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Zagato-Designed Perana Z-One Goes Live

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On: Thu, May 19, 2011 at 9:37AM | By: Chris Weiss

Zagato-Designed Perana Z-One Goes Live

I'm officially designating May 2011 as "Zagato Month." The coach-builder isn't a foreign name to automotive blogs and media, but I've never seen it mentioned so much as I have in the past couple weeks. First, it was the Alfa/Dodge TZ3 Stradale (okay, that was late April, but the buzz carried over). Then it was an Aston Martin-Zagato teaser. And now it's news about the Perana Z-One.

Unlike the other two Zagatos of recent fame, the Perana isn't a new car; it was introduced more than two years ago at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. However, orders have officially opened for the South African supercar as of this week. The car will be available in the United States, and U.S. distributor Superformance plans to offer 99 models per year.

The Perana is the result of a team-up between South African specialty carmaker Hi Tech, the aforementioned Italian coachbuilder Zagato, and Perana Performance Group. The car was meant to evoke the simple, visceral pleasure of motoring and uses components that match that intent. The engine options come from pure, unapologizing, American stock; buyers can opt for the 443-hp 6.2-liter GM LS3 V-8 or the 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7 V-8. Whatever the engine, transmission options are limited to six-speed manual.

No hard figures have been released yet, but the Perana should hit 62 mph in under four seconds and 100 mph in under 10.

Like Zagato's other recent offerings, the Perana Z-One is defined by smooth, eye-pleasing curves all over. The car is a grand tourer with 2 + 2 configuration.

Pricing is said to be less than 70,000 pounds ($113K). If you have enough cash, you can opt into buying the limited edition timepiece from David Yurman. You know, because nothing complements an exotic sports car like a loud wristwatch with florescent orange hands.

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