Make / Model Search

Future models - Pagani - Zonda - R

Pagani’s wild new Zonda R hits the track

Rare beast: Only 16 Pagani Zonda Rs will be built.

Extreme Italian supercar maker unleashes its latest Nurburgring circuit weapon

9 Feb 2009

THE producer of Italy’s wildest sportscars has come good on its promise to build an even more extreme example of its lauded super-coupe by revealing the production version of its 2007 Frankfurt motor show-stopping Zonda R concept.

Designed to satisfy customers who demanded an even more track-focused variation of the car that made even Ferrari and Lamborghini stop and take notice, the R takes Horacio Pagani’s original Zonda to even more spectacular heights.

Just 16 examples of the limited-edition Zonda R will be produced, with the final version to be retained by Pagani.

Each will cost a cool 1.46 million Euro ($A2.83m) plus taxes – more than the double the price of the original Zonda coupe ($A1.2m when made available in Australia in 2004) and its roadster variant ($A1.4m).

For the money, the Modena maker says the R will set even higher performance benchmarks than the 2005 Zonda F, which set a number of production-car records at the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

186 center image Instead of that car’s AMG-sourced 7.3-litre V12, however, the R employs a race-derived 6.0-litre dry-sump version that delivers an astonishing 551kW at 7500rpm and no less than 710Nm of torque from 5700rpm.

While that’s not quite as earth-rotating as the Clubsport-spec Zonda F, which produced 760Nm at 4000rpm, an impressive weight-to-power ratio of 1.43kg/hp (versus 1.89kg/hp for the F) makes the R the quickest Zonda ever.

Indeed, Pagani says its 551kW peak power output (up from 478kW) is enough to blast the significantly lighter 1070kg Zonda R (Zonda F: 1230kg dry) to 100km/h in an even more eye-watering 2.7 seconds (down from 3.6 seconds) and on to a top speed of 350km/h (5km/h faster than the F).

Billed as a track-day version of the Zonda F as well as “a track toy, a collector’s item, a masterpiece signed by Horacio Pagani”, the Zonda R is allegedly 90 per cent new. It features a carbon-titanium composite monocoque chassis, which plays a major role in reducing weight while increasing body rigidity.

The Benz V12 is bolted directly to it and attached to the accelerator pedal via a mechanical cable to return “immediate throttle response”.

Operated via steering wheel mounted shift paddles is an XTRAC 672 six-speed sequential manual transmission with dog-gearchange supplied by Automac Engineering. It is claimed to change gears in just 20 milliseconds and features a bespoke magnesium casing.

It continues to drive the rear wheels via a self-locking differential, but this time the mid-mounted longitudinal M120 48-valve 60-degree AMG V12 is harnessed by a 12-stage Bosch Motorsport Race ABS and traction control system, which can be manipulated on the move.

Similarly, Pagani says “each driver will be able to find a suitable set-up thanks to a fully adjustable (double A-arm with Ohlins shock absorbers) suspension and wing configuration”, while a new bonnet designed with help from Ennegi, closed underbody and rear diffuser combine to return downforce of up to 1500kg.

Weight-saving components include Aspa forged AvionAl suspension components, machined structural ErgAl parts to locate the engine, Poggipolini Titanium fasteners across the entire vehicle, carbon-fibre bodywork and an interior featuring controls that “are limited to the indispensable”.

Inside there are FIA-homologated bespoke Toora seats and five-point safety harnesses within a chrome-moly steel rollcage.

Four Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs, measuring a massive 380x34mm all round, with six-piston front and four-piston rear callipers round out the safety package, while forged alloy APP wheels are 19-inch up front and 20-inch at the rear, wearing 255/35-section front and 335/30-section rear Pirelli P-Zero tyres.

The Zonda R is 4886mm long, making it 450mm longer than the F, as well as a sprawling 2014mm wide (40mm narrower) and the same 1141mm high. It rides on a 2785mm wheelbase – 55mm longer than the F.

Read more:

First look: Pagani Zonda R is ready to rumble

The Road to Recovery podcast series

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Pagani models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here