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The Pagani Zonda was a spectacular car. The automotive world loves what the car for being a road-going Le Mans racer, reliably powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG engine. The exception being North America, where only a few early Zondas made it over (some reports indicate just two.)
Now Autocar is suggesting that the new Pagani C9, which will be a replacement for the aging Zonda, has been designed partially with the United States market in mind, specifically the ever stringent California emission regulations.
The powertrain choice is similar to the Zonda, choosing the AMG 6.0L twin-turbocharged V-12. The engine should be unmodified, but still makes super-car like numbers—604 horsepower and a thundering 738 ft-lbs of torque. People who’d like a third pedal will have to look elsewhere, as Pagani will be using an automated manual gearbox.
The lucky few who live in Argentina will get more power for their C9s. According to company founder Horacio Pagani the home market C9 will be making 640 horsepower and 737 ft-lbs of torque.
As the production of the Zonda winds down, the factory will retool for the upcoming C9, with the company hoping to produce 40 cars per year, keeping with the old cars’ exclusivity.