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Pagani C9 prototype – Click above to enlarge

Another day, another spy shot of the upcoming Pagani C9 hypercar...and another revelation, this time from Autoweek.nl. We've been waiting rather impatiently to see what Horacio Pagani will give us to replace the dearly beloved Pagani Zonda, so every nugget that drops has us straining to see if the sequel will be even half as good as the original. The Zonda is revered by many, so the followup needs to be something really special. That kind of buildup tends to put a lot of pressure on designers, particularly at a small automaker. One way to avoid the heat is to design to avoid direct comparisons – Think of the McLaren MP4-12C and its iconic F1 forebearer. Another is to give the new car something to make it stand out, something like gullwing doors.

This latest spy pic – and another posted with the one above over at Autoweek.nl – clearly show that the C9 will be sporting upward swinging hatches. With Pagani's reverence for Juan Manuel Fangio and the resulting ties to Mercedes-Benz, the introduction of the new SLS AMG and the need to differentiate between old and new Pagani models, perhaps this shouldn't be much a surprise. It does, however, fill in one more piece of the puzzle – and the finished product is looking better by the day.

The V12-powered C9 is expected to make its official debut by the end of this year. In the meantime, check out another look at this prototype by visiting our friends at Autoweek.nl.

[Source: Autoweek.nl]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      after the zonda r i can't wait to see this thing finished and pwning tracks around the world. it's a wonderful time to have such an accomplished exceptional player in the field, almost out of no where.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, a Pagani with gullwing doors, pure porn.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man I don't know if It's just me but from that shot it looks like a mashup of a Ferrari and a Lambo... Not a bad thing at all. I love the lines so far!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Front does to me as well, and from spy shots of upcoming vehicles (or those just released), many exotics seem to be using a Ferrari-esque front section. The Lotus Esprit 'concept' even does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea and that lower side valance looks straight from a Lambo Gallardo as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the camo is covering up something a little more exciting. Don't get me wrong, this design looks promising. Pagani needs to follow up the Zonda (and it's many iterations--together some of the meanest looking cars ever created imo) with something equally spectacular.

      That said, I have faith that when the sheet is pulled back, jaws will drop and the legacy will continue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I first saw the Pagani Zonda was in Gran Turismo 3. For years it was my favorite car until recently when other cars have been getting my attention. This c9 is shaping up to take that position in my head again. I love the gullwing doors, love the body it's got, the engine, the performance it will have. I also love the fact that it is much smaller in size compared to the Zonda. Knowing that Pagani only makes their cars out of carbon fibre I know this car will weigh a little less than the Zonda.

      If I had a spare million or 2 this is what I would buy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll keep my eye on this one.