Pagani C9 spied on the prowl

19 Apr, 2010 12:38pm Jack Rix

Zonda successor, with 700bhp V12, taking shape ahead of public debut later this year

The new Pagani is already a smash-hit success! A little over two weeks ago a C9 prototype was pictured in bits on the German Autobahn after a high speed accident. But it seems the firm's engineers have managed to pick up the pieces and put the supercars test programme back on track.

A development mule for the Zonda-successor was first spotted around a year ago, but it's come a long way since then - and these are the clearest shots yet of the car set to blow the supercar establishment wide open.

The outrageous bodywork and wedge-like silhouette can now be seen clearly. 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 mark this car out from the Zonda.

But the mid-engined layout and long, aerodynamic rear deck remain. And sitting behind the driver's head will be a Mercedes-sourced 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 producing around 700bhp and 1000Nm of torque. That should be enough to rocket the C9 from 0-62mph in less than three seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 220mph.

According to Horacio Pagani, the founder of Pagani Automobili S.p.A the C9 will be "a brand-new car from concept, weight distribution, materials and dynamics." Pagani also confirmed that the newcomer will sit on a lightweight but stiff carbon-titanium chassis, wear carbon-ceramic brakes and feature no less than 3,770 new parts compared to the outgoing Zonda.

Production of the C9 is scheduled to begin in late 2010, with a price tag of around £800,000. Expect a world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

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