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by Brett Davis

More spy shots and information has come through on the upcoming Pagani C9 supercar. The next-generation Pagani model will debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2011.

Pagani is serious about testing the new model in various climates and conditions to get the car just right. More than 500,000km are said to have been covered during testing of prototype versions.

Here we see the car being tested once again in hot weather conditions, contributing to even more on-road test kilometres. Reports say Pagani wants to reach more than 700,000km before unveiling the car early next year.

Behind the passenger compartment is an all-new, exclusively Pagani, Mercedes-Benz V12 engine. This is also being put through its paces in all kinds of conditions.

The new engine is not a version of an already-used powerplant used in Mercedes-Benz of some sort though. As said, it’s an engine deisgned by Mercedes-Benz specially suited to Pagani’s orders. The unit is said to output around 520kW of power.

Interestingly, the new engine is said to comply with all-new CO2 emission standards set by European restrictions, too, meaning it could offer the greenest figures around for this type of car.

As usual, the bodywork features mostly carbon fibre panels and loads of aerodynamic wings and scoops, all aimed at increasing downforce and maintaining the car’s overall weight – which is said to be somewhat less than the superseded Pagani Zonda.

We’ll bring you more details as they come through. Can’t wait for Geneva in March to see what this thing looks like without camouflaging though.




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