Auction Anticipation as Pagani Zonda R, 1-of-10, Eyes $6.5 Million Estimate

It’s the fifth of just 10 “R” examples produced between 2009 and 2011 – and it’s been upgraded to “R Evolution” specification.

The Pagani Zonda is arguably one of the most beautiful, best-sounding modern supercars.

Add to that unparalleled build quality and mythical status among car enthusiasts.

That’s precisely why this particular example caught our attention when we recently spotted it for sale.

As the most fearsome and spartan distillation of the company’s technological capabilities, the Pagani Zonda R is truly the marque’s tour de force.

Free from race and governmental regulations, the Zonda R was designed to be the ultimate driver’s car, offering the ultimate uncompromised driving experience.

The Zonda R’s structure features an advanced iteration of the Zonda F chᴀssis with a carbon-тιтanium monocoque

The suspension geometry, powertrain, chᴀssis structure, and bodywork were specially developed for the model.

All told, the Zonda R’s construction reportedly utilizes just 10 percent of preexisting parts from the marque catalog.

In truth, the Zonda R is almost more of a bespoke creation in its own right that it is a road car modified for the track.

Although it was built with ultimate performance in mind, the Pagano Zonda R’s body, interior, and engine bay are nothing short of spectacular.

Four projector beam lamps peer out above a mᴀssive snout flanked y as many diffusers and spoilers as any car will likely ever see.

From the rear, the highly adjustable rear wing and quad tailpipes leave little to the imagination.

The Zonda R is powered by a naturally aspirated, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR-derived 6.0-liter V-12 engine producing 780 horsepower.

This powerplant is paired with a six-speed sequential transaxle, which features a multi-disc racing clutch and lightweight magnesium casing.

The engine is fed fresh air by a roof-mounted, F1-derived carbon fiber intake channel, and exhaust duties are handled by a similarly inspired set of ceramic-coated Inconel 625 headers.

With a fantastic power-to-weight ratio and lightning-quick gear changes, the Pagani Zonda R sprints to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and onward towards a reported top speed over 230 mph.

Quite simply, it is truly a track weapon of the most ferocious variety.

In fact, the Zonda R still holds the record as the fastest non-series, production-based, gasoline-powered car to lap the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

That’s 13 years after Pagani factory driver Marc Bᴀsseng recorded a time of 6:47:00 in July 2010.

Pagani Zonda R / Image: RM Sotheby’s Zonda R Evolution 05 The Zonda R Evolution being offered for sale by RM Sotheby’s is the fifth of 10 “R” examples produced by Pagani between 2009 and 2011.

The car was subsequently returned to the Pagani factory under previous ownership and upgraded to R Evolution specifications in December 2014.

The R Evolution upgrade includes engine and transmission modifications, which provide a bump of 30 horsepower over the stock configuration.

That’s in addition to a new set of Öhlins dampers, and lightweight magnesium alloy wheels which mimic the finish and pattern of the originals.




Downforce was also increased with the addition of a smaller secondary rear wing underneath the standard wing

The front bodywork was revised with additional dive planes on the front corners, too.

This remarkable track weapon is presented in its stunning exterior livery of exposed carbon fiber with “tricolore” accents throughout.

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