Mike Stevens | Jan 22, 2010

FIRST HINTED AT back in September 2008, the Pagani C9 - successor to the popular Zonda supercar - is moving closer to its unveiling later this year.

Speaking with Argentina Autoblog this week, Horacio Pagani offered up the first details for his new supercar, including materials used and expected power figures.

Powered by a 6.0 litre V12 Mercedes-Benz AMG engine tuned to develop around 520kW and 1000Nm of torque, the Pagani C9 will rival the 550kW/710Nm of the company's hero Zonda R - itself limited to just 16 examples.

Mr Pagani said the C9 is a completely new car, unrelated to the Zonda, with different materials and dynamics, and an improved weight distribution.

Made of more than 3770 new parts, the C9 will be built on a carbon-titanium chassis with custom-developed Pirelli tyres and Bosch electronics.

Pagani will build no more than 40 units each year, with pricing expected to start at at a hefty $1.4 million.

Mr Pagani plans to unveil the C9 toward the end of this year.

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