How’s This For A Front-Engined Pagani Grand Tourer?

For its entire existence of two and a half decades, Pagani Automobili has been synonymous with ultra-rare, mid-engine supercars.

The mid-ship layout with rear-wheel-drive is the way to go as far as supercars and hypercars are concerned, and that won’t change anytime soon. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean people can’t imagine different types of cars built by Pagani.

Russian designer Igor Krasnov certainly did and his challenge was to envision a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout for a Pagani. Naturally, that resulted in fundamentally different proportions, as these well-executed renderings prove. Whereas the Huayra has a short front hood and a long rear section behind the cabin, this hypothetical creation completely reverses the proportions.

The unnamed Pagani coupe features a very long front hood with enough room underneath to accommodate the Mercedes AMG-built twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers 730 PS (720 hp) in the “standard” Huayra coupe.

The short boot lid that follows the sweeping roofline makes the rendered car look more like an Aston Martin than a Pagani. Still, the renderings prove that Pagani’s current styling language would work even when applied to a grand tourer.

Okay, maybe the wing-mounted mirrors are a bit too much, but the rest of the car doesn’t look half bad — including the gullwing doors. The designer made some changes to the front and rear lights but even so the car looks like something that would be made in the company’s Atelier in Modena.

If Pagani ever decided to build an ultra-exclusive grand tourer with a front-mounted engine, it would probably look a lot like Krasnov’s creation.

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  • Mr. EP9

    How about no?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed. Looks off.
      If other magnificent Paganis did not exist, then sure. but they do.

  • Six Thousand Times

    This chop obviously started out as an Aston.

  • J-Triumf

    I’d much rather have the opposite happen: start conceptualizing more 2-seat sports cars as rear-mid layouts, which tend to have better profiles and more balanced proportions than front-long cab-rearward clichés.

  • holyworrier

    This is a beautiful concept. Paganis have always looked like deep-sea creatures. This one looks like an automobile.

  • Thunderbolt

    Wow, what a beauty.

  • ace_9

    No, it does not work. It still has many styling elements of a hypercar. It’s similar to the Civic situation. It looks too aggressive for a normal car.

  • Bash

    Why? What’s a point. If you want a front engine super amazing brilliant car, go get the LFA. But this should be a mid engine. Period!

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks better than most of the generic aggressive sports car design that come out these days.

  • BGM

    Oh for the love of all that’s holy Horacio, BUILD THIS THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • That’s just plain ugly.

  • B.Stokes

    Although I get Spyker and TVA vibes…. Issa no for me dog.

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