• Feb 5th 2009 at 12:35PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of the Pagani Zonda R

While the closest that most of us will ever get to driving one of Horatio Pagani's creations will be via a Playstation or xBox controller, that doesn't mean we didn't nearly puddle ourselves at the mere sight of the new Zonda R. As we somehow missed out on an invitation when the car debuted in Vienna a few weeks ago, we are nonetheless happy to bring you these first official photos.

Although the Zonda R's sexy self is a sendoff for the current model range, the exoticmaker reports that the car is in fact 90% new. Built using a spendy carbon-fiber/titanium mix (reportedly an industry first) and being at once longer, wider and lower than the Zonda F, the R figures to have real presence to go along with its 739-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine. Zonda says the supercar was inspired by Group C racers, and street legality was not a consideration.

Thanks in part to its light weight (1,070 kilograms, or about 2,360 pounds) and Pagani's first-ever paddleshift gearbox, the rear-drive R will launch to 60 mph in three seconds dead and run up to a 233 mph top speed, provided Sir has paid the help to make sure the adjustable aero bits are properly tweaked.

A total of 16 Zonda Rs are planned, with 15 being offered to the public (the 'extra' model will stay in company hands) at a tidy €1.4M – about $1.8 million Yankee bucks. That's a shedload of cash to be sure, but given that the carbon-titanium work alone is said to have cost more than four times that of the Zonda F, it might actually be a small bargain.

[Source: iMotor]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      That's not a car. That's pornography.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Naw, it can only be considered porn if you can ...... ahhhhh, yeah it's porn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would settle for the F. That roar...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool, I can't wait to get one......

      ....in the expansion car pack for Forza Motorsport on my XBOX360
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, and I really hope they're still working on Forza 2 because there haven't been any new content since March I think =( I really want some new cars to drive like the Alfa 8C Competizione, Ferrari California, VW Scirocco, Subaru STI, Mazdaspped3, C63 AMG + SL65 AMG BlackSeries, Spyker C8, IS-F, GT-R, ZR1, Viper ACR. Man just a lot more cool cars that have come out. And I'd like some more rims to choose from. Sorry for getting carried away with that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      sweet mother of god...
      • 6 Years Ago
      the one and only thing that has always bother me about the Zondas are the headlights. Other than that ....great looking car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where do you put the license plates?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's not legal for street use.
        So this car is pretty much useless.

      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      definitely car porn right there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh lawd have mercy
      • 6 Years Ago
      I sometimes wonder: why don't the automakers make beautiful cars like ZONDA but for much less money. I understand you cannot get a ZONDA cheap, but you can make one look like a ZONDA or a Lamborghini.

      I am willing to spend up-to $50K (if I had it) for a sports car that looks like a ZONDA. It does not have to be carbon-fiber or a V12. It can be a V6 with DI. The chassis can be aluminum. Corvette and Elise are closest to what I want, but they don't look like one.

      If Cadillac would have mass-produced cian, I would have wanted one.

      .. sigh.
      • 6 Years Ago

      That is all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I met Mr Pagani in my town near padova (Italy) two years ago.
      Mr Pagani... and SEVEN Zonda.
      Also is a very nice person..., He show me his personal Prototype Zonda.

      Ciao dall'Italia ;-))
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