• Feb 16, 2010
Looks like the dyke's about to burst on the new Pagani C9, Horacio Pagani's cat-out-of-the-bag replacement for the legendary Zonda. Long story short, the Zonda is over ten years-old. The new C9 will be lighter, faster and sport better dynamics. Powering the new hypercar is a special, developed just for Pagani version of AMG's lovable 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12. In C9 trim this motor should belt out 700 horsepower. Yowza. Plus, it halfway looks like Michael Keaton's Batmobile.

A South African reader of ours caught the C9 mule in South Africa, snapped some pictures for your consumption and had the following to say:
I was driving from the OR Thambo International Airport (used to be called Johannesburg Intl) back home. This car carrier was standing next to the road, unattended. I don't know if you know, but a lot of high speed testing gets done in South Africa. One of our provinces (the Northern Cape) has parts that is part of the Kalahari desert with deserted straight blacktop for hundreds of kilometres on end. You get permission from the government (hence the yellow stickers) to drive as much as you'd like on the roads. The Porsche Panamera did round about 1600km in the Northern Cape last year. These pics were taken 14 February 2010.
Sounds fantastic to us, and should help shape the new breed of hyper exotics along with the McLaren MP4-12C. Thanks to MJ van Niekerk for the pics!




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Where can I get a couple of those bumper stickers on the C9?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mhhhhh...............not sure

      The back is ok, the front looks a bit Lotus?
      Not that I don't like Lotus................but this is a Pagani
      • 4 Years Ago
      How does one come by a 'consulate' tag / driver's license in the US? I want in on that. My friend works for the brasilian consulate and has one. Can he get me one in any way (or can I drive his car or register my car with him)?
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAN thats one fugly car....im surprised no one said this yet...


      I too want that sticker lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For a split second I thought that main pic was the front of a post-apocalyptic Pontiac Bonneville.

      Anybody else get that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rear appears to show a glimpse into the active aerodynamics of the new Pagani. There appears to be separate active aero components for the L & R of the rear spoiler. As a admirer of Pagani's work, I can't wait to see his new creation come to life. Looks like there is still lots of 'cladding' to remove before we get a good look of the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know its all about super performance, but couldn't Pagani twin-turbo a high displacement V8 and get near the same horsepower and be that much lighter? Eh, perhaps not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      drool
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the next Pagani when it's complete!
      • 4 Years Ago
      the front looks weirdly high, wonder what that is all about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Guess: Front is probably high because it has hydraulics to lift the front for driveways / speed bumps / loading on trailers / etc.

        I also note that it looks like there are two independently moveable spoiler surfaces at the rear: Active Aerodynamics?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Euro pedestrian regs?
      • 4 Years Ago
      is there any reason why they have to go to africa to test high-speed cars? do they have areas with no speed limits?
        • 4 Years Ago
        would you rather be in Europe or SA in February ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        honestly I don't know of any other places in the world that have that have hundreds of kilometers of flat straight roads, *and* allow high speed driving on it. And have good weather right now.
        -Taylor
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