2013 Pagani Huayra is a car.
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In the world of supercars, you have many different players. Ferrari is the technological wonder child, while Lamborghini is that school bully that developed a bit of common sense with age.Aston Martin is the sophisticated gentlemen spy that can charm any living thing with a single word. Then, you come to Pagani, the new boy. These cars don’t feature any sophistication or old world charm. Yet, their radical designs and outrageous performance have placed them in the top tier of the supercar tree and now, we have a new version, the C9 .
In the world of follow-ups, this one is massive. Sort of like the Godfather II following the Godfather. The Zonda was the car that made Pagani into the company you see today. Automotive journalists loved it and the base version spawned many different special editions and one-offs like the Zonda F and Cinque . It was like nothing ever seen before. The Zonda’s development was evolutionary, but the C9 that will replace it will be revolutionary.
The C9 will feature a carbon-titanium chassis like the Cinque, forged aluminum alloy suspension, specially developed tires from Pirelli, Bosch electronics, and emission standards that should allow the new Pagani Pagani to be sold everywhere, including the United States, marking the first time that US customers will be able to able to enjoy this Italian supercar. The C9 is expected to be made out of carbon-titanium, which will keep the weight down to around 2700 pounds.
The exterior styling of the C9 will follow in the footsteps of the Zonda and it will feature Mercedes SLS -like gullwing doors. The large rear-wing is gone and the taillights, which were horizontal, rectangular units mounted low down, have been replaced by three circular lights mounted higher up. The squared off mesh grille has been tossed aside in favor of a more elliptical opening and we can clearly see that the high-mounted barrel exhaust tips remain.
All the luxury amenities that you’d expect from the Pagani Huayra are all included. The supercar’s interior is chalk full in high-end leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber. One of the most interesting features of the Huayra are actually the keys. In its constant desire to come out with the unexpected, Pagani has found a new way to completely blow us away. Unlike standard ignition keys, the Huayra’s key is actually a miniature model of the vehicle cast in aluminum, which, incidentally, is the same material found on the wheels of the car. The aluminum key, which a lot of people might mistake for a toy, splits into two parts when opened. On one end, you have the actual key to the ignition of the supercar while the other end is actually a USB stick that Horacio Pagani describes can be used "for music." Lord knows we never thought of that.
The Huayra’s steering wheel will also have all the necessary functions, including the paddles that are mounted directly on the steering gear, allowing drivers to enjoy the breakneck speed of the supercar without taking their hands off the wheel. Complementing the premium leather interior of the Huayra is the shiny aluminum given on the center console and panel.
Lastly, the Huayra’s central touch screen high-definition multimedia system is the block for which the Pagani supercar breathes. All the pertinent controls of the car, including audio functions, satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone and even secondary functions are all housed inside the high-tech touch screen.
Throughout the Zonda’s life not much was changed. It used a very light and robust chassis and incredibly gorgeous aerodynamics, but every new specialty version was basically the same. The C9 that will launch in 2011 or 2012 is a brand new car in terms of weight distribution, materials, and dynamics. Overall, the new C9 has 3,770 new parts.
Powering this masterpiece is a new motor that was developed exclusively for Pagani by Mercedes-Benz AMG. The old motor, also designed by Mercedes AMG and used in Zonda, is naturally aspirated, but the new motor might not be. AutoCar is reporting that the C9’s motor will carry twin-turbochargers and put out a massive 700 horsepower and 730 pound-feet of tire smoking torque. All that power should be sent to the rear wheels via an X-trac seven-speed sequential transmission, all the while reducing carbon emissions by half, making this Pagani Euro 5 compliant.
That sensational motor should be able to take the new C9 to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds and if you keep going, the Pagani will hit speeds in excess of 220 mph. The motor will be connected to a single clutch transmission and will truly be a mother of violence.
We aren’t entirely sure about the complete specifications of the new engine, but Pagani has just confirmed that it will not be the V12 found in the SL65 Black Series. We’ll keep digging and waiting to get the official engine specs.
To help slow the C9 down, it will feature special air brakes at the back that will be made from the ultra-expensive, ultra-lightweight carbon-titanium material. They will be assisted by enormous carbon ceramic brake discs.