Let's pretend for a tick that it's 1992 and you're a successful yuppie that just signed a huge business deal that will bring you millions. You're going back to your mansion in your Mercedes 560 SEC and you're thinking about it again. It's something that's been on your mind ever since you got that job and now you've got the funds to do it. Yes, you're finally getting that Italian supercar you always dreamed about but which one? You really like that Lamborghini Diablo and you've also spotted the new Ferrari 512TR and you got blown away. But suddenly you remember your boss in the office talking about this new car named the Cizeta. You had no clue what he was talking about then but you researched the company and found that they sell a supercar that looks stunning and has a V16 engine. In your yuppie mind more cylinders equals better so the more you think about it the more you like the idea of owning it. Two days later you went at the dealer in Beverly Hills where they had one and you can swear you almost bought it but this silver Diablo sitting on the showroom floor was too good to pass and if you want to be honest you got scared of buying this unknown and mad car. Well, my dear and imaginary yuppie friend you weren't the only one that got scared cause in its 4 year production run only 20 Cizeta V16s were made. So what is this wild machine anyway?
In short it's Marcello Gandinis proposed (and ultimately rejected) Diablo body fitted with two daisy chained Urraco engines that form a collosal V16 engine that made 560 horsepower and reached 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Numbers though can't be used to describe how crazy the car and the company that made it actually are. Starting from the body the V16T was supposed to be the successor to the Countach and its majestically angular styling. New Lamborghini owner Chrysler and Lee Iacocca were uncomfortable with the proposed design though and commissioned a design team in Detroit to come up with a redesign. The "softer" end result left Gandini so unimpressed that he left the project and took his baby with him which he put into production after a joint venture with engineer Claudio Zampolli and music composer Giorgio Moroder. The name? Cizeta, which was comprised of a group of ex Lamborgini employees that developed what was the company's first and so far only car.
The car was wide, wild and meaty. Then again it had to be cause it housed an engine so big it can only be compared to Bugatti's W16 although there's an important difference. The Chiron uses a sophisticated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and four wheel drive to put all that power down where as the V16T is rear wheel drive and uses a 5 speed ZF manual transmission. Just the thought of driving this beelzebub of a car sounds terrifying but apparently everything was fine tuned to perfection. From the Koni suspension and the unequal-length wishbones to the 12 inch drilled and slotted Brembo racing disks this was a serious car. Zampolli made the car according to what he wanted it to be and so the V16T was very impressive for its time. For example, the cabin was roomier and more comfortable than that of the Diablo and it also had better rear visibility which made it a better "car" than the Diablo. Take that Lamborghini!
But it was after all the dream car of one man and as such it was very niche, something that's proved by the extremely low production numbers. After the original 4 year run there were two more cars built, a coupe in 2001 and a spyder in 2003 and allegedly even in 2019 you can still order a brand new one from Cizeta. It's not exactly cheap though as the coupe costs $650,000 and the spyder an extra 200,000 on top of that which sounds ridiculous for a car that has its roots in the decade of pastels, popped collars and bush-haired Jeremy Clarkson. I think that for the right kind of petrolhead (that has the right kind of wallet) this could be the perfect supertoy. Expensive, mental and dangerous. What could go wrong?
What are your opinions? Would you buy an almost 30 year old italian supercar in 2019 or is it too much of a dream?