Gallery: the Pagani Zonda in pics
From the humble 394bhp C12 up to the bonkers 789bhp Revolucion, here’s the Zonda story
Posted: 10 Jun 2013
Pagani Zonda R
So good, it caused Clarkson to tap the steering wheel in respect. So fast, it lapped our little track two seconds quicker than a Ferrari FXX with a Michael Schumacher behind the wheel. Oh, and so loud, we had to give Jeremy a special mic to hear him properly. Yup, the Zonda R was about the most bonkers Zonda we thought we'd ever see, a supposed last hurrah for the carbon-fibred tub of Noise. Obviously, it wasn't, but it stands today as a benchmark of excess and, erm, noise.
The 7.3-litre AMG V12 was ditched in favour of a 6.0-litre AMG V12 (from the same M120 engine family as the original C12), but fear not: this new version boasted more power, to the tune of 750bhp and 523lb ft of torque. This "precious gem" of a V12 was bolted directly to the central monocoque, together with a six-speed sequential gearbox that took just 20 milliseconds between shifts.
And because it weighed just 1070kg, it could catapult itself, its noise and its mostly sweating driver from 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds (just two-tenths shy of a Veyron's time), and a top speed somewhere north of 218mph.
Obviously, it's a track special, though we know of no track capable of containing it's rather noisy output. The wheelbase was slightly longer than Zondas of old, fitting in forged suspension arms, a ceramic coated exhaust system, Brembo brakes (380mm discs), 19in and 20in wheels front and rear, a roll cage, carbon fibre seats and a five-point harness. Make no mistake about this car's intent. Just 15 were built, and if you should ever come across one, be warned...