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Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Pagani
Model Pagani Tricolori
Engine 7.3l V12
Power 505kW
Torque 780Nm
Zero To Hundred 350km/h
Top Speed 3.4 sec
Weight 1 226kg
Front Suspension Magnesium and Titanium Wishbones
Rear Suspension Magnesium and Titanium Wishbones
The Italians, despite having scant respect for their government, are deeply patriotic people.

Take Ferrari’s latest supercar, the 458, for instance. It’s not called the Italia for nothing. You don’t see Porsche’s latest 911 Turbo affixed with a Deutschland moniker, or GM releasing a Corvette Born in the USA.

So, it should come as no surprise that Pagani, the revered Italian supercar manufacturer fronted by Argentine national Horacio Pagani, has now paid homage to the fine men of the Italian Air Force’s Frecce Tricolori display flying team.

The Italian air force undoubtedly boasts Nato's best dressed pilots. Not that good at bombing stuff though...

Special pilots, special car

In one fell swoop Horacio Pagani has shown his commitment to Italian national pride by building a car to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori, whilst deflecting attention (and enquiries) away from his forthcoming Zonda replacement – the C9.

Considering Pagani's penchant for special edition versions of the Zonda supercar, this latest one is hardly surprising.

Although the Italian military is better known for wearing sunglasses everywhere on deployment (even in winter), this Pagani Tricolori does strike a chord of sorts dressed up in pseudo-military (well, air force) livery.

Based on the Zonda Cinque, the Tricolore boasts special (well standard fare for Pagani) carbon-titanium weave construction. It’s carbon surfacing has essentially been left bare (for that industrial designer’s wet-dream look), only to be touched up by a clear blue lacquer.

Around the front red, white and green stripes converge - representing the Italian flag’s colours. The rump sports unique vertical tail-fin air intakes, cueing an authentic aeronautic design infleunce - something Pagani promises will be even more pronounced on the new C9 supercar.

Typically elaborate cabin design has plenty of blue surfacing - not recommended for those easily given to car sickness...

Special price, take-off speed performance

Pagani will only be retailing one Tricolore – the one in the image gallery – for $1.75m. We think it looks rather neat with the blue finish contrasting excellently with those yellow wheels.

Performance should be outstanding too – it boasts an AMG fettled narrow-angle 6l V12 engine, albeit detuned from R spec, good for 505kW and 780Nm.

Set the Tricolore on a stretch of high-friction runway and those Pirelli P Zero tyres should enable it to run past 100km/h from standstill in 3.4 seconds before locking onto a target top speed of 350km/h.

Those numbers, we think, should appease the fine pilots of the Frecce Tricolori…


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