Pagani’s New Hypercar Will Use a Manual Transmission

A little factory out in San Cesario Sul Panaro, Modena executes Horacio Pagani’s vision for perfection. That vision has manifested as hypercars like the Pagani Huayra and the Zonda R. They are pristine examples of what can happen when factories aren’t hampered by demands for things like fuel efficiency and affordability. Pagani’s factory only concerns itself with perfection, which is apparent in the artwork it produces in the form of cars. Now Pagani has a new vision, and it’s going to be here soon as the Pagani C10.

Pagani’s new hypercar is codenamed “C10” as the heir of the Huayra

Pagani Huayra Roadster BC seen at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Pagani Huayra Roadster BC seen at Goodwood Festival of Speed | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

Pagani gave precious few details in an interview with Quattroroute, an Italian car magazine. Suffice it to say, one of the most exciting features of the C10 will be a choice customers have. They can decide if they want a dual-clutch or manual transmission, something Pagani hasn’t offered since the early Zonda models. It’s an interesting choice, considering there hasn’t been a manual hypercar since the Lamborghini Murcielago and Carrera GT era. It makes sense when you realize Pagani’s intent with his cars isn’t to break records but provide a proper driving experience.

Pagani’s C10 will use an AMG V12

Mercedes-AMG engineer hand-building an M275 6 litre V12 biturbo engine
Mercedes-AMG engineer hand-building an M275 6 litre V12 biturbo engine | Tim Graham/Getty Images

True to form, the new Pagani once again propels itself with an engine from AMG. It’s a new version of the 6-liter AMG V12, which Pagani says only makes 30-40 horsepower more than the Huayra. Pagani didn’t specify which Huayra, but he says in his interview with Quattroroute, an Italian car magazine, he wants to keep the power below 900. Pairing a manual transmission with almost 900 horsepower has rarely been offered in a factory car. The most powerful manual transmission car these days is a 717-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

An electric Pagani is in the works

Pagani Zonda seen at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey
Pagani Zonda seen at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

From Pagani himself, his factory is currently working on an electric car, but the circumstances must synchronize. Pagani focuses on making cars as light as possible, which isn’t exactly a strong point of electric vehicles just yet. Although Porsche seems optimistic with its electric 718, Pagani says whichever battery they choose, and the possibility of a front electric motor all depends on how light they can make the car. 

Pagani only cares about emotions

In his interview, Pagani stipulates his cars should invoke emotions in their drivers. He doesn’t care about pure performance or shift times. Pagani wants his customers to be involved with the driving, which is why the horsepower stops at a minimum. He cites Gordon Murray’s T.50 as an example. “[T.50] sold out, even though it only has 650 horsepower. It’s very light, has a manual gearbox and a V12 that runs very high,” Pagani said. “You don’t need 2,000 CVs (horsepower) to thrill the driver.”

The Pagani C10 will be here very soon

The Pagani Logo at the Geneva International Motor Show
The Pagani Logo at the Geneva International Motor Show | Uli Deck/picture alliance via Getty Images

Pagani already drove it himself for several hours to fine-tune each detail. Pagani slated the C10 for a 2023 release, but don’t get too excited if you want to buy one. Every planned model is already spoken for. While the car remains to be seen, we can be positive that the C10 will exude perfection because it was designed without compromise.

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