It’s not every day that we get spy shots of a brand new Pagani hypercar. The niche Italian brand has already teased its next offering, but only in the slimmest of sketches. These images represent our very first look at an early prototype of what is currently being called the C10.
Our first impression is that it looks surprisingly conservative on the outside, even though we’re used to seeing wild Zondas and winged Huayras. There’s absolutely no doubt we’re dealing with a Pagani here – if the slender slat-mounted side mirrors aren’t enough, the glimpse we see of the round dials on the carbon fiber dashboard should be proof. sufficient. If you’re still not convinced, the mid-exit quad exhaust in the rear makes it an open and closed case.
Sure, conservative is a relative description in this context. Looking closely at the front we see large corner vents with balls of a kind incorporated next to them. It has the familiar Pagani short nose with the steeply angled windscreen plunging well into it. There are probably vents in that hood, just like there are vents or sculpted elements on the doors, hidden with camouflage behind the front wheels. There appears to be a scoop behind the roof, supplying air to the engine although this may be a false panel. The flat, wide rear features taillights that don’t quite look production-ready, sitting above a knobby-looking diffuser.
If you’re worried about Pagani ditching its AMG-sourced V12 engines, fear not. The return of the 6.0-liter is already confirmed, although the power output is unknown. Last year Horatio Pagani said the C10’s focus would be on-track performance as opposed to something with insane power levels. Still, a 30 to 40 hp boost from the Huayra would give the C10 around 800 hp. If it registers as a featherweight with track-focused aerodynamics, it should be quite the machine.
We will find out on September 12. Pagani has already confirmed the date, marking the arrival of the C10 with a celebration of art, music and technology in Milan, Italy.