And that should be a crime.
The annual Geneva Motor Show is always worth the price of admission. You see, this is where the world’s newest and greatest sports cars, supercars and hypercars often have their live debuts. For example, the iconic 1961 Jaguar E-Type had its premiere at the Swiss show. So it should come as no surprise that Horacio Pagani chose Geneva to showcase his creations, going back to 1999 when the original Zonda C12 premiered. No one ever heard of Pagani at the time, which sounds pretty weird to hear today.
And while most of the media focused its cameras and attention on the new and breathtaking Huayra Roadster, there was a second Pagani present that we felt you ought to see. Behold, the 2002 Zonda S 7.3 Roadster, powered by a naturally aspirated V12 with 547 hp and 550 lb-ft of twist. This thing was so powerful that Pagani had to add ABS brakes and traction control to properly handle the power. Like the Zonda S, the S 7.3 Roadster can make the sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. And no, there was no performance loss compared to its coupe counterpart, despite a minimal weight gain of 66 pounds. The striking yellow Zonda S 7.3 you’re looking at is just one of 40 examples built.
Take note of two additional things: there’s no driver’s side airbag, and a six-speed manual is the transmission of choice. Carbon fiber components, of course, are abundant. Even 15 years after its debut, the Zonda S 7.3 Roadster, and, heck, the entire Zonda lineup, is still as beautiful, if not more so, than ever. Happy viewing, everyone.