V12 engines. The Huayra's successor. An SUV?
The entire automotive industry is changing at this very moment. The transition from internal combustion to hybrid and plug-in hybrids is in full force while all-electric powertrains are not far behind. Eventually, EVs will become mainstream, but it's not something that'll happen immediately. Hypercar companies are also preparing for this transition. Just look at Rimac, which builds the Concept One and C_Two hypercars and designs, engineers, and develops battery and electric motor technologies. The likes of Porsche and Hyundai are already doing business with Rimac. Sweden's Koenigsegg has also been at the technological forefront and its Regera surely won't be the last hybrid hypercar it builds.
And then there's Pagani. Founded by Horacio Pagani in 1992, this company prides itself on combining uber-luxury with V12 engines, all of which are built exclusively for Pagani by Mercedes-AMG. But will it too build an electric hypercar? Yes. Pagani told us as much last March at Geneva.
What we didn't know is how much longer the V12 will stick around. Thanks to Autocar, we have our answer. The Huayra's production life is about to come to an end, Pagani admits, further evidenced by the Huayra Roadster BC's introduction. What will come next? For now, it's internally called C10 and it's scheduled to launch in 2022. And yes, it'll be powered by a V12.
"This next model will have a similar philosophy. It will have a traditional combustion engine, a new-generation Mercedes-AMG V12 twin-turbo," Pagani himself said. "We have a very close relationship with Mercedes already and this new V12 engine will be homologated until 2026." However, Pagani also outright admitted the C10's platform will be modified to accommodate an all-electric powertrain. When will it be ready? Potentially by as early as 2024. Pagani sees the writing on the wall.
"At the beginning, our clients tended to be car collectors in Europe in their 50s or above," he said. "Now the average age has dropped significantly and we have a lot of younger buyers in Asia Pacific and also in North America and Silicon Valley." The times are definitely changing, not only due to stricter emissions regulations but also customer tastes. Hypercar EVs with ridiculous amounts of instant torque are going to be the next big thing and Pagani can't afford to miss out.
Pagani is also considering an SUV. Yes, really. "If I had to come up with a Pagani SUV, it would need to have a price tag of €3 million or above to be in line with our current strategy," Pagani explained. "We don't know if there is any market for such a product, but there could not be any compromise. If there is a Pagani badge on a vehicle, it must be the highest quality. But it is something that has been discussed a number of times with collectors."
To help move the project along, Pagani has already chosen an obvious partner. "We would access the technology of Mercedes-Benz because they produce SUVs, and because of the close relationship we enjoy, we could maybe use the big SUV platform."