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The Pagani Zonda is already one of the most dramatically styled and exclusive supercars in recent production but the man behind the car, Horacio Pagani, has much more ambitious plans for the future. Later this year the Zonda’s replacement, the internally coded C9, will enter production and this one will be sold in the U.S. for the first time, but after that Pagani is planning a second model.
Unlike the Zonda and its C9 replacement, this second Pagani will be powered by a V-8 engine. It will be a smaller and higher-volume model, meaning it will likely be cheaper than the Zonda and upcoming C9. Speaking with evo, Pagani has revealed that production numbers could be as high as 500 units per annum, although the earliest it would arrive will be around 2015. Pagani currently builds only about 16 cars per year, all of them hand-assembled.
In the meantime, the company is focusing its efforts on the new C9, which you can see spy shots of by clicking here. The car is due towards the end of the year and will come packing a 6.0-liter V-12 engine developed together with Mercedes-Benz and AMG. Peak output will stand at roughly 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque--slightly down on the Zonda R's 750 horsepower but more than enough to give Ferrari and Lamborghini a real scare.
The C9 is said to be a completely new car, from concept, weight distribution, materials and dynamics. In fact, it will feature more than 3,770 new parts among which are a carbon-titanium chassis, specially developed Pirelli tires and Bosch electronics. Pricing is expected to start at roughly $1.2 million.
[evo via Autovisie]