shape with all Zondas, it has new aerodynamic devices, an upgraded drive train, larger wheels and ceramic brakes.
The F Roadster combines the coupe’s performance with open air driving and fine craftsmanship. Pagani says their cars have a soul and, when looking at the details, a Zonda is a sight to behold. Each is a carbon fibre masterpiece and the Roadster has been reinforced with a chrome-molybdenum alloy roll-bar for safety and piece of mind.
Underneath the Roadster’s sexy skin is basically the same 680 horsepower drive train found the Zonda F Coupe. This 7.3 Litre Mercedes-AMG V12 is tuned by Zonda to include a new intake tract as well as a hydroformed steel and titanium muffler.
Compared to the coupe, the Roadster has to lose some structural rigidity, but it has not gained any considerable weight like most coupe to convertible transformations. Standing at a dry weight of 1230 kg, the Zonda is lightweight compared its closest competitor, the Murcielago Roadster. Zonda plan to limit production of Roadster F to 25 orders.
Specs & Performance
Mercedes Benz M180 V12 w/Pagani Intake, Exhaust, Management Systems
DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
Sequential Multipoint Injection
7291 cc / 444.9 in³
91.5 mm / 3.6 in
92.4 mm / 3.64 in
484.7 kw / 650 bhp @ 6200 rpm
89.15 bhp per litre
507.81 bhp per tonne
779.6 nm / 575 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frame
Carbon Fibre Monocoque with Aluminum Sub-Frames, Carbon chrome-molybdenum Alloy Roll Bar