We have always been fans of the ‘last run’ models that are released by auto manufacturers prior to extinguishing the line to make way for a new model, in particular performance cars. They always seem to have all the best parts added on, and all the niggling problems experienced in earlier models weeded out. Think Nissan’s R34 GT-R Z-tune, Mitsubishi’s Evolution IX, and to a lesser extent the limited edition HSV’s.
On the other end of the spectrum, following recent word that Pagani’s aging Zonda platform is due for replacement in 2009 by a project codenamed C9, comes rendered pictures of the Zonda R.
It may look incredibly similar to every other Zonda derivative but don’t be fooled, Pagani reports that the R shares less than ten percent of the current models underpinnings. Sporting a subtle new shape, the R is 47mm longer and allows for even more down force thanks to a large diffuser and new wing.
In a bid to keep things on the trim side the entire body is made of carbon fibre and Pagani have reportedly dropped the large 7.3-litre Mercedes V12 engine in favour for a 6.0-litre AMG V12 that puts out a similar 560kW.
A total production of ten cars are planned, five of which will be limited to circuit duty. Expect an unveiling at the 2009 Geneva motor show early next year.