Non-enthusiasts see Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, and Lamborghini as the ultimate in automotive status symbols. Beyond them, though, exists a league of hypercars reserved exclusively for the super rich. Brands including McLaren, Koenigsegg, and Pagani aren’t household names, but they produce some of the fastest and most exclusive cars on the planet.
So what does it take to own a hypercar like the Pagani Zonda? The V12 600 horsepower Pagani Zonda S had a price tag of half a million dollars when it was new. It can be found on the open market anywhere from $300-450,000, depending on mileage and condition.
The service schedule, surprisingly, is not as bad as one might think. A full service is recommended every 6,000 miles. With a cost just over $2,000 (assuming no major work is required after full vehicle inspection) and includes engine, transmission, and differential oil changes. Spark plugs are recommended to be changed every 40,000 miles and the fuel tank must be replaced every ten years.
Insurance companies consider the Zonda to be in the same group as the Bugatti Veyron and McLaren F1, so expect insurance costs to be at minimum $10,000 annually after you have moved your entire insurance relationship to that provider.
Owners report an average of 15-17mpg. Assuming 4,000 driving miles per year and $4.20/gallon for premium fuel, it will cost about $1,000 annually to fuel the vehicle.
Without factoring depreciation the Pagani Zonda S costs $12-15,000 per year to own. Undoubtedly that number will increase with time, as major services will not be easy on the wallet. Then again, if you’re looking for an affordable hypercar, you’re doing it wrong.