Pagani’s successor to the Zonda, code named the C9, will continue to rely on AMG for motivation, but in a new twin-turbo format. According to a new report by AutoCar, the Zonda successor will rely on the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine currently used in Mercedes models like the SL600 and SL65, making around 690-hp and 737 ft-lbs of torque.
The choice of engine is part of a larger plan by Pagani to expand into the lucrative U.S. market.
The Zonda model never met EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations and so it could not be driven in the U.S. Using this new engine, the new emissions regs won’t be an issue (although don’t expect good fuel economy) and an all new chassis made of carbon-titanium is being designed to meet DOT rules.
Pagani is expected to debut the C9 at the Geneva Auto Show next March with sales to begin later that year.