PAGANI ZONDA C12S
Euro flair: 11
Real world civility: 8
Makes you want to learn the language of its homeland: Mamma mia!
The answer to your question is this: The Pagani Zonda is the motorized brainchild of Horacio Pagani, an Argentine who moved to Modena, Italy, in the early '80s to learn the business of crafting supercars. In fact, before creating his namesake Zonda, he honed his trade at Lamborghini. But this is about a car, not a man, and when it comes to the Zonda, there's plenty of car to talk about. First mention must go to the 550-horsepower, V-12 AMG Mercedes motor, which lends welcome durability, reliability, and drivability to the most ex-otic of Italian road rockets. Next, we might note the 106 individual carbon fiber pieces that go into each car. Or the fact that every piece of the car is traceable via a bookkeeping system. Or the $350,000 you'll have to fork over if you want to make one of them yours (a slightly less powerful model, the C12, produces a mere 394 horsepower and costs only $280,000). Is this the most exotic car in the world? The definition of the word "exotic" is admittedly subjective, so we'll put it this way: There are fewer than two dozen Zondas in existence. And we're willing to bet none of them live on your block. (718) 706-7400 in the U.S. or 011-0039-059-952-811 or www.modena-design.it