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Next Generation Pagani Hypercar Spied Again

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On: Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 12:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Next Generation Pagani Hypercar Spied Again

The new Pagani supercar, codenamed the C9, hasn't exactly been a stranger to the camera lens during its testing over the past year or so. It's been spotted in various locations around Europe and Africa. Some recent spy photos of the C9 show some of the best looks at Pagani's next V12-powered flagship that we've seen yet. What we see is a curvaceous, powerful sports car that is sure to thrill.

Personally, I love Paganis—it's hard not to love such hard-charging, limited edition supercars. If I had one complaint about the various Zonda editions, though, it would be that they're a little rough around the edges. From the front, they look more race car than a high-end, exotic, road-legal sports car. And the back-end just looks as though Pagani ran out of time. The center-mounted quad exhaust on models like the Cinque is cool, but the flat, unattractive rear fascia is not.

From what I see in the latest round of spy shots, Pagani is fully aware of its aesthetic shortcomings and is making up for them in spades. The C9 has a much more rounded, sculpted hood and front end that brings the sporty looks of the car up to the same level as its performance. The huge nostrils on the hood will help cooling while providing a powerful look.

Similarly, the back-end gets more intricate and sculpted, featuring a cluster of triple taillights on either side and a dual exhaust. When I first saw the C9, it was from some spy shots from South Africa last year. Those spy shots showed only the rear-ends, conveying one prototype that looked just like the Zonda, and one with the rear-end like that seen in these latest photos. It looks like Pagani will use the latter in the production version of the C9.

Last week, Pagani issued a short, concise statement that confirmed that the C9 will make use of a 6.0-liter V12 engine from Mercedes AMG. That engine will be distinct from anything offered in Mercedes' stables. It will put out 700 horses, more than the 7.3-liter AMG V12 in the Zonda Cinque, and will be Euro 5 compliant. According to the statement, the car will be 50 percent cleaner than its supercar rivals in terms of CO2 emissions.

Under that black, camoflauged exterior, Pagani will use a carbon titanium tub similar to that in the Zonda Cinque. The car is expected to weigh about the same 1,250 kg (2,755 lbs.) as the Zonda F.

In great news for wealthy American supercar aficionados, the C9 will be homologated for sale in the U.S., unlike past Paganis. The car is expected to make its big debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. You can see more spy shots in Autocar.




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