• Sep 21, 2009
Pagani Zonda R - Click above for high-res image gallery

A diamond in the rough? We'd hardly consider the plethora of exciting new vehicle debuts and revolutionary concept cars that is the currently ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show as "rough." But behind the Tesla and Mansory show stands in the Messe – that's the German name for the exhibition grounds, not a critique of its tidiness – we stumbled upon a real jewel of carbon fiber and exhaust tubing. Pagani calls it the Zonda R, and it was on display courtesy of the Italian exotic automaker's German distributor.

The ultimate incarnation of the eminently desirable supercar, itself due to be replaced shortly, the $1.8 million track-only Zonda R was unveiled back in February, but this was as close as we've gotten to the vehicle in the carbon yet. It costs about $1.8 million, is constructed out of a carbon-titanium weave, packs 739 horsepower and features Pagani's first sequential gearbox, delivering extreme performance, with a 0-60 mph run of three seconds flat and a 233 mph top end.

Pagani Deutschland had the Zonda R on display with the engine cover removed, and with good reason: the engine bay – really everything aft of the bulkhead – is a beautifully sculpted masterpiece of mechanical engineering, from the 6.0-liter hand-built Mercedes AMG V12 to the inboard F1-style shocks. Unfortunately, the comparatively small display of a local distributor (as opposed to an independent automaker) meant that we couldn't get the kind of beauty shots to which we'd hope you've become accustomed by now, but trust us when we say that in this case, you can bet the devil's in the details. Have a closer look in the gallery below.





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      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago

      @ Venom:

      Yes, you can build that house you described, but once you want to sell it, you won't get what you paid for it, as it goes with all these mulit-million dollar mansions. Mike Tyson's old home that 50 Cent bought, that was well below what he paid for it, Billy Joel selling his Hampton's estate for below what he wanted. The mansion market is VERY fickle and your return on investment is very rare. But in the case of these ultra rare Supercars, you can actually make money.

      Take the Enzo. The MSRP was actually $650,000 (if you were the lucky invited few to buy one at list price), but yet, they are selling over over 1.1 million to 1.5 million depending on color and mileage in the used market. Same with the McLaren F1. All the Zondas are the same. If you bought one, you have a commodity that alot of people want but there are very few to go around. An oddity is the Ford GT Its a car that hasn't lost much value at all since it came out and they built 4,058 cars. While some exotics do drop, these ultra rare built supercars never lose money. I don't see this car ever dropping below what one pays for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If God made a car, it would be a Toyota Prius. If Satan made a car it would be this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, I'm sure I got it right the first time.

        God would want you to drive something green and safe on our planet's environment.

        Satan wouldn't give a **** and would want you to drive a Pagani Zonda R so you can terrorize the streets and do 200Mph flybys past all the little Prius'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you have them reversed...

        Only if God made the zonda, it would be free
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you thoroughly missed my point...

        but ok, we can have it your way also =p
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMO one of the sexiest cars of all time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        I still can't believe this car is street legal
        I love it
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed, 100%, right up there with the McLaren F1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pagani Zonda is the only true supercar as far as I'm concerned. Sexiest thing imaginable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For a moment, I thought, why the back looks awkward. Then I realized that it does not have the body panels on it.

      My favorite super car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is hot but where are all these manufacturers coming with all of these million dollar plus prices all of a sudden.
      I really feel they are just trying to take advantage now and see how much they can get away with charging fools. There is absolutely no way these cars remotely cost anywhere near that to build.

      For $2 million I can go and buy a 12,000 plus square foot mansion with an indoor pool and basketball court in a gated neighborhood with 3 acres and an elevator, a theater and 2 kitchens. How on Earth does a car cost the same?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zamafir, (and all others)

        Sorry, 'bout that, I shouldn't let the trolls get me, but it was against Zonda!

        I've always appreciated the way Pagani went after its own star. They utilized Fangio's genius in developing the original car, so there will always be a little bit of his legend associated with the Zonda.

        The beautiful interior, the exquisite carbon fiber chassis and body, the amazing AMG engine - I agree that this is one of the few cars that can be mentioned in the same breath as the F1.

        I wish I were one of the fools who could afford to buy this masterpiece, Pagani deserves a hefty profit to reward their creation of such superlative design and engineering.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry Venom, I didn't mean to cause any offense.

        It's just the simple truth though, land in Michigan is much cheaper than in many other areas.

        "No one lives in downtown Detroit." That's exactly my point. Land in an undesirable area is undesirable, so the market price reflects that.

        The Zonda is a very desirable car, made in very limited quantities. The Zonda's market price reflects that as well.

        "I really feel they are just trying to take advantage now and see how much they can get away with charging fools. There is absolutely no way these cars remotely cost anywhere near that to build."

        You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but calling the buyers (and who commenting here wouldn't buy one if we could) "fools" is just insulting and shows little concept of how the market works. Sure, not every buyer of the Zonda is an intellectual genius, but they know what they want, and can afford to buy it. The production cost of the Zonda is irrelevant; it is a case of where the value of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

        Imagine if you went to an auction to buy the Mona Lisa, and then complained that it wasn't worth $$$$ because it was only about $20 worth of paint on $5 worth of canvas. You'd be laughed out of the place for not understanding the difference between cost and value. The Zonda is a work of automotive art...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Let's take a walk,

        Sadly I don't live on the lake.
        I only have a one acre lot with a one acre pond with a waterfall in the back and a five acre pond with a couple of fountains to the front of me:) I will survive somehow.

        No one lives in downtown Detroit.
        Come to Bloomfield Hills and go to Turtle Lake Farms and see what you can buy there if you think Michigan is so cheap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The same reason you can purchase a limited run watch for over $100,000. Pagani does it like no other and does it in limited production for his 'typical' cars. Numbers far fewer than ferrari would attempt today. Thus his cars are going to be naturally more expensive as he's relying on a dozen to two dozen a year to cover all the costs associated with his car business. Factor in the sales figures for the Veyron and Aston's estimated run for the One77 and it becomes even more abundantly obvious why he'd charge so much for something which is truly rare in the car world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        these cars are expensive because... they are expensive. research and development costs are huge, they have a new engine and a new gearbox specially built for this car, racing technology is expensive , they have to cover their costs and make a profit. $1.8 million sounds like a lot , but that's less that 1.2 million Euros, that's not a ridiculous price for a car like this , especially when you compare it with other cars in it's category. the Maserati MC12 Corsa for example costs 1 million Euros + Tax.

        whining about the price of vehicles like this is pretty stupid. no one really needs them, they are toys for billionaires who don't care about the price anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously man where do you live
        • 5 Years Ago
        "You are one of those guys that defines your self worth by art and other nonsense."

        "I have a 6,000 square foot home on a gorgeous lot with two ponds, a waterfall and fountains.
        I drive an AMG S class.
        I have a great watch collection including Rolex, Breitling, IWC, Longines, Panerai and Lange & Sohne."

        "I really feel they are just trying to take advantage now and see how much they can get away with charging fools. There is absolutely no way these cars remotely cost anywhere near that to build."

        There are many people who would say the same thing about your taste in cars and watches...

        Pot, meet kettle. I don't suppose I have to explain the meaning of the word hypocrite to the individual with three college degrees. Who p!ssed in your cornflakes this morning? I think you're projecting your insecurities a little bit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        come on guys please don't feed the trolls, please.

        multi paragraph replies that aren't even related to cars? seriously? who the hell cares. Last night I saw 3 homes for sale in michigander for $70,000 that would retail anywhere in San Diego for $400,000+ Who the Hell cars.

        Venom, I've responded to your rhetorical question. All your real-estate off topic astroturfing has nothing to do with the topic at hand. Go research pagani, the supercar market, and economies of scale (which you clearly already have a few degrees invested in) and get back to us. Say with a real argument pursuant to why a car which is faster around the track than anything street legal on earth, and which will be produced in about as many examples you can count on your right hand, shouldn’t cost equal or more than plebian One77s or the all too common veyron.

        Man I thought I was bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Letstakeawalk,

        I am merely showing you that you are not the superior being that you would like to think you are.
        You come on here and think that you can preen about art and old cars and think you are wonderful and I am showing you that there are other people that can clean your clock.
        And you know what, my next door neighbor did not finish college, throws a basketball in a hoop and can clean my clock easily with his $14 million a year salary. He can buy as much class as he wants.
        He can afford these overprices cars easily and he won't buy one.
        It is sad that even an NBA player knows that these cars are a rip off.

        Zamafir,

        I appreciate your attempt at arrogance.
        I understand the concept of economies of scale quite well.
        I do also understand the concept of ripping off idiots quite well also.
        I take shirts that I buy for $1 and sell them to fools for $5 and it has done quite well for me.
        There is no way that this car cost that much to produce and you know it.
        The Veyron came out and the cost for that may have been legitimate, but the other cars now are just trying to capitalize on it now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "A reproduction Mona Lisa looks just like the real thing so what is the difference."

        Your logic is unbeatable - appearance is more important than substance, thank you. Copies are inherently better than the original - those Louvre curators should just hock that thing into the trash since they have so many prints available in the gift shop.

        "You are one of those guys that defines your self worth by art and other nonsense."

        You are so correct, you must have a crystal ball to look into my soul. I'll give up collecting out-of-print books, vintage stereo gear, and old watches because I would be a better person if I only read the latest best seller, owned a Bose all-in-one system, and bought a $15 Timex. All my hobbies mark me as a foolish, foolish man. Thanks for pointing out the error of my ways. I'll push my vintage Opel GT into the river tomorrow morning, and buy a sensible Prius to atone for my sins.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Letstakeawalk,

        You are walking around preening about what you have and how cultured you think you are.
        Let me take you to school.
        I have a 6,000 square foot home on a gorgeous lot with two ponds, a waterfall and fountains.
        I drive an AMG S class.
        I have a great watch collection including Rolex, Breitling, IWC, Longines, Panerai and Lange & Sohne.
        They are guys that you probably look down upon that probably have more in the engine of their boat than your whole collection of stuff.
        It is just stuff at the end of the day.
        So go down to the cafe and have another latte with your buddies.
        I bet you were those stupid glasses that people think makes them look like intellectuals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn that's cheap!
        I live in Boston which tends to be on the expensive side.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "For $2 million I can go and buy a 12,000 plus square foot mansion with an indoor pool and basketball court in a gated neighborhood with 3 acres and an elevator, a theater and 2 kitchens.

        You must live somewhere where residential property is very cheap. Where I live, that $2M would get you into a medium-sized 2-bedroom condo.

        That's how the free market works. I live where people have lots of money (even though I don't), and where they are willing to pay a premium price to live. Zonda can charge as much as they want, because they know that there is a customer who will pay that price to own such a desirable car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "I am in Michigan."

        Ah, that explains it. Unless you live along the lakes, your property cost is well below the national average. $2M goes a LOT further up there than it does in most areas. Imagine what $2M would buy in downtown Detroit (what, like several square blocks?).

        Around here, the estate you describe would likely be in the $20M dollar range.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bloody Magnificent!!!!!!!! I agree McLaren F1, Zonda and E30 M3 = The greatest!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        To quote Sesame Street: "Two of these things are just like each other. One of these things just doesn't belong."
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kip: I LOL'd hard. So true.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I met Oracio pagani in my town, in Italy, years ago (with 7 Zondas, an EB 110, and other cheap cars)...
      I was impressed by him. A real simple person. Not pompous...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Judgments about price are relative to the buyer. I would gladly trade two relatives of anyones choice for one hour with the R
      • 5 Years Ago
      obviously you don't know what rich means
      $2mill would be pocket change for someone positioned to buy this

      and I'm betting with all the things going into making this, it likely costs more than $500k a piece
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