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Pagani’s upcoming successor to the Zonda, code named C9, will be the Italian automaker’s latest and greatest, set to debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. Just to give us a little bit of a teaser of what we can expect from the next generation Zonda, Pagani has released quite the teaser video of the upcoming C9.
The video features Horatio Pagani sipping a cup of coffee. Exciting huh? Well, he does pick up a small scale model car. Could this be just the tease of how the C9′s design will be? We can’t wait to see the finished product, featuring the 6.0L V12 AMG powerplant that will pump out around 700-hp and 750 lb-ft of torque.
Check out the video after the jump:
Pagani’s new C9 supercar will get an all-new, custom made AMG motor, according to a statement just released by the company. The bulletin states that
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 has previously used AMG V12s, specifically the rare, but not tailor-made 7.3L V12 that was featured in ultra-rare vehicles like the limited production SL63. With AMG moving to turbocharged powerplants and smaller V8s, it’s possible that the new C9 will continue using a naturally aspirated V12, one that would require low volume production by AMG. Pagani has been able to use AMG engines due to parent company Mercedes-Benz’s relationship with Juan Manuel Fangio, a long-time Mercedes driver.
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.
Pagani namesake Horacio Pagani told Britain’s EVO Magazine that he’d like to see a smaller, cheaper, V8 model come to fruition in the next few years.
Of course, smaller and cheaper for Pagani means it costs only $500,000, rather than the full million for a Zonda, and it would likely use AMG’s 6.2L V8 (or the new 5.5 V8 twin-turbo) rather than the 7.3L V12.
Pagani currently builds 40 cars per year, so increased volumes, to the tune of a few hundred cars or so, would likely have to happen for this to be profitable. Expect it to look like the upcoming C9 (seen in spy photos above).
[Source: World Car Fans]
Thanks to a citizen journalist, or should we say citizen spy photographer, we now have several images of Pagani’s upcoming Zonda replacement, the C9. These photos of the car were shot by an Autoblog reader who passed by the transport rig parked on the side of the highway in near the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Most likely this isn’t a very accurate idea of what the C9 will look like and it appears as though this test mule is using a modified Zonda body to cover up the important parts underneath.
According to the now-amateur spy photographer, many automakers test vehicles in South Africa, using large areas of unused public road – hence the stickers.
What we do know about the C9 is that it will be built of carbon and titanium and will also be powered by a V12 engine. The new V12 will displace 6.0-liters, however, and make 690-hp and 737 ft-lbs of torque. Company owner Horacio Pagani has said that the new model will meet U.S. crash test and emissions regulations, meaning that unlike the Zonda it will be sold in the U.S.
GALLERY: Pagani C9 Spied
Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani is preparing its successor to the incredible Zonda and company founder Horacio Pagani has let slip a few new details about the upcoming exotic. Referred to by its code name, C9, this new model will have an entirely new design. We applaud this as Pagani has released dozens of different Zonda models since the supercar first debuted at the Geneva Auto Show back in 1999, however, coming up with a design as stunning and timeless as the current one will be difficult.
The chassis of the car will be build of carbon and titanium, with specially built tires from Pirelli.
As for the engine, like the Zonda, the C9 will also be powered by an AMG V12 but with a dispalcement of 6.0-liters and an output of 690-hp and an incredible 737 ft-lbs of torque.
According to Horacio Pagani, the new model will meet U.S. crash test and emissions regulations, meaning that unlike the Zonda it will be sold in North America.
Pricing is going to be in the range of $900,000 Euros, or roughly $1.2 million. As for production capacity, Pagani is hoping to build roughly 40 a year. That might not sound like much, but the current Zonda model takes almost a month to complete, meaning that Pagani only sells abotu 12 models in a year.