Officially, the Pagani Zonda’s production run lasted from 1999 through 2011, with just 206 examples ever built. Toward the end of the car’s production run, beginning in 2009, Pagani produced a track-only version of its supercar called the Zonda R
Only 15 Zonda R models were built over the car’s lifespan, and it’s said these were created as a rolling testbed for Pagani’s latest masterpiece, the Huayra.
The Zonda R quickly proved itself as one of the fastest cars in the world, lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife in an astonishing 6:47
Now, Pagani has built an even faster version: the Zonda R Evolution.
The first photos of the Zonda R Evo have surfaced thanks to the guys at Prototype0
. They were taken at a recent Pagani gathering coinciding with the Mille Miglia taking place in Italy last week.
Pagani is yet to reveal official details for the car but GTSpirit
has managed to dig up some details.
The car will reportedly come with an 800-horsepower version of the Zonda R’s 6.0-liter V-12 engine, a unit derived from the engine featured in the original Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR endurance racer. Importantly, the Zonda R Evo’s claimed rating is 50 horses more than that of the regular Zonda R, which means we could be seeing an even faster Nürburgring lap time set.
In addition to having more power, the Zonda R Evo is said to weigh less than the Zonda R and have better aerodynamics. The end result is a claimed 0-62 mph time of just 2.7 seconds and a top speed in excess of 217 mph.
Apparently, only five examples are scheduled to be built and four of these are already accounted for. This despite the asking price being a cool 1.76 million euros (approximately $2.28 million).
We’ll update the story with the official details as soon as Pagani releases them._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.