Open-top Zonda is being produced in three units and claimed to be ‘last ever’ variant

Pagani has pulled a surprise move by revealing a new Zonda called the HP Barchetta, despite previous promises that the supercar model was now discontinued.

On show at the weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, the open-top supercar is a 1250kg lightweight special due to be produced in just three units – one of which is destined for brand boss Horacio Pagani’s own personal collection.

Pagani claims that the HP Barchetta is the final version of its long-standing Zonda, which has been in production since 1999. However, the Italian brand has produced several ‘final’ Zondas over the past seven years, casting some doubt over that promise. The Zonda's successor, the Huayra, has been on sale since 2012.

The HP Barchetta features a trimmed wraparound windscreen and does without a roof, making it a permanent open-top. The car’s Mercedes-AMG 7.3-litre V12 engine, the output of which remains unconfirmed, is fed through an air intake located between the seats.

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Previous ‘run-out’ variants of the Zonda such as the Cinque Roadster produced 669bhp and could hit 62mph in 3.4sec. That car weighed 1210kg, suggesting the new HP Barchetta could offer similar straight-line statistics.

No pricing has been revealed, but previous low-volume Zondas have fetched in excess of £1 million.

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22 August 2017

Since the Zonda has soldiered on since 1999, why not tweak its exterior and interior and continue making it? Screw the Huayra instead.

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29 September 2017

I've always dreamed of owning a Koenigsegg, not a Pagani, but the more YouTube Hypercar videos I watch, the more I warm to Pagani. 

Out of the Zonda and Huayra, I think the Zonda is much better looking and given a lottery win - another dream because I don't even buy a ticket - then a Cinque or any other Zonda special would definitely be in my garage. The Huayra just doesn't do it for me.

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