The Zonda is on its way out, but that doesn’t mean it will go quietly. So before the replacement for Pagani’s current supercar arrives, there is one more edition of this wild Italian and Pagani has revealed it in Vienna at the Luxury Motor Show.

The Zonda R is limited to only 15 units, each priced at €1.4 million euro (about $1.85 million at current rates). It will compete with models like the Ferrari FXX and Maserati MC12 Corse. Just like those Italian exotics, don’t bother trying to hang a license plate on this Zonda; this car is track only.

The Zonda R is powered by a V12 AMG engine that delivers 750 hp (100 more than the Zonda F) at 8000 rpm and 524 lb. ft. of torque. Although it looks like other Zondas, this only uses ten percent of the Zonda F components. New parts include a suspension forged in Avional (aluminium alloy), a new Pagani six-speed transversal sequential gearbox, and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis.

UPDATE 12/10/2010:Marchettino has provided an eight-minute video devoted solely to one of our favorite cars in the world, the Pagani Zonda R. There aren’t a lot of cars on this planet that we can watch for eight minutes straight, but the Zonda R is definitely one of them. In this video, the Zonda R is being driven by former Formula One driver Andrea Montermini, where he takes one of the fastest cars in the world for a number of driving demonstrations, including launches, full throttle standing starts, tire-screeching accelerations, full-limit revs, and even fly-bys. Check it out after the jump!!

Hit the jump to read more about the Pagani Zonda R.

Exterior and Interior

2009 Pagani Zonda R
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Despite carrying the same "Zonda" name, only 10% of the components from the Zonda F will be carried over. This car is larger with the wheelbase getting an extra 47mm, the overall length getting an additional 394mm and the track increased by 50mm. Meanwhile, the bodywork and aerodynamics have been studied to offer maximum downforce.

The R version will be built from the same materials as the Zonda F: carbon fiber, avional, titanium, inconel, and other state of the art materials. The model will also receive a bespoke HiFi System that will allow the customer to listen to the sounds of this car at Le Mans and the Nurburgring.

2009 Pagani Zonda R Interior
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The model will be further distinguished by a longer front bonnet with flaps, closed underbody, and a rear overhang with adjustable rear wing and race derived diffusor, which all translate into shattering aerodynamic efficiency.

Being a car developed for the track, the interior features bespoke Toora seats, FIA approved and compliant with the latest HANS standards, along with five-point safety belts and roll-cage. The Zonda R has also received a special Digitek instrumentation that provides the essential information and a sophisticated telemetry through a variety of sensors to monitor every single component of the car.


2009 Pagani Zonda R Interior
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Under the hood of the Zonda R, Pagani has placed a V12 engine developed by the racing specialists at Mercedes AMG. The engine borrows the basic architecture including an ingenious dry sump allowing a low center of gravity from the CLK GTR. It features a lightweight carbon fiber high-performance intake system, a racing multiple disc sintered clutch, and a Formula 1 style exhaust system, hydroformed in Inconel 625 and ceramic coated for optimal heat dissipation.

The engine delivers a total of 750 HP at 8000 rpm and 523 lbs-ft of torque and is mated to a 6 speed transversal manual sequential synchronised gearbox. This will allow the Zonda R to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 217 mph.

The V12 engine is combined with a central carbon chassis, new front and rear subframes, a new suspension geometry, magnesium forged rims with central wheel nuts, and a quick pneumatic lifting system.


2009 Pagani Zonda R
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Pagani will build only 15 units of this impressive Zonda R, each carrying a price tag of €1.4 million euro (about $1.85 million at current rates).


2009 Pagani Zonda R
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Since the Zonda R is a model developed specifically for the race track, you can easily imagine that not many people will have the chance to actually drive it. However, those who can and will, they’ll have to test it up against models like the Ferrari FXX and the Maserati MC12 Corse to see if it can hang with the best of the crowd. This may prove to be an easy task considering the Zonda R recorded a Nurburgring Nordschleife lap-time of 6:47. By comparison, the MC12 Corsa established a time of 7:24.29 back in 2008.


2009 Pagani Zonda R High Resolution Exterior
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Engine Mercedes-Benz AMG - M120 - 12 cylinder V 60°, 48 valves; displacement 5987 ccm, dry sump
Max. Torque Nm/rpm: 710/5.700
Stroke 80,20 mm
Bore 89,00 mm
Traction control 12 Stage - Bosch Motorsport traction control system
Intake Single throttle bodies, mechanically operated
Exhaust system Hydroformed Inconel, ceramic coated
Transmission Longitudinal mid engine; rear wheel drive with self-locking differential
Gearbox XTRAC 672 bespoke magnesium casing gearbox, 6 speed sequential dog gearchange with Automac Engineering AMT system
Carbon-ceramic brakes 4 ventilated Brembo disks, hydraulic power brake; 12 Stage - Bosch Motorsport Race ABS
Discs Front 380x34 mm 6 piston caliper; Rear 380x34 mm 4 piston caliper
Wheels Forged alloy APP wheels; 19” front, 20” rear
Tyres Pirelli P Zero Zonda R: front 255/35/19; rear 335/30/20
Suspensions 4 independent wheels with double A-arm; Forged Avional suspension arms; pull rod helical springs and Öhlins adjustable shock absorbers
Structure Central carbon-Titanium chassis, Engine is a stressed member; front and rear Cr Mo space frames; bodywork carbon fiber MD System
Dimensions Length 4886 mm; Width 2014 mm; height 1141 mm; Wheelbase 2785 mm; Dry weight 1070 kg
Safety Roll cage in Cr Mo steel; carbon fibre seats HANS compatible; five point harness
Performance 0-100 km/h in 2,7 sec
Top speed > 350 km/h
Weight-to-Power ratio 1,43 kg/hp
2009 Pagani Zonda R High Resolution Exterior
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  • Leave it
    • Track only
    • Comes in limited edition
    • Expensive

Zonda R breaks the Nurburgring record!

Eight minute video of the Pagani Zonda R tearing it up!

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  (2) posted on 01.3.2013

Best zonda ever I’ll miss it although it’s
brilliance and uselessness

  (3) posted on 11.24.2011

ive tryed this car on nfs prostreet and i couldnt stop crashing it it was so fast

  (2) posted on 09.16.2011

its funny this car cant compete in races and cant even be driven on some tracks due to the tracks noise reduction rules, so unless you are a collector or have a private course its basically pointless but looks AMAZING! but if they could make it able to compete i would imagine that it would win over 75% if not 85% of its races.

  (256) posted on 08.4.2011

Wow. This is a cool one. The car is slender looking and is very thin so more probably it will deliver a maximum speed. I also like the red lining within the car. It makes it alive and aggressive.

  (382) posted on 05.12.2011

I’m not really please with the record! A showdown race between the Zonda R and 599XX, is the best way to test the real power of their engine! I think this would be more fair for the two!

  (412) posted on 05.12.2011

Well, as expected this car would be always has a sporty look and impressive performance that’s why it has beaten the record of Ferrari 599XX. Well, in that was based the successor of the Ferrari 458 Italia, so lets assume that its very powerful car and yet lose against the Pagani!

  (858) posted on 05.9.2011

This car is most loved by car enthusiast! And everybody’s eyes is on this car once it hit in the race track! I just like Pagani for creating such lovely car just like the Huayra! And the record is great as well!

  (613) posted on 05.9.2011

Although it has an impressive speed, it can’t be called as the fastest car..Well, Bugatti Caliber has an 1000 hp output. And Porsche car can produced up to 800 hp much higher than the boost power of this car.

  (5) posted on 05.7.2011

so we can say that is the fastest car?

  (558) posted on 04.18.2011

hmm. I don’t think that it would be great if they are going to put a gull wing for this Zonda. If that one will happen, I’m afraid that the carbon fiber chassis of the car would be useless!

  (472) posted on 03.30.2011

Oh Yeah! Pagani is always been so gorgeous! It perfectly combines the luxury and sportiness on this car. BTW, I think it’s much better if they consider to put the gull wing on the Zonda..That would be great! 

  (498) posted on 02.6.2011

I remember guys crashing their street bikes and buying race fairings to repair them and installing PIA’s so they could get them back on the street. get a real headlight design. or at least put a fake carbon piece over it like Lambo did with the diabolic.

  (417) posted on 02.6.2011

Using PIA for head lights is so old school . this design lacks real depth of thought. those scoops at the bumper facial aren’t to cohesive. Same goes for the diffuser from 3/4 angle looks like a freaking kit car.

  (340) posted on 12.16.2010

You know when you’re holding a baby, and they struggle against you as they reach out and clench/unclench their fingers towards whatever it is they want?

  (1332) posted on 12.15.2010

yes they are complaining about the speed, acceleration and suspension.. but what the heck as long as its fast then there will be no problem.

  (460) posted on 12.15.2010

Given the chance to own any car in production or otherwise, I’d choose this one. Unmatched on the track, ridiculously hot looking. pure automotive nirvana.

  (807) posted on 12.14.2010

what are you trying to say dude? hahaha can’t understand you zonda is one hell of a car.. i can accelerate faster than your imagination can.

  (806) posted on 12.14.2010

You know when you’re holding a baby, and they struggle against you as they reach out and clench/unclench their fingers towards whatever it is they want?

  (73) posted on 12.14.2010

This beast is out of control. Seeing it on the track makes me compare it to a F1 car... and unfortunately there is nothing cooler than a F1 car, maybe a rocket!

  (763) posted on 12.13.2010

Agreed. Given the chance to own any car in production or otherwise, I’d choose this one. Unmatched on the track, ridiculously hot looking. pure automotive nirvana.

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