The vehicle would be the second car in the exotic automotive manufacturer’s lineup, being placed bellow the successor of the outgoing Zonda model, which currently bears the C9 internal code. The vehicle, which would use a V8 engine, will not only be lighter, but is also expected to be less expensive than the C9, so it should be available for a wider range of customers. (Don’t worry though, Pagani won’t become mainstream performance brand too soon).
The V8 engine could be supplied by a company for which this powerplant layout is a type of a second nature. We are talking about Mercedes’ performance division AMG, which has been building the V12 engines used by the Zonda ever since the car was launched in 1999.
However, don’t start checking your savings, sell you house, or anything like that, as the V8-engined Pagani isn’t expected to hit the market earlier than 2015. Until then, we’ll just have to “make due” with its future big brother, the aforementioned C9.
But how’s Horacio like? A fine bloke. He convinced us of that during the exclusive interview that he gave us during this year’s Geneva Auto Show.
P.S.: If you are worried that the Zonda is passing away silently, we’ll remind you that the racing version of the car, the Zonda R, is still popping its exhaust from a Nurburgring run that brought it a laptime record.