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AlexbroPA 02-21-2010 07:36 AM

Pagani C9 (successor to the zonda) spotted in Africa
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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.

A South African reader of ours caught the C9 mule in South Africa, snapped some pictures for your consumption and had the following to say:

I was driving from the OR Thambo International Airport (used to be called Johannesburg Intl) back home. This car carrier was standing next to the road, unattended. I don't know if you know, but a lot of high speed testing gets done in South Africa. One of our provinces (the Northern Cape) has parts that is part of the Kalahari desert with deserted straight blacktop for hundreds of kilometres on end. You get permission from the government (hence the yellow stickers) to drive as much as you'd like on the roads. The Porsche Panamera did round about 1600km in the Northern Cape last year. These pics were taken 14 February 2010.

Sounds fantastic to us, and should help shape the new breed of hyper exotics along with the McLaren MP4-12C. Thanks to MJ van Niekerk for the pics!


Those head and tail lights remind me quite a bit of the TVR Speed 12.. I wonder if that's the final design or if they're just placeholders?

Chrishawk4 02-25-2010 04:26 PM

Interesting... Can't wait to see the finished product.

Andrew 02-25-2010 06:15 PM

I would love to have that sticker on all my cars.

"Well yes officer, I was doing 195mph. Didn't you notice my sticker? It was government approved."

Here in the SF area if you have a clean car you get a sticker and can drive in all the special lanes. We need the same for fast exotics.

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