For years, Europe got all the hottest Pagani Zonda variants, but now we can count down the days until the Pagani C9 finally arrives Stateside. Expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the all-new C9 is slated to get U.S. EPA and DOT certification and be Route 66-approved before going on sale in the U.S. sometime next year.
Horacio Pagani isn't accustomed to sitting still. The Argentine-Italian supercar-maker has been tweaking successive versions of the Zonda since its creation, and recently took the Nürburgring lap record with the track-focused Zonda R. But that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to things to come for Pagani.
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.
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.
In a Q&A with Argentina Auto Blog, Horacio Pagani said the upcoming C9 is "a brand new car from concept, weight distribution, materials and dynamics: it has 3,770 new parts." What he didn't say, at any time, was that it would look any different than a Zonda. And that could explain why spy shots of Horacio's latest marvel capture a supercar that looks a lot like his last.
Even though the Zonda is on its way out, Pagani has announced that the a track-focused version of the eccentric supercar is slated for production, making 750 HP and taking aim at the Ferrari FXX. At a price of 1.2 million euro, six deposits have already been placed on the Zonda R, with another four waiting in the wings. Production is scheduled for March of '08, right before Pagani moves into its new manufacturing facility, less than a mile from its current home.