Our friend Marchettino had the chance to ride shotgun in a rare Pagani Zonda Tricolore.

Our friend Marchettino had the chance to ride shotgun in a rare Pagani Zonda Tricolore.

The Tricolore is one of Pagani's many special versions of the Zonda and even though it was originally conceived as a one-off tribute to the Italian National Aerobatic Team, it ended up being built in three examples. All of them are based on the Zonda Cinque but with a clear blue lacquer (polish) coating as well as other styling tweaks which jacked up the price to 1.3M EUR back in 2010 when the car came out.

Its heart and soul is AMG's mighty V12 7.3-liter naturally aspirated engine pushing out 670 bhp (500 kW) and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) wrapped up in a body weighing just 1,210 kg (dry). Featuring a six-speed robotized sequential gearbox, the Zonda Tricolore sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.4 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 9.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 220 mph (354 km/h).

For this video, Marchettino installed an external microphone next to the exhaust to better hear the soundtrack provided by the twelve cylinder AMG motor.

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