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Details On The Next Pagani

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On: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:09AM | By: Chris Weiss

Details On The Next Pagani

As can be seen by the Pagani Zonda HH and Pagani Zonda 750, Pagani makes some of the rarest, most distinctive, highest performing supercars on the planet. In fact, the overused moniker 'supercar' isn't even quite strong enough to describe what Pagani does with composites, V12 engines, and tires. And the world will soon see the next iteration of Pagani hypercar. Outside of a few privately commissioned one-offs, the Zonda has had its time in the sun and is on the verge of retirement. Pagani is developing the new C9 supercar, which will replace the Zonda. The C9 has been spotted testing in a few locations around the world, and some details of the new flagship recently began making the rounds.

Pagani will use turbocharging for the first time in the bespoke 700-hp twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine. That engine will be a Pagani-tuned version of the 6.0-liter V12 used in the Mercedes SL65 Black Series. Twist will be delivered in an amount topping 730 lb-ft. Thanks to the use of Mercedes twin-turbo engine, the C9 will be 50 percent cleaner than C9 rivals, according to Pagani.

The C9 will pair a seven-speed sequential transmission to the V12. Assisting that combo in delivering as much speed and quickness as possible, the carbon-titanium tub used on the Zonda Cinque and one-offs like the HH will help keep weight down to around 2,700 lbs. The C9 will get a distinctive visual feature in the form of gullwing doors.

As you can see, the C9 is still in prototype form. It's expected to bow at the Geneva Motor Show next year, and will likely go by a new product name. Rumored price for the car is 800,000 pounds ($1.25 million). In a piece of great news, this new Pagani will meet U.S. regulations and will be made available for sale in the States.

For those who get a look at the C9 and decide they'd rather go the more classic Pagani route in the form of a Zonda, Pagani will continue to offer the Zonda for private commissions. And customers who find themselves more in the Ferrari/Lamborghini price range, may also have a Pagani option in the future. Over the summer, there were rampant rumors of a smaller, V8-powered car based on the C9 that would cost about half the price. That car would follow the C9 into production beginning sometime around 2015, though there's been no confirmation of whether Pagani will green-light it.


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