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Pagani C9 To Use Bespoke AMG V12

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On: Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss

Pagani C9 To Use Bespoke AMG V12

Pagani confirmed that its next hypercar--the C9--will be powered by a V12 powerplant from Mercedes-Benz AMG. Unlike previous rumors had indicated, the engine will be unique to the C9 and will not be shared with the AMG SL65 Black Series. The big V12 will pump around 700 horses and 740 lb-ft of torque onto the C9's high-performance tires.

Pagani cleared things up in a release: "The engine of the Pagani C9 is not a derivative of the AMG V12 engine developed for the SL65 Black Series, nor is the AMG V12 engine in the SL65 Black Series derived from the engine AMG is currently developing for the Pagani C9. The cars are very different in their character and conception and the engine will reflect this in its technical characteristics and behavior. The engine in the Pagani C9 has been developed specifically for that application by Mercedes-AMG GmbH."

Pagani didn't break down the specifics, but the engine is expected to bear a displacement of 6 liters and output of 700 horses and 738 lb-ft of torque, besting the 678 horsepower that the Zonda Cinque derived from its AMG 7.3-liter V12.

Every other aspect of the Pagani is expected to be built from the ground up for the C9, beginning with its carbon titanium tub. The latest indications are that it will launch sometime in late 2011, so hopefully we'll be seeing the final production version at an early/mid-2011 auto show (Geneva maybe?).

If the C9 is a little too rich for your blood, Pagani may also develop a smaller, less expensive, V8-powered supercar to complement it--at least we're hoping those rumors turn out to be accurate.

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