Is The Pagani Zonda Aether The Best Zonda Ever?
The legendary Pagani Zonda is one of my all time favourite supercars and I know I am not alone on this. The Pagani Zonda is everything an exotic Italian supercar should be and it is dripping with elegance, exclusivity and charm which other Italian auto manufacturers like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati lost years ago, I know not many people will agree with that statement but to a certain extent it is true.
Although the legendary Pagani Zonda was replaced by the stunning Pagani Huayra back in 2012, production of the Zonda officially ended in 2017 with the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta. Only three Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta’s were produced making it one of the rarest and most beautiful Pagani Zonda’s yet. However, production of the Pagani Zonda never really ended in 2017, because earlier this year yet another one-off Pagani Zonda was presented to it’s new owner and it is absolutely epic!
This is the vehicle in question, what you are looking at is the Pagani Zonda Aether. The beautiful Pagani Zonda Aether was named after the pure and clean air above the clouds and it is believed to be amongst the very last Pagani Zonda’s to leave the Pagani factory in Modena, Italy. Not only is it amongst the very last Pagani Zonda’s to be produced but it is also the most potent and definitely the most sinister looking Pagani Zonda to ever roll off the Pagani assembly line.
The stunning Pagani Zonda Aether features a familiar and timeless exterior design which is made up of a mixture of gloss and matte carbon fiber bodywork. The gorgeous hand crafted body of the Pagani Zonda Aether is contrasted by a bright red stripe which runs down the center of the vehicle, as well as a series of bright red pinstripes which run down either side of the vehicle.
The Pagani Zonda Aether also features a long list of body parts which were inspired by the Pagani Zonda Cinque, which includes a carbon fiber roof scoop and the exact same air intakes on the rear wheel arches. To complete the sinister exterior look of the Pagani Zonda Aether, Pagani have added a larger rear wing with subtle swan neck uprights, a large rear diffuser, black lightweight forged alloy wheels and red headlight surrounds. All of this creates not just another bespoke Pagani Zonda, but the best looking Pagani Zonda that I have ever seen.
Underneath the hand crafted, custom bodywork of the Pagani Zonda Aether lies a massive 7.3 liter, naturally aspirated AMG V12 engine. The 7.3 liter, naturally aspirated AMG V12 engine has an overall power output of 800 hp, making the Pagani Zonda Aether one of the most powerful Pagani Zonda’s to date. To ensure that the Pagani Zonda Aether delivers a driving experience like no other, the 7.3 liter, naturally aspirated AMG V12 engine has been mated to a six-speed manual transmission which sends the engine’s power directly to the rear wheels.
The Pagani Zonda Aether made its global public debut at the 2018 Pagani Raduno and it was commissioned by the owner of the equally unique Ferrari SP38, which was unveiled just a week before the Zonda Aether. The Pagani Zonda Aether is part of the Zonda 760 One-Off Series and it is one of fourteen special edition Pagani Zonda’s that was built for special Pagani clients and close friends of Pagani founder Horacio Pagani.
If I could have any vehicle in the world right now, I would choose the Pagani Zonda Aether in a heartbeat. The fact that the Zonda Aether is a roadster, it has a six-speed manual transmission and 800 hp, I can just imagine what it is like to drive this one-off beast. However good the more modern supercars may be, I highly doubt that any of them can come close to the bespoke Zonda Aether. I may never have the pleasure of owning this gorgeous Pagani, but I can’t thank Horacio Pagani enough for creating such automotive art.