Posted Jun 19th 2012 4:00PM
If you thought Pagani had replaced the Zonda with the Huayra, think again. The Modenese purveyor of the most exotic of supercars is apparently willing to continue building Zondas for moneyed buyers who still want them. And far from simply continuing the model it had, Pagani has been further developing the Zonda into ever-more extreme variants.
The latest, according to GTSpirit, will be the Zonda R Evo, a model Pagani is expected to bring to the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed. The track-only model would, if speculation manifests, combine the best features of the existing Zonda R (pictured above) with the output of the latest Zonda 760 RS. That means competition-spec suspension, brakes, aero and rolling stock with a 760-horsepower incarnation of the V12 built for Pagani by Mercedes AMG. That, for comparison's sake, is within spitting distance of twice the output of the original Zonda C12 that hit unsuspecting roads at the turn of the millennium.
With that much juice, the Zonda R Evo is tipped to hit 100 km/h in under 2.7 seconds and bag a top speed of 350 km/h (218 mph). Former Formula One driver and multiple DTM champion Bernd Schneider is expected to drive the ultimate Zonda to date up the hill at the Earl of March's estate at the end of the month.