The famed Pagani Zonda will live on with yet another special-edition model, dubbed the Zonda R Evo, which will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.
Pagani has already begun to sell the Huayra, the official successor to the Zonda, but customer demand for wacky, bespoke versions of the company’s previous car has kept its production line open. We've already seen various special editions -- including the 760 RS and Lewis Hamilton special, the LH – emerge after full-scale Zonda production officially came to a close
The new model is the successor to the Zonda R from 2009, a stripped-out and hopped-up version of the Zonda. Like the Ferrari FXX--the lighter, faster version of the Enzo--the Zonda R was a track-only model intended for racing, although it lacked the Ferrari's super-exclusive customer racing program. The new R Evo will continue in the R's footsteps, but Pagani engineers were able to extract 10 more horsepower from the new model, which now makes 750.
We'd expect that the R Evo will share most of the old R's other parts, including a six-speed sequential manual gearbox, a fully digital speedometer, adding a new, slicker aerodynamic kit. According to Autocar, the new model will get from 0-62 mph in just 2.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 218 miles an hour.
For the record, that's 20 more horsepower and nearly 300 kilograms (661 pounds) lighter than the Huayra. That's understandable, considering that the Huayra comes across as more of a grand tourer, but it might also explain why there's still demand for the old car: it's much, much more raw.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from June 28 to July 1 in West Sussex, England. Expect to see full details on the Zonda R Evo emerge around that time.
Sources: Autocar, Pagani