The American version of the Zagato Perana Z-One will debut at the Concorso Italiano event this August. This custom-built, limited-production, Corvette-powered coupe was actually launched in March 2009 in Geneva. It features Italian styling by Zagato and it set to be produced by South African manufacturing firm Hi-Tech.
There had been rumors but it is only now that there's confirmation that it will be offered in the US, with the naming of Superformance as its exclusive US distributor.
It's likely that the strong demand from US buyers made the company decide to allot 99 units each year to sales in the Colonies. Priced at under $100,000, the Perana can be purchased with either the 436hp E-rod LS3 or the 505hp LS7 from the Z06.
Buyers can opt between a six-speed manual transmission and a ZF limited slip differential. A brake upgrade is offered and there are numerous color choices on the exterior as well as the interior.
But the options list for the Perana will be short. However, you can be assured that the car will have many amenities. Leather and Alcantara will be used extensively on the cockpit and a navigation-equipped infotainment system will be standard.
With a Design based on the Zagato form language, the Z-one is clearly a member of the brand’s sports car range. Unlike the style of standard sports car, the Z-one’s volume and proportion are tighter. It is then highlighted with dynamic and long curves and a sharp edge that visually incorporates some of its key design features.
The air outlets are an example of this. These same edges define the surfaces and have been sculpted to retain the new Zagato line the company has taken a decade to develop.
Zagato has long had the practice of masterfully designed cars, and the Zagato Perana Z-One continues to follow this. The Z-One is not a dream car but it is a feasible and practical production model. Sales of the Z-One are expected to start in Europe by July 2009.