In the world of supercars, you have many different players. Ferrari is the technological wonder child, while Lamborghini is that school bully that developed a bit of common sense with age.Aston Martin is the sophisticated gentlemen spy that can charm any living thing with a single word. Then, you come to Pagani, the new boy. These cars don’t feature any sophistication or old world charm. Yet, their radical designs and outrageous performance have placed them in the top tier of the supercar tree and now, we have a new version, the C9 .
In the world of follow-ups, this one is massive. Sort of like the Godfather II following the Godfather. The Zonda was the car that made Pagani into the company you see today. Automotive journalists loved it and the base version spawned many different special editions and one-offs like the Zonda F and Cinque . It was like nothing ever seen before. The Zonda’s development was evolutionary, but the C9 that will replace it will be revolutionary.
UPDATE 03/15/2013: Pagani has unveiled a new promo video for its Huayra supercar. Called simply "God of Wind" the new video is just an attempt to bring the supercar back to our attention. Enjoy!
Hit the jump for more details on the Pagani Huayra.
Before anyone begins to even dream about owning any of these cars, we feel we have to give fair warning that purchasing any one of them will probably cost a few arms and legs. Of course, for anyone whose bank account has never felt the dryness that most of ours have, then listen up.
Forbes - yeah, we all know them - has released a Top 10 list of the World’s Most Expensive Cars. Think forking over $100,000 on a car is already a financial burden? Well, think again. Not only are these cars fast and powerful, but they command a pretty steep price tag, which is only affordable to those people that have as much money as we have lottery tickets.
Something of note for this list is that there are two cars that have yet to be unveiled, let alone given a price tag. Their respective prices are then assumptions by Forbes and may change the list once the actual prices have been revealed.
Another thing that we noticed is the conspicuous absence of the Aston Martin One-77 , which, at $1.77 million, is easily one of the most expensive cars in the world. Forbes normally covers a lot of holes on their list, but they clearly made one oversight there.
Pagani ’s future C9 supercar has been caught testing again, and this time, the spy shots are extremely clear. Replacing the current Zonda , the C9 will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Pagani announced it will produce a number of 40 units a year, and that the C9 will carry a price tag of approx. $1,250,000.
The C9 will be powered by a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine, that delivers around 700bhp and more than 730lb ft of torque. The engine will send its power to the road through a seven-speed sequential set-up, sourced from British transmission specialist X-trac.
The Pagani will be distinguished by side-mounted air intakes, Enzo-like scallops in the bonnet, gullwing doors , and, of course, an ultra-expensive, ultra-lightweight carbon-titanium chassis. This will help the C9 tip the scales at just 1230kg.
Pagani’s new beast on wheels, codenamed the ‘C9 ’, was recently spotted by Autogespot doing some air brake testing at a German highway, giving us yet another glimpse of the superduper car that is widely expected to succeed the brand’s omniscient beast, the Zonda.
We’ve come to learn that Pagani has been testing the air brake system on the C9 and if the company decides to use the technology on the supercar, it would make the C9 the third supercar to do so after the Bugatti Veyron and the Mercedes-Benz SLR . Given the insane speeds the C9 is bound to pack, employing an air brake system on this rocket ought to be a good idea.
The new Pagani supercar will be powered by an AMG sourced 6.0-liter V12 engine that will produce a total of 690 horsepower and 737 lb/ft of torque. The company’s founder, Horacio Pagani, has also announced that the C9 will carry a completely new look in terms of its design, weight, distribution, materials, and dynamics.
Bad news for David Heinemeier Hansson who has just received a one-of-a-kind Pagani Zonda HH that he can only enjoy during vacations in Italy. Pagani has just announced that their new generation supercar that will be replacing the Zonda, the C9 , will be homologated for the US market. The company has announced that the new twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 motor and automated manual gearbox will meet 2013 California emissions regulations, and will be Euro 5-compliant.
This is the first time US customers will be allowed to enjoy a Pagani model. Until now the Zonda was never made available in the US because it did not meet the country’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and DOT (Department of Transportation) regulations.
Horacio Pagani also confirmed that the future C9 will be powered by an AMG sourced 6.0-liter V12 engine that will develop a total of 690bhp and 737lb-ft of torque. Also, the C9 will be a completely new product in terms of design, weight, distribution, materials and dynamics, and revealed that it will feature 3770 new parts.
An Autoweek.nl reader caught the future Pagani C9 , the replacement for the current Zonda , on a German street. This time the future supercar revealed its Mercedes SLS AMG -inspired gullwing doors which will replace Zonda’s conventional doors. The C9 was being followed by a Mercedes full of test equipment. The official debut will be made in September at the Paris Motor Show with sales beginning in 2011. The supercar will be priced in the $1,250,000 area.
The next C9, described by Pagani CEO as "a completely new car from concept, weight distribution, materials and dynamics" will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with two turbochargers that will deliver around 700 hp and 1000 NM of torque. This will sprint the car from from 0 to 62mph in less than three seconds and on to a top speed of more than 220mph.
The supercar will come with 3770 new parts, a carbon-titanium chassis, specially developed Pirelli tires, and Bosch electronics.
A few months after those gut-wrenching photos of a crashed Pagani C9 brought us all close to tears, we’re delighted to tell you that the new C9 is once again up and running and out on the road to continue to do more testing after its unceremonious break.
This photo was sent over by a Dutch fellow that was traveling along the Brenner Pass from Italy to Austria when he, much to his surprise, caught a real-life C9 blazing along the same road. In his haste to snap a photo, he was only able to catch one photo of the new prototype C9. While we’d be thrilled to have seen more than one photo, it’s still one more than nothing.
Pagani hasn’t announced an unveiling date for the C9, but we’re all hopeful that it could come sometime later this year, possibly at the Paris Motor Show. In any case, we’re just glad to see Pagani’s new supercar back testing on the road after that ridiculous crash a few months ago.
In a recent interview, Horacio Pagani offered new details on the future C9 supercar . According to him the future Pagani is the same as the Bugatti Veyron as far as price and collectibility go, but at the same time the two models can’t be considered competitors because, even though they are sold to similar customers, they are two very different cars.
He also said that the "C9 is a completely new car, designed from the ground up, so it doesn’t share anything in common with the Zonda. We have started work on this project since as early as 2003 and the final production version will be released at the end of this year. Naturally, we hope it will have at a similar success as the Pagani Zonda."
Under the hood there will be a completely new V12 specially created for the C9. The engine will be mated to a new transmission with a single clutch.
And even if he didn’t offer up the name for the car he did confirm that it will have an appropriate meaning (Zonda is a type of wind from the Argentinean Andes mountains).
After a Pagani C9 test mule crashed a few weeks ago, the car is now back on testing, and badder than ever. It seems the supercar will be ready for its world debut at Paris Auto Show. Sales will begin at the beginning of 2011.
The C9 will feature a redesigned rear diffuser featuring twin instead of quad exhausts, a brand new air intake behind the clear engine cover and a bluff front nose section. Under the hood there will be an AMG sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 producing around 700bhp and 1000Nm of torque. This will sprint the car from from 0 to 62mph in less than three seconds and on to a top speed of more than 220mph.
According to Horacio Pagani the new C9 will be "a completely new car from concept, weight distribution, materials and dynamics." So, we can hardly wait its official debut!
If our memories serve us correctly - and why wouldn’t it - we’re pretty sure that this is the same Pagani C9 supercar that we dug up spy photos on a few weeks ago.
So you can imagine our shock when we found out that the very same car crashed at around 10am this morning while testing on the Autobahn B14, which just so happens to be near the Mercedes-Benz factory in Stuttgart, Germany.
There are no specific details on what happened to the mule C9 except that the driver somehow lost control of the super car in the middle of testing. So if anybody knows something, don’t hesitate to drop by and share with us!
Reminder: The Pagani C9 is expected to come with a smaller engine than that of its predecessor. The 7.3-liter AMG V12 engine of the Zonda won’t be found in the C9, but what you can expect is a still impressive 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo engine. The C9’s modest engine, which supposedly will be a lot lighter than the engine from the Zonda, will mean that the total power output of the little brother – somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 horsepower – will exceed that of the big brother.