• Jan 22nd 2010 at 6:27PM
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Horacio Pagani and the Pagani Zonda

He hails from Santa Fe, builds cars inspired by an Argentinian, in his factory in Italy, with engines from a top German manufacturer. His name is Horacio Pagani, and his Pagani Zonda is one of the most revolutionary supercars of the modern era. Starting with the C12 back in 1999, the Zonda has evolved from a 400-horsepower exotic to a 739-horsepower track star in the form of the Zonda R Clubsport. The final edition Zonda Cinque and Cinque Roadster will push Zonda production numbers close to 120 units before it is phased out at the end of the year. The car that will replace has been dubbed the C9 and although we've seen spy shots of test mules alone and alongside an SL65 Black Series, we haven't heard a lot of the other details – until now. Follow the jump to hear what Horacio had to say.

[Source: Argentina Auto Blog]

During an e-mail exchange with Argentina Auto Blog, Horacio spilled the beans on where the company is headed with a look back at where they've been. Production of the Zonda will end in September, but the R version and special one-offs like the Zonda PS might continue on for another three years in certain markets. Whereas the Zonda development was evolutionary, the C9 that will replace it should be revolutionary. Horacio says the Zonda was basically the same car from start to finish.

"It is simple, with a very light and robust chassis, unique comfort for a car of this type and aerodynamics that offer stability and security," whereas the C9 that will launch at the end of 2010 is, "a brand new car from concept, weight distribution, materials and dynamics: it has 3770 new parts."

Pagani says the new car was designed to "transmit the sensation of a jet at liftoff." It will be powered by a new engine that was developed exclusively for Pagani
by Mercedes-Benz AMG. Beneath the rear clamshell will be a 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12 producing 700 horsepower and 1,000 nm (737 foot-pounds) of torque. That sounds a lot like the engine in the Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black, but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. The C9 will feature a carbon-titanium chassis like the Cinque, forged Avional aluminum alloy suspension, specially developed tires from Pirelli, Bosch electronics and, most importantly to Americans, emissions that should allow it to be sold everywhere, including California. It should also incorporate active aerodynamics that are so advanced, Pagani refused to even address the topic.

Pagani hopes to quadruple production at its new factory, building around 40 cars for their worldwide market. That includes Europe, the U.S., China, Japan and the Middle East. The price, according to the article, is expected to be around 900,000 euros plus tax, but the final price won't be announced until the C9 debuts. We're expecting it to show up at the Paris Motor Show this fall, but certainly wouldn't be upset to see it sooner – in our driveway.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      They're phasing out the Zonda?

      That sucks, but the only way I'll drive one is in Forza Motorsport 3 anyways.

      Will the C9 have styling like the Zonda, or will it be all-new?
        • 5 Years Ago
        As long as it looks sexy, it's all good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking at that giant forehead makes me feel like his hair was just photoshopped on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally, some news. I was aching for months.
      • 5 Years Ago
      About the title it is spelled Horacio (Latin) (not Horacia wich is the femine i believe). I understand about staff cuts, but come on spell check before you press send. Your are not a small web blog, we expect a bit of quality.

      Rant over, sorry ;-) .

      • 5 Years Ago
      can't wait to see it, but i fear the new V12 won't sound as glorious as the NA 7.3l engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, and I bet good ol' Hamster at Top Gear is sad as hell that the Zonda is leaving us, but he probably can't wait to get behind the wheel of the C9.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what a brilliant piece of automotive art, and a brilliant, brilliant man. I can't think of the last time in recent history someone pulled a supercar out of thin air and out ferraried ferrari, and out lamborghinied lamborghini. Here's hoping he C9 is as iconic as the legend it's replacing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It needs a more creative name than C9 (like Zonda was).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it's hilarious how people on AB bitch non stop about "brand prestige" about the LFA and love this car, with NO heritage, and a Mercedes Benz engine from the 90s in it, and a MASSIVE price tag.

      I like the Zonda even though it's ugly and immature looking. The craftsmanship and the AMG V12 make up for the akward front, and huge ass. It's a properly absurd car with a character all its own.

      And that does sound like the M275 engine. Why not keep the M120? No one else has a V12 that big in a car anymore. Seems like MB could have utilized that engine a lot more than they did. They ought to have stuck it in the Maybach, S Class and the CL too instead of all these twin turbo V12's.

      • 5 Years Ago
      How many races has it won ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pagani is so awesome. I'm really going to miss the Zonda but alas all good things must come to an end. I can't wait to see how the C9 turns out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey guys,
      I just want to point out that it says "Horacia" in the title but "Horatio" everywhere else
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