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2009 Perana Z-One

2009 Perana Z-One

2009 Perana Z-One

Zagato is launching an exciting World Premiere on the occasion of the 2009 Geneva Motor Show: the Perana Z-One (Zee-One).

The sports car Perana Z-One signals the first collaboration of the Milanese Coachbuilders with a South African Vehicle Manufacturer: Perana Performance Group.
The Perana project is the result of Zagato’s 9 decade-long expertise in constructing fully functioning running concepts.
Virtual reality development has been integrated from inception, effectively eliminating the need for the traditional styling model and enabling the prototype to be completed in less than 4 months by the South African team.

Design Concept:

The combination of functionalism, lightness and aerodynamic was encapsulated in the Perana Z-one’s uncomplicated flowing lines, lightweight construction methods and to a return to purist racing traditions where driver input reigns supreme.
All this, integrated into a modern aesthetically charming package that advances the boundaries of contemporary design execution, makes the Perana Z-One breathtaking.
The Perana Z-One is defined by its particularly aggressive front and the sculpted sides that rise over the rear wheel arch that, along with stylish interior appointments, contributes to the overall feel of speed and fluency.


Following in the footsteps of Zagato’s long tradition of memorable show cars, the Perana Z-One is no mere dream car, but a thoroughly practical and feasible production proposition that is expected to be available for sale to discerning European buyers by July 2009.
The Zagato Design Centre has styled the Perana Z-one to ensure it is built as a limited series production car. Sales will be limited to 999 cars per annum within Europe to assure exclusivity and to commemorate the 90 years of Zagato design.
Complying with Euro 4 emission legislation, this value proposition is expected to be launched at the introductory price of under 50.000 Euros, excluding taxes – an offer that becomes the new benchmark.

Technical Development:

From the innovative tubular and box section chassis to the exciting interior styling, the Perana Z-One is a concentration of advanced design and engineering. Fully certifiable for the road, this ultra high–performance, front engined sports coupé uses a powerful 6.2 litre V8 engine that drives the rear wheels. This genuine 2-seater coupé, enjoys the benefits of almost 50/50 weight distribution allowing for exhilarating, balanced and predictable road manners.
Story by SZ Design Zagato

In Detail

type Series Production Car
released at 2009 Geneva Motor Show
coachbuilder Zagato
engine GM LS3 V8
position Front-Mid Engine
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum
valve train OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Electric Sequential Injection
displacement 6162 cc / 376.03 in³
bore 103.25 mm / 4.1 in
stroke 92 mm / 3.6 in
compression 10.7:1
power 328.1 kw / 440 bhp @ 5900 rpm
specific output 71.41 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 368.2 bhp per tonne
torque 583 nm / 430 ft lbs @ 4600 rpm
redline 6600
body / frame Vinyl-Ester/Glass Composite Body over Steel Tube Space Frame
driven wheels RWD w/ZF Limited Slip
front brakes 275/35 ZR18 Michelin PS2
rear brakes 345/30 ZR19 Michelin PS2
front wheels F 45.7 x 25.4 cm / 18 x 10 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 30.5 cm / 19 x 12 in
f suspension Unequal A-Arms w/Eibach Springs, Bilstein Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Unequal A-Arms w/Eibach Springs, Bilstein Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1195 kg / 2634.97 lbs
weight distro 50 % / 50 %
wheelbase 2540 mm / 100 in
front track 1627 mm / 64.1 in
rear track 1570 mm / 61.8 in
length 4406 mm / 173.5 in
width 1233 mm / 48.5 in
height 1924 mm / 75.7 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
0 – 60 mph ~3.9 seconds
fuel capacity 85 litres or 22.44 gal.