Most of us know about the Pagani Zonda. For those of you who don’t know about it, a brief overview: imagine the meanest looking supercar you can conceptualize. Now, double it. And place four exhaust pipes where a normal car might have the license plate. That is the Pagani Zonda.
Most people also know the Pagani Zonda used an AMG engine. For those of you who once again don’t know this, a brief overview: the Pagani Zonda used an AMG engine. It was a 7.3-liter V12 that made some monstrous amount of power and torque that print magazines probably used exclamation points to describe.
Admittedly, the Zonda also used a few other engines, but the 7.3 was the pinnacle. Now, here’s something you don’t know: this engine was also available in an SL-Class.
Yes, that’s right: the mid-1990s Mercedes SL73 AMG actually existed. It’s the largest engine ever to go into an SL-Class (and probably any roadgoing Mercedes), though, admittedly it wasn’t the most powerful. Still: 525 horses is nothing to scoff at. Apparently, the later SL70 AMG also shared its powerplant with 7.0-liter versions of the Zonda.
Unfortunately, Mercedes never sold the SL73 AMG here, almost undoubtedly because warranty costs would’ve bankrupted them. But somewhere in Europe, some old guy who went into the Mercedes dealer and said he wanted the “top of the line SL-Class” is driving a luxury convertible with the same engine as the Pagani Zonda. How cool is that?