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.