New Pagani C9 supercar will not use a Mercedes-Benz V12 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 24, 2010

The future Pagani C9 supercar won’t be powered by the engine used in the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series roadster, according to Italian sports-car maker Pagani and Mercedes-AMG, the high-performance division of Mercedes-Benz.

Carmakers don’t usually provide details about its future-product programs but this time, they came out to deny reports about the Pagani C9's engine.

Last January, Road and Track magazine reported that the V12 for the C9 was derived from the V12 in the SL65 Black Series. Also in October, U.K. enthusiast magazine Autocar said that that the C9's engine will be derived from the V12 in the Black Series.

It said further that the engine for the C9 will include twin turbochargers and generate an estimated 700 hp and 730 lb-ft of torque. In Pagani and Mercedes-AMG’s joint statement, they said that the engine of the Pagani C9 is not a derivative of the AMG V12 engine developed for the SL65 Black Series.

They also denied that it is the AMG V12 engine in the SL65 Black Series derived from the engine AMG is now developing for the Pagani C9.

Pagani and Mercedes-AMG did not say why they decided to release the joint statement. The Pagani C9 will replace the Zonda, which was introduced in 1999, as Pagani's supercar. So far, no official details on the Pagani C9 have been revealed. [via autoweek]

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