A 1993 Cizeta V16T, which wowed crowds in period at the Geneva Motor Show and was originally bought by the Sultan of Brunei, is up for sale at a Miami vintage supercar dealership.
The story of the Cizeta began in the late 1980s when musician Giorgio Electric Dreams Moroder teamed up with Claudio Zampoli to create the ultimate supercar of the era. Penned by Marcello Gandini and developed by ex-Lamborghini engineers the car was first unveiled in 1988 as the Cizeta-Moroder V16T. By 1990 Moroder and Zampoli had fallen out and the car became simply the Cizeta (from Zampoli’s initials as pronounced in Italian Ci-Zeta).
The design, especially at the front, was heavily influenced by Gandini’s work on the Lamborghini Diablo, and the side strakes would have been very familiar to Ferrari Testarossa owners. What really set the Cizeta-Moroder apart was its engine. Its six-liter V-16 was essentially two Lamborghini Urraco units joined together. With eight camshafts, 64 valves, two fuel injection systems, four cylinder heads, and two timing chains this was a fiendishly complex engine. Transversely mounted amidships it drove the rear wheels via a five-speed ZF manual gearbox. Power was a claimed 547 hp at 8000 rpm, giving the V16T 0-62 mph acceleration in four seconds and a top speed of 204 mph.
The interior was a luxurious leather-fest by Bruno Paratelli and featured electronic climate control to cosset its passengers over long distances. With a 37-gallon fuel tank the V16T could certainly cover a decent amount of ground without stopping. This example has covered just 600 miles since new, having been delivered from the Modena factory to Singapore and never road registered.
In 1991 the list price was $650,000, but today the price is available upon application at Curated. You can bet it will be significantly higher.