Pagani's Next Car Will Have a V-12 and a Manual

Or if that's not what you want, you can have an all-electric version.

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This year, Pagani is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Zonda, but at the Geneva Motor Show, we talked to company founder Horacio Pagani about the future. Specifically, a car that's codenamed C10, the successor to the Huayra. According to Mr. Pagani, it won't arrive until 2021, but it should be worth the wait.

Pictured above, the Huarya Roadster.

The C10 will be offered in two very different forms—one will have a brand-new twin-turbo V-12 from Mercedes-AMG and a standard manual gearbox; the other will be totally electric. Hell yes, Pagani's bringing the manual back. But, for those who want it, there will be a paddle-shift gearbox, too.

Speaking through an interpreter—his son, Christopher—Pagani said around 70 percent of his customers are asking for the manual gearbox. He's a big fan, too—just ask him about his 911 R. But, it's a bit of a different story with the all-electric version.

"There have been no existing or prospective customers asking for a full-electric car," Pagani said. "No dealer is asking for it, but we believe in it. We believe that this is going to be a big challenge for us; it's going to help us to be very creative, to be very proactive, to use fantasy.

"It'll be a very expensive project, but we believe it is the right thing to do."

Of course, Pagani wants it to live up to his gas-powered cars, which means it'll be a lightweight work of art. Pagani thinks they'll do a good job keeping weight low—typically a problem for electric cars—because the company makes all its carbon-fiber in-house. Of course, there'll be lots of aluminum and titanium as well, just as you'd expect.

The V-12 car won't have any hybrid technology at all. But, Pagani is quick to point out that it with AMG's help, it'll meet California's stringent emissions requirements, and you'll be able to bring one to the US without needing to lean on the Show & Display exemption.

But first, we'll get a Huayra BC Roadster, which we'll see later this summer. Pagani only builds around 40 cars a year, and just one model at a time, so it needs to finish base Huayra Roadster production and BC Roadster production before it can start building the C10.

And no, the car won't be called C10 when its all done. Expect something a lot more fanciful.

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