Pagani Zonda R – Official Commercial
It’s a 750hp carbon fibre missile aimed right at the soft underbelly of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ascari, Gumpert and other exotica. Pagani exceeds itself again.
When the Pagani Zonda was first revealed it proved that the supercar world did not revolve around Ferrari and Lamborghini. So to commemorate Horacio Pagani’s achievement, the carmaker has created one last version of the Zonda before its replacement arrives next year.
After 24 months of development the Pagani Zonda R was born as a lightweight, track-only variant of the iconic coupe. Production is limited to ten examples with a price tag of 1.4-million euros.
Although the carbon fiber exterior is deceiving, the Pagani Zonda R only carries over 10% of its structure from its predecessors. The wheelbase has grown by 47mm to 394mm and the track has been widened by 50mm. An all-new carbon fibre monocoque chassis sits underneath the wind-tunnel tested body, along with a forged aluminum suspension, new six-speed sequential gearbox and four aero-spec fuel pumps that feed into a Mercedes-Benz AMG-sourced 6.0-litre V12. Pagani claims the new powerplant will produce 750 hp at 8,000 rpm and 524 lb-ft of torque, for a staggering 0-100Km time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 400kph. Air is fed into the 12-cylinder through a carbon fibre air intake system, while an Inconel manifold and “F1-style” exhaust release the gases and maintain correct engine temperature.
Pagani makes it clear that the Zonda R is a not road legal, and one eccentric owner is having the Zonda delivered and installed into his living room.
The Pagani Zonda is facing down retirement, it’s due to be replaced by Pagani’s next masterpiece, currently code-named the C9. To see the current Zonda off, Pagani is working on the Zonda R, limiting production to ten examples. The ‘R’ must stand for really expensive, the vehicle has a price tag of â‚¬2,000,000 ($4.3m NZ).
Despite looking very similar to the Zonda F, the R only shares ten percent of the outgoing model’s underpinnings, and instead, gets a brand new shape that’s 47mm longer, providing even greater downforce through the use of a longer splitter, rear defuser and wing.
Pagani won’t be reusing the 750-hp, 7.3-liter Mercedes motor, instead it will go for the 6.0-liter AMG V12 putting out similar hp and torque figures. Five road-going versions are planned, while the remaining five will be limited to circuit action only. The Zonda R should be unveiled next year, most likely at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.