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Feast your eyes on this $6.5m Pagani Zonda R Evolution

For sale: one very lightly used motor car… that does 6m 47s around the ‘Ring

Published: 13 Aug 2021

You’ll have noticed that outer space is fast becoming a billionaire’s playground. Here at TG – ever the consumer champions – we may have found a cheaper, albeit metaphorical way of blasting into the outer realms of this world.

For the millionaires among you then, here is a Pagani Zonda R Evolution. It is being put up for private sale by RM Sotheby’s in The United States of Americaland at Monterey car week, and it is your one-shot ticket to the stars.

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The car of course, needs no introduction, chiefly because any time anyone has ever driven a Pagani Zonda R, neighbouring countries know about it. It’s not ‘loud’. It’s ‘so, that’s what an extinction level event sounds like’.

Build numbers and production specifics are notoriously tricky when it comes to Pagani Zondas (because there are so many), but RM Sotheby’s tells us just 10 Zonda Rs were built between 2009 and 2011 (Pagani originally announced a run of 15 cars).

Of those 10, “only a handful” were then upgraded to the Evolution spec you see here – not to be confused with the ‘Revolucion’ Zonda – consisting of a power upgrade (!), lightweight magnesium alloys, the addition of a smaller secondary rear wing underneath the ‘standard’ Zonda R’s wing, and new dive planes on the front corners for extra downforce.

Regardless of how many they built and how many were then sent back to the factory for the Evo upgrade, this is a Serious Car. The Zonda R and Evo versions ditched the venerable 7.3-litre AMG V12 for the 6.0-litre unit instead, bolted directly to the central monocoque.

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This fantastic powerplant – a derivative of which powered the CLK GTR, itself a two-time FIA GT Championship winner – produced 789bhp (over the ‘standard’ R’s 739bhp) and was able to accelerate from 0-62mph in… oh who cares. Yes, the R will do it in under 2.7s and top out at over 230mph, but really, look at it and tell us you care about raw performance stats. Like the R’s 6m 47s Nürburgring time...

That central monocoque is made of Pagani’s own carbo-titanium mix (with the engine therefore a stressed member – much like you’ll be after hard cornering), packed with adjustable suspension. There’s a roof scoop. The Xtrac gearbox shifts in 20 milliseconds. It’s one of the rarest supercars - cars full stop – in the world.

This particular example features exposed carbon fibre bodywork with tricolore accents, and has covered just 632 miles. It’s not up for auction but a straight sale, and RM Sotheby’s has put a $6,500,000 price tag on it.

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“Most Zonda Rs are hidden away in private collections, making public appearances of them exceedingly rare,” they say. It’ll certainly sound – and look – way better than any dubiously-shaped billionaire space rocket, that’s for sure.

Photography: Karissa Hosek/RM Sotheby's

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