Brand boss Horacio Pagani sounds off on autonomy, electrification and increasing demand for cars with manual gearboxes

Pagani boss Horacio Pagani has confirmed that a team of 20 people are working on the hypercar manufacturer's first EV, which is due by 2025. A new model with the option of a manual gearbox is also on the horizon.

In an interview with Argentinian TV company El Tres, Pagani revealed that until customer demand for internal combustion engined cars drops off, his company will still offer them, but that the brand will bring out its first EV by 2025. 

In addition, news site Autodato reports that Pagani is developing another model, a successor to the Huayra. This will continue to use Mercedes-AMG power, with a twin-turbo V12 that will remain petrol-only, rather than half-stepping to electrification with a hybrid.

This second model will offer a choice between Pagani’s current manually operated automatic gearbox and a full manual ‘box, as a result of growing customer demand for the latter. Porsche has also bowed to customer pressure to offer a manual on its high-end models after years of offering only PDK-equipped cars.

Pagani dismissed the idea of autonomous driving technologies in his cars, saying they're ‘toys’ that owners drive only when they want to. 

Pagani has always produced one model at a time - first the Zonda and now the Huayra – but it’s expected that the electric car, which will fight competition from Rimac and hypercars from more mainstream manufacturers as the industry turns to electric power, will be produced alongside the new internal combustion-engined model.

Pagani last year launched a restoration service for its cars and is following the model of Rolls-Royce, Porsche, McLaren and Aston Martin by offering more bespoke options for its cars, with increasing individuality for customers and demand-driven options implemented in response to requests.

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2 March 2018

I am not that bothered about Pagani, afterall its not as if i will ever be in the market for one, but its very encouraging to hear that they will keep on with the manual box. I just hope it spreads to more mainstream cars before they all turn EV and dont need a gearbox at all.

2 March 2018

Yes, an Electric only Pagani, it will sell just as much as any electric super or hypercar.... Which is zero.

In my life I have been able to see in person a costumer Laferrari, a 918 Spyer and a P1, not a single Concept One however.

 

2 March 2018
Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Yes, an Electric only Pagani, it will sell just as much as any electric super or hypercar.... Which is zero.

In my life I have been able to see in person a costumer Laferrari, a 918 Spyer and a P1, not a single Concept One however.

That's because it had a production run of 8 - the Concept One was a technical demonstrator for Rimac's consultancy/parts business, not a profit centre in itself. The sales demand for these cars is completely unknown for now.

2 March 2018

A manual Panini?  Rejoice. An electric one?  Whisky and a shotgun time.

 

It is an interesting comment that it is customer pressure that has led to a return of a manual box in both Pagani and Porsche. 

 

It was certainly not pressure from magazines such as Autocar, which these days just follows what they perceive to be opinion rather than leading it.  Does anyone remember Autocar's outrage at the 1990 Escort?  A revolt that quickly gave us Rob Parry Jones, the Mondeo and the Focus?  That is inconceivable now.

 

(The apparant reverse is also an interesting reflection of the dangerously expanded customer base of Ferrari, most of whose customers can barely drive)

 

 

2 March 2018

Course not!, as long as there are purists out there with humungous bank accounts there will always be a market for low volume supercars....

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2 March 2018

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3 March 2018

I don't care how much faster the Huayra is, I am spending my lottery winnings on a Zonda with its screaming NA engine and one of those waggle sticks.

3 March 2018

Replacement 4 the Huayra: Da Vinci

 

Electro Pagani: Voltaire

 

Why not?

 

Cheers!

/EX

4 March 2018
HHX621 wrote:

Replacement 4 the Huayra: Da Vinci

 

Electro Pagani: Voltaire

 

Why not?

 

Cheers!

 

Again in English?

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