17 December 2004

Exclusive Italian supercar maker Pagani will reveal a facelifted version of its Zonda C12 next year, before an all-new, more extreme model arrives in 2007. The latest C12 will be shown at the Geneva show next March, and features subtle exterior modifications but key changes beneath the skin. Power from the AMG Mercedes-sourced 7.3-litre V12 is expected to rise from 547bhp to around 630bhp, although final numbers will become available at the completion of engine testing.

Pagani also claims a 50kg weight reduction for the Coupé version, which should mean a power-to-weight ratio of around 475bhp per tonne – enough to match a Ferrari Enzo. Bigger 20in wheels will be fitted to allow larger Brembo brakes, while minor styling revisions will, Pagani says, add 40 per cent more downforce. The all-new model, codenamed C9, is said to be even lighter than the C12 and powered by another naturally aspirated Mercedes V12 engine. The prices shouldn’t stray far from the current £285,000, despite the numerous upgrades.

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