Hypercar Heroes – 2005 Pagani Zonda S Roadster

Name a car from 2005 that is more desirable today than this Pagani Roadster!

This car is one of 25 Zonda Roadsters ever produced, and features a sweet combination: the ultra-rare manual gearbox option and the updated and quicker-revving 7.3-liter V12. Packing more displacement but a lighter weight than the original 7.0-liter AMG units, the Zonda F is still an icon of performance, design and artful beauty ten years after it was first sold.

This very car earned about $750,000 when last sold by RM Auctions in London in 2010, but we suspect it might even go for more than that in 2015.

What the Zonda F Roadster has that no other hypercar can match is a pure, true roadster feel. No giant pillars behind your head like the Ferrari 458, Porsche 918, Koenigsegg, Lambo or McLaren Spiders. The flat rear deck ensures a pure, unimpeded symphony of mechanical bliss around every corner and with every throttle blip.Pagani Roadster 3 Pagani Roadster 2 2005 Pagani Zonda S Roadster 5

True to Pagani form, the roof it as exceptionally-engineered as every other nut and bolt on the car. (That it has a real roof at all is fairly unique versus some Lambo cabrios.)

The top consists of a carbon-fiber overhead piece paired with fabric for the tiny folded corners. The combination means that you can always flip the roof upward if it rains while you are out. Little flashes of brilliance throughout the Pagani experience are what make the brand such a smash-hit success for all who love exotic cars.

2005 Pagani Zonda S Roadster


Tech Specifications

Engine Mercedes-Benz M 120 7.3 AMG; 12 cylinder V 60°, displacement 7291 cc
Max. power (kW) hp/rpm: (408) 555/5900
Max. torque Nm/rpm: 750/4050
Transmission Longitudinal mid engine; rear wheel drive with self-locking differential; TCS standard
Clutch Twin plate clutch
Gearbox Mechanical 6 speed (+ reverse)
Brakes 4 ventilated Brembo disks: front 355 four piston caliper rear 335 four piston caliper; hydraulic power brake; ABS standard
Steering TRW rack and pinion power assisted
Wheels 19” Fomb APP forged in aluminium
Tyres Michelin Pilot Sport: front 255/35/19 rear 345/30/19
Suspensions 4 independent wheels with double A-arm; helical springs and Ohlins adjustable; hydraulic dampers; anti-roll bar; aluminium alloy suspension arms
Structure Central carbon fiber chassis; front and rear Cr Mo steel space frames; carbon fiber “MD system” bodywork panels
Roof Removable, in carbon fiber and cloth; weight 5 kg
Dimensions Lenght 4395 mm; width 2055 mm; height 1151 mm; wheelbase 2730 mm; dry weight 1280 kg
Performances Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.7 sec.; weight to power ratio 2.30 kg/hp




RM Auctions


26 October 2011

Lot 244

2005 Pagani Zonda C12 7.3 S Roadster

To be auctioned on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sold for £425,600

  • Chassis no. ZA9C820C11OF76044

555 bhp, 7.3-litre, mid-mounted Mercedes-Benz M120 E73 60-degree DOHC light-alloy V-12 with four valves per cylinder and Bosch Motronic ME7 sequential electronic fuel injection, six-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones, coil-over hydraulic dampers and anti-roll bars, and hydraulic four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS. Wheelbase: 2,730 mm

• One owner and well maintained
• One of only 25 hand-built examples produced
• Zero-to-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds!
• Desirable colour combination, six-speed manual gearbox

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