A new hypercar is coming soon. Very soon.
The era of the Pagani Huayra is coming to an end. Or is it? After all, Pagani was until very recently still building the occasional Zonda for wealthy clients. Don’t be surprised if this continues for the Huayra. The track-only Huayra R offered some previews about what we can expect from the Huayra road car successor, codenamed C10.
Horacio Pagani himself has gone on the record with Italian publication Quattroruote about the car’s specifics. Not everything is being revealed just yet, of course, but this is the clearest information so far. First off, the unnamed hypercar will come powered by a new version of the 6.0-liter AMG-sourced V12. This engine required six years of development and will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a next-generation sequential gearbox. Why the manual?
Because “there are customers who didn’t buy the Huayra because we didn’t offer [a manual],” Pagani pointed out. “My audience wants to feel emotions when driving: they don’t care about pure performance.” That being said, Pagani admitted a good portion of the C10 was about shaving weight rather than adding lots of horsepower. Don’t expect the hypercar to have more than about 40 more hp than the Huayra. It definitely won’t exceed 888 hp.
Pagani, however, doesn’t seem to care much. “Look at Gordon Murray’s T.50: it sold out even though it has only 650 hp. It is very light, has a manual gearbox and a V12 that runs very high. You don’t need 2,000 hp to excite the driver.”
And this brings up a certain other hot topic: EVs. Everyone knows EVs are typically very heavy due to their battery packs, and this troubles Pagani. An all-electric Pagani is reportedly due in 2024, but it seems like Pagani’s focus remains solely on the C10. And to be clear: it’s not a hybrid. Unlike Ferrari and Lamborghini, Pagani has not asked the Italian government or the EU to go easy on it regarding emissions.
“For the time being, we have not asked for concessions and we hope to continue like this. But if one day we have to switch to hybrid, we will.” The Huayra successor will debut sometime in 2022 with a planned production run between 280 and 300 examples.