I’m sure not many of you know, but today is Horacio Pagani’s birthday. In doing so, it would only make it a proper day to post the review of the infamous Pagani Zonda Revolucion designed by Horacio himself.
The car was first commissioned in 1992, but was officially unveiled in 1999 at the Geneva Auto show. However, 14 years later, 2 years after the supposedly end of the Zonda lifespan, Pagani unveiled the last ultimate Zonda. The Zonda Revolucion. Within the heart of the Revolucion, lies an AMG 6.oL V12 developing 800hp and 730Nm of torque, allowing it to have a power to weight ratio of 748hp per ton. At the price of $3 million for this track only toy, it became a direct competitor with other hyper-track only cars such as the Ferrari FXX, McLaren F1 GTR Longtail, Maserati MC12 Corsa just to name a few.
I can’t stress how gorgeous the car is. AutoArt hit a homerun with this one. Everything from the stance, to the overall shape, is spot on. Every God damn grill is perforated. Every single panel has carbon fiber on it. Every tiny detail on the real car is there. It’s just ridiculous to think this is a 1:18 to begin with.
The air deflector is so extreme that it’ll likely scare the crap out of you just sitting here. AutoArt managed to include so much detail in the Revolucion that i’m basically speechless.... I honestly don’t know what the say at the moment. Hell, the carbon fiber pattern even follows through onto the inner side of the hood, which like the rear portion of the car, does come off.
Attention to details: 9/10
This isn’t a car with eye popping articulate motions. The doors don’t swoop up like the Huayra, the hood and engine cover doesn’t pop forward and out like any Lamborghinis or Ferraris. The car features normal door hinges... same as your Toyota Prius. Although i do have to mention the doors open at a slight upward angle instead of being parallel to the rest of the car.
Also to note, is that the quad-exhaust pipes are made of stainless steel, so no complaints here!
Engine bay: 9.5/10
Now most of you might argue that by the looks of it, the engine is perfect and well deserves a 10/10. However, upon further examination, plastic mold lines are present on the car. Now this is something CMC would never allow. But don’t let that detract you from the model. The suspension arms and springs are fully functional. Every detail you’d expect on the real car is represented faithfully, furthermore, most of the materials that makes up the engine is made of metal.
AutoArt picked the dark blue carbon weave because it was the Geneva Auto Show version. The blue actually looks darker than it already seems. From the distance, it almost looks black. However, under the sunlight, is where the model starts to shine.
I can’t stress how great AutoArt does on their carbon fiber patterns. Basically any late model AutoArt has ever done with carbon fiber, are done to perfection. When you compare the level of realism of the patterns to how they used to be a decade or so ago, it almost seems they’re made by two completely different companies. The result of the model under display, is mesmerizing.
(in fact, i have to note that all the carbon fiber details on the model makes it hard for my camera to focus. So taking pictures makes it a bit harder as compared to other models i have.)
The interior is quite sparse, as it is a Le Mans car. The blue touches on the air vents, door handles, seats and buttons are quite nice too. The interior of the Revolucion doesn’t differ from the Zonda R too much, except for more buttons on the steering wheel. Also, the seats features actual cloth seatbelts and metal buckles.
What can i say.......i LOVE black wheels. They give any car that much more menacing look. The set on the Revolucion just proves my point. The blacked out rims are wrapped in the sticky Pirelli PZero corsas. AutoArt went in and added the letterings in white, as they appear on the real car as well. The carbon ceramic brakes and blue calipers are done really well. As i’ve said before, wheels/brakes/calipers are one of AutoArt’s strongest points. In fact, it’s one of the best in the diecast industry. Oh, and did i mention AutoArt actually went in and scuffed the tires a little to make it look like it’s been driven around on? Great touch AA!
In the 6 categories i have for this review, I would give the car a 58/60, or ~97 out of 100. The model is made up of 707 seperate parts as stated in the booklet, with this, AutoArt has achieved a new record making the Revolucion the model with the most amount of parts. i’m absolutely blown away by the level of complexity and details AutoArt has accomplished. In fact, this might as well be the best model AutoArt has ever done.
There. I’ve said it. The best model AutoArt has ever done.
Now do i recommend this model?
That depends on quite a few factors. #1 being are you willing to spent the high price for one? Do you think of it as a piece of art and not a toy? Do you want collect supercars?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, i undoubtedly recommend this model. This car has a great shelf presence, but if you want a centerpiece for your collection, i’d go with the Huayra... or maybe a 1:8 Pocher Aventador as i do for my centerpiece ;)
Because i’ve taken a crap load of pictures, i will be uploading a seperate photodump article in the next few days, giving you guys a better look at the model.