A one-of-a-kind Pagani Zonda Aether is slated to go under hammer next month. If you’re interested in purchasing the manual-transmission hypercar, you better prepare at least $5.5 million, because that’s the highest estimated price of the machine. In other words, it’s a bank-breaking $2 million more than Pagani’s current wildest model, the Huayra BC.
If you have little knowledge of Pagani’s broad and puzzling series of Zondas, you may need an explanation on what’s so special about this particular hypercar, which was built based on one of the five Zonda Cinque Roadsters.
Commissioning the car was Ronnie Kessel, who is also the owner of the one-off Ferrari SP38 according to CarThrottle. The Aether is different from the Cinque as it has redesigned front and rear aero, a modified taillight configuration, door straps instead of handles, and a custom audio headset. These are some of the features that make the Aether stands out from the rest of Zondas.
But what’s more important is that the hypercar packs a six-speed manual gearbox, making it something extremely desirable but also unattainable for most performance car aficionados. The collector transmission is paired to a 7.3-liter naturally-aspirated AMG V12 engine cranking out 760 horsepower. Combine that output with a weight of less than 3,000 pounds and you’ll get a good power-to-weight-ratio, which is accompanied by nice handling to make it a perfect vehicle.
RM Sotheby’s will be the one to sell the Pagani Zonda Aether on November 30 during the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with an estimated price of between $4.5 and $5.5 million. These numbers shouldn’t make your eyes pop already, because the Zonda Aether may not be the most costly car sold there. Another amazing vehicle that will go to this auction is Michael Schumacher’s Championship-Winning Ferrari F2002 car, which may have a higher value.