Clarkson thrashes Pagani Zonda R
An ear-splitting match-up between two of the loudest objects known to man
Posted: 08 Mar 2011
To make it move, Pagani has ditched the 7.3-litre AMG V12 we've seen in various Zondas to date, and instead gone with a smaller but more powerful 6.0-litre AMG racing unit. This has a dry sump, which is a good thing because that prevents oil surge when the car experiences high-g turns. And as we discover later, the R can do such high-g turns that your brain starts to squeeze out of your ears.
It's not just the engine that's different to other Zondas', or where they've put it. (It's 50mm further forwards than usual and is therefore bolted directly to the driver's spine.) No. This is the first Zonda to be sold with a flappy-paddle gearbox. It, too, comes from the world of racing and, while the changes are not smooth - it's a bit like being kicked in the head - they are fast.