The much awaited race version of the highly desirable supercar Pagani Zonda is not far away from being launched. Known as the Zonda R, it is the ambitious plan of founder Horacio Pagani to have a track special version with a limited run of just ten cars. This super super super car will have atleast 750 bhp of power and has pure carbon-fiber construction.
Rumours are rife that Pagani has ditched its original plans to equip the Zonda R with the 7.3-liter V12 Mercedes-Benz AMG engine which does duty in the Zonda F for a 6.0-liter V12 AMG unit with similar output and torque figures. The heavier and less powerful Zonda F set a Nurburgring lap record of 7:27.82 which is faster than a Porsche Carrera GT. With an extra 100hp the Zonda R should be able to shave a few seconds off that time.
The Zonda Cinque, essentially a hyper-limited five-car run of Zonda Rs built for the street rather than private track use, makes the run from 0-200kmph in just 9.8 seconds with a top speed of over 350kmph. Compared to the €1.2 million ($1.53 million) Zonda R, the Cinque is a relative bargain at €800,000 ($1.02 million).