Keeping the 12-Hole Engine Alive
A day will come when the V12 is no more. It will be a sad changing of the guard and when that happens, electric cars will likely be plentiful. However, Horacio Pagani, founder of Pagani, said in an interview that he plans to keep building V12 supercars for a while. We already loved Pagani, and now we love the company and its founder even more.
In an interview with Autocar, Pagani said that the next car that the company produces, the replacement to the Huarya, will have a V12 engine in it. He said the following specifically:
This next model will have a similar philosophy. It will have a traditional combustion engine, a new-generation Mercedes-AMG V12 twin-turbo. We have a very close relationship with Mercedes already and this new V12 engine will be homologated until 2026.
2026, you say. We love it. The Mercedes-AMG V12 is a fantastic engine and the fact that a new version of the engine is coming is wonderful. It doesn’t mean that V12 engines won’t disappear at some point, but it’s good to know that we’ll have at least until 2026 to buy a Pagani with one of these engines in it.
Additionally, the company is working on an electric vehicle. The next Pagani supercar will be one that can have either an internal combustion engine or an electric powertrain. It will be interesting to see which one is quicker and better to drive. While the electric car will without a doubt be quick, it will never match the sound of the V12. Nothing can.