• Jul 14, 2010

Perana Z-One – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Zagato Perana Z-One debuted in Geneva in March of 2009, a custom-built, limited-production, Corvette-powered coupe with Italian styling by Zagato and slated to be built by South African manufacturing firm Hi-Tech. Up until now we weren't sure the rolling masterpiece would ever be sold in the States, but we've finally received word that Superformance has been named the exclusive U.S. distributor and that the American version will debut at the Concorso Italiano event this August. Apparently there was strong enough demand from American buyers to allocate 99 units per year to sales in the Colonies.

The Perana will be priced "under $100,000" and can be ordered with either the 436-horsepower E-rod LS3 or the 505-horsepower LS7 from the Z06. Either will be backed by a six-speed manual transmission and a ZF limited slip differential. There will be an available brake upgrade and color choices inside and out, but other than that, the options list will be short. Not that the car will be lacking in amenities. The cockpit is swathed in leather and Alcantara, and a navigation-equipped infotainment system will be standard. Besides the anticipated performance capabilities of this 2,800-pound GT, owners get exclusivity and a body designed by the same crew that brought us the Maserati GS, Ferrari 575 GTZ, Spyker C12, Diatto Ottovu and Bentley GTZ. We'll be sure to get as many pics as possible during our annual Monterey coverage next month. For now, check out the live and studio shots below.





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      • 4 Years Ago
      Total bummer. I thought it was actually built on the C6 platform. This thing would have been somewhat of a good idea had it been built on a already wonderful chassis. Would have love to seen a more affordable Mantide.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a lot going on here, but those nostrils on the flanks are just way over the top.
      Oftentimes less is more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is perhaps the most unimaginatively styled sports car ever. It looks trite and awkward. I'm sure they'll sell like hotcakes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hello gorgeous. Best Corvette conversion I've seen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mind telling me how it's a conversion when the only relation it has to the Corvette is the 2 engines?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whenever I read Zagato, I know It's gonna be gorgeous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Z

        I couldn't agree with you more, I have always been a huge fan of Zagato. Really surprised to see them even THINK about selling a car below $100,000 though - this is great news :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Chevy-powered Cheetah of the mid-60s, except with a much bigger schnoz.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this design as a design and as a concept in a magazine back in 08. Now it looks outdated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All of that for under $100,000 is a steal. I'll take two, please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've never seen a car thats so hit and miss, depending on which angle you're looking from.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've never been a fan of Zagato, and after seeing this nothing has changed. The design is awkward and unremarkable, which are common traits among most Zagato designs. They're one of the few companies that can take a perfectly nice Aston or Bentley and turn it into an eyesore. But who can blame them, really? There never a shortage of buyers in the the more-money-than-taste club.

        The only redeeming aspect of this particular model is the fact that they didn't go overboard with the price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Have to agree with you.

        Some angles, fantastic, other angles... not so sure.

        Could be the greatest thing ever... or something somewhat odd.

        Seems like a car that really needs to be seen in person.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It really does have bi-polar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zagatos tend to be that way. A supercar dealer in my city, Symbolic Motors, had a Zagato styled car a number of years ago. Specifically the Ferrari 575 GTZ, one of I believe only 2 made. From some angles it was drop dead gorgeous, making even the Mclaren F1 they had seem plain and tame looking. But from other angles it was the ugliest looking thing I had ever seen in my life. Very wierd car, its quite bizarre to walk around a car and have it seemingly morph from a thing of beauty to and ugly beast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        looks like a kit car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ya, i think if they do manage it under 100,000, than i would say its cheaper than one would expect
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry but I'll pass. I see too many OTHER car manufacturers influence to mention...Viper....Shelby.....Maserati ......etc
      • 4 Years Ago
      :O
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will that tube steel chassis pass NHTSB crash tests? Or will it be sold like the Superformance Cobras, a completed car minus the engine?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whether it'll pass the test is neither here nor there.

        The fact that I've seen a Zagato that doesn't make me a little bit sick in my mouth is far more astonishing.
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