Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster (2009): first official pictures | CAR Magazine

Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster (2009): first official pictures

Published: 03 July 2009 Updated: 26 January 2015

Pagani has unveiled a roadster version of its most radical road-legal Zonda ever, the Cinque. Just five Cinque Roadsters will be made, and with no roof, a 669bhp V12 engine, and a price tag broaching £1.1m (plus taxes) it’s pretty special.

I thought Pagani’s coupe version of the Cinque was supposed to be a last-hurrah for the Zonda?

Think again – and if Horacio Pagani wants to build 5 more gorgeous Cinques, this time without a roof so you can really hear that 7.3-litre V12 wail, then who are we to argue.

How does a ‘regular’ Zonda become a Cinque?

There’s a longer front spoiler, a flat undertray and diffuser, plus a new rear wing, all of which is enough to create the same 750kg of downforce at 186mph that Pagani claims for the coupe version.

Weight-wise the Roadster also weighs the same 1210kg as the coupe (and 20kg less than the 641bhp Roadster F), thanks to a carbon-titanium monocoque, magnesium and titanium suspension, aluminium and magnesium alloy wheels and carbon Brembo brakes. That means the same mesmerising acceleration figures too – 62mph disappears in 3.4 seconds and it’ll reach 120mph from rest after 9.6 seconds

A debt of gratitude is also owed to the AMG-tuned Mercedes 7.3-litre V12 engine. It sucks air in through an intake that sprouts above the cockpit of the Zonda, creates 669bhp and 575lb ft, and then sends it to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential manual gearbox. Expect the sound coming from the four ceramic-coated titanium exhausts to be life affirming.

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By Ben Pulman

Ex-CAR editor-at-large