Here's why the €15M Zonda HP Barchetta is worth every penny
This is the Pagani HP Barchetta and let's get straight to the point: it is extremely expensive and it is magnificent. It costs 15 million euros (albeit some sources reported different price tags), only three units were built and don't reach for your piggy bank and a hammer just yet because, alas, they're all sold out.
The Bugatti Voiture Noire, introduced at this year's Geneva Motor Show and Villa d'Este, was basically just a shell and we don't know when it's going to go on sale so at the moment the HP Barchetta, which is fully-functioning and road legal, is the most expensive car in the world.
It is powered by a 6 L biturbo V12 789bhp and 1,100 Nm of torque, rear-wheel-drive, par for the course. The gearbox is a 6-speed manual with a mechanical locking diff. It also has massive brakes, something it needs to have, with 380m ventilated discs six-piston calipers up at the front and four-piston calipers at the back. It sits on 20-inch wheels and 21-inch wheels at the front and back respectively.
From the outside it looks like any other Zonda except for a few details here and there. For example, the back wheels are partially covered by an extension of the body-work, plus there's a fin of some sort (Mr. James May might help me find the appropriate term) which protrudes over the cabin and a giant spoiler. Unsurprisingly, thanks to an extensive use of carbon fibre, it only weighs 1,250 kg.
Inside we find elaborate details which will almost certainly spark debate and comments because there's a little bit of everything. There's Tartan, which is not actually Tartan because it's blue and beige and red, wood, leather, aluminium and carbon fibre all thrown in a complicated and convoluted mix of styles and patterns.
This car costs 15 million euros, which is enough to buy several Bugattis, hundreds of Ferraris and thousands of Porsche. You could even find private jets that cost less than this. So how, you ask, can this be worth 15 million euros? I think there are two main reasons.
One, only three were built, one of which was made for Horacio Pagani himself, and that means that there are two lucky owners somewhere that just bought an exquisite piece of engineering. An exclusive and unique supercar. I know that 15 million is an absurd price but that's us. To the owners of this HP Barchetta that's probably the sort of pocket money they forgot in a blazer somewhere. And two, they're charging 15 million 'cause they can.
As seen at this year's Parco Valentino car show in Turin. The show is held at the "Parco del Valentino" public park in Turin in June every year. Admission is free and you can get your free ticket here. It grants access to all parts of the show including collateral events, parades and gatherings which take place in the courtyard of the "Castello del Valentino’s" and in the other locations. The ticket will also give you a 30% discount on train tickets to and from Turin from anywhere else in Italy.