Pagani Zonda C12 (1999)

The legend of Pagani Automobili begins with the Zonda C12, the very first model to roll out of the Modena factory. The C12 name comes from Horacio's wife, Cristina, and the number of cylinders, 12.

The first prototype was finished in 1998, and Horacio decided to introduce it to the public in the 1999 Geneva Motor show (Switzerland). This decision wasn't circumstantial, Horacio realized that if he wanted to stand out among established names like Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin, he had to make a direct impression on his public, and Geneva is the key date every year in the motor industry.

This tradition of introducing every new Pagani model in Geneva is still maintained to this day.

Horacio inspired himself in the Sauber Mercedes C9 that dominated the 1988 C Group season when it came to drawing the Zonda.
The result was a very slender silhouette, with a very short and pointy front end, which produces a very advanced cabin and an elongated rear end.

Only three units of the first Zonda were ever sold to the public until 2000.

Another two units were produced, one of them was used for the crash test needed to homologate the car, and the other one is kindly known as the Zonda "La Nonna" (Italian for grand mother). This unit has served as a test bed platform over the years to test every new piece and innovation of the subsequent platforms like the F, the Cinque or the 760, and nowadays it's driven over a million kilometers (~600.000 miles).

Zonda C12

Production type :

Limited edition

Drive wheel type :

Rear wheel drive

Chassis materials :

Carbon fiber

Body materials :

Carbon fiber

Body shape :

Two seater supercar

Road legal :


Acceleration :

(0-100 km/h)

4.2 sec

Top speed :


Engine layout :

Mid engined longitudinal

Specific power :

360 hp per tonne

Weight :

1250 kg

Dimensions :


4395 mm / 2055 mm / 1151 mm

Wheelbase :

2730 mm

Fuel consumption :

(l/100 km)


Fuel tank :


Autonomy :



Internal code :

M120 E60

Displacement :

6l (5997 cm³)

Type :

Naturally aspirated V12 60º

Number of valves :

48 (4 per cylinder)

Max. power :

450 hp (331 kw) @ 5400 rpm

Max. torque :

570 nm @ 3900 rpm

Max. Rpm :


Specific output :

75 hp per litre


  • Front

    Type :


    Disc diameter :

    355 mm

    Disc material :


    Number of pistons :


  • Rear

    Type :


    Disc diameter :

    335 mm

    Disc material :


    Number of pistons :



Type :


Number of gears :



Manufacturer :


Model :

Pilot Sport

Type :


Front dimensions :

255 / 40 / R18

Rear dimensions :

345 / 35 / R18