Horacio Built Himself A Birthday Present – Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta
Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta May Be The Zonda’s Swan Song
Published August 30, 2017
Is this finally the last Zonda to be produced? Maybe it is, but we cannot take that as a fact, only because Horacio Pagani loves to fulfill his customer wishes. And, quite often, those wishes include the creation of “just one more Zonda” – the Zonda HP Barchetta in this case.
This time, however, he fulfilled his own wish. He crafted a stunning Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta just for himself, and it’s quite possibly the best Zonda a Zonda could hope to be. Apart from this first one produced, the company will build two additional HP Barchetta models.
Zonda HP Barchetta Made Using Huayra BC Pieces
The newest Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta uses some new solutions but leans heavily on pieces and hardware seen on the latest Pagani cars (Huayra BC and previous SE Zondas included). In this regard, the car received a true open top corresponding with its Barchetta nameplate (Barchetta means “Little Boat” in Italian). The windshield and the windows are even lower than on a roadster which creates an interesting silhouette for the car.
But Pagani and their design team did not forget to integrate that cool and unique air scoop behind the seats – just like on the Zonda Cinque Roadster revealed earlier.
The interior also makes use of Huayra BC seats – now covered with ivory leather and tartan trim. After all this is a Pagani we’re talking about – it has to be just as luxurious as it is fast.
Though it was envisioned 18 years ago, the Zonda seems to handle age really well. This particular model uses chrome-moly vanadium steel tubing for the sub frame work. The exterior is made of an extremely tough yet lightweight carbon-titanium hybrid, a proprietary Pagani design. Thanks to this intelligent engineering, the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta tips the scales at 2,756 lbs, possibly making it the lightest V12 car there is.
Speaking of V12s, the one in this car was actually sourced from AMG. Pagani did not address whether the car uses a modern six-liter unit like the Huayra, or the traditional 7.3 L NA motor, but we’re pretty sure it’s the latter.
Other pieces are not any less fantastic; Pagani opted for carbon fiber Brembo brakes on the HP. They hide behind 20-inch APP wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires (21 inches at the back). It also comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, which is arguably one of the coolest features on this Zonda in a world quickly becoming ruled by paddle shifters.
The Zonda HP Barchetta is absolutely stunning, and with only three examples being made, it’s almost a guarantee that you will never see one in person. That shouldn’t be totally heartbreaking though, because even though the Zonda has been around for nearly two decades, I think it’s safe to say this probably isn’t the last special edition Zonda we’ll see. If we know one thing about Horatio Pagani, it’s that he loves the Zonda, and will likely continue to honor it for years to come.