• Feb 10th 2010 at 5:58PM
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There's only so much testing that an automaker can undertake behind closed gates before the prototypes need to hit the open road. Consequently, automakers continue to devise all manner of camouflage and body cladding to keep prying eyes from seeing what they're working on. Horacio Pagani, however, seems to have a different approach. The independent Italian-Argentine purveyor of top-shelf supercars simply slaps the old bodywork on the new prototype and – presto! – nothing to see here. That is, until these shots came along.
Up until now, the prototypes for the Zonda's replacement that we've seen in spy shots have been all but completely indistinguishable from the existing model. But these shots – snapped in Johannesburg, South Africa – show entirely different bodywork around the rear end.

The big, protruding rear wing is gone, for starters. The tail-lamps, which were horizontal, rectangular units mounted low down on the existing Zonda, have been replaced by three-light clusters higher up. The squared-off mesh grille has been ditched in favor of an elliptical opening and the high-mounted barrel of exhaust tips, missing from recent prototypes, is back on this one. And that snorkel of an intake likewise protruding from previous prototypes is gone here, replaced by a more form-fitting vent behind the rear windscreen.

Unfortunately the snapper couldn't seem to get ahead to snap the front end, but the bodywork along the side flank appears more curvaceous as well, as does the greenhouse. The pair of test mules were apparently being escorted by a pair of Mercedes SLS AMGs, as the Benz performance division will once again be providing the Pagani's motivation.

[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I will reserve my judgment till I see better pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, I hope that wing can stay gone. Don't like wings on cars.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're usually a matter of function, when they're on a supercar. Really, a car at Pagani's price and performance level ought to have a deployable, adaptable aerodynamic package, like the Veyron, SLR, LFA etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting. And iPhone camera pics FTL. I have one :-/...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks more Ferrari than Pagani to me. Where's the outlandishness? The guns on the side? Don't get me wrong, it looks good, but it so far looks too much like a Ferrari
      • 5 Years Ago
      How do I get one of THOSE bumper stickers???
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like what I'm seeing so far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if it will be as tacky and over-"styled" as the last one?
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        Even if it is, people will applaud it, like they did the last one. I mean, look at the hideous front end on the 599 and the 458 from Ferrari. People still love them, despite being the worst looking Ferrari's in history, because they're Ferrari.

        Pagani is a newcomer supercar company, uses an outsourced MB engine(not complaining, love that engine), and costs a million bucks. But everyone seems to love it anyway, probably just because it's Italian.

        I like the Zonda for its performance, and for being radical, but have always thought its Enzo ugly. It's like one of those grotesque bodybuilders: fascinating to look at, but you'd never want to sleep with one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks totally insane, so a Great Pagani.