If money is not an issue and you want to drive the most exclusive Italian car that money can buy, Pagani Huayra is the answer!
If you thought Ferrari and Lamborghini were the most exclusive car brands from Emilia-Romagna, or Motor Valley as the area is called, you would be wrong. Just around the corner from those factories is Pagani Automobile, with other brands like Maserati and previously also deTomaso and Bugatti inhabiting the area.
“Pagani certainly doesn’t release new models each and every day like some other brands”
The company was founded by Argentinian Horacio Pagani, sharing his nationality with Alejandro de Tomaso. Pagani studied design as well as mechanical engineering in Argentina, designing a Formula 2 car as well as receiving scholarships from London and Pasadena before moving to Italy in 1983. One year later, he designed the Countach Evoluzione which was the first car with a carbon fiber chassis and subsequently got involved in the design of the Countach Anniversary and the Diablo. The Foundation of Modena Design, later to be known as Pagani Automobili, was founded in 1991 and its first car, the Pagani Zonda C12, was launched in 1999.
Pagani certainly doesn’t release models each and every day like some other brands do. The Huayra, pronounced 'H-wire-ah' like the South American wind god Huayra Tata, was the second model to be released, introduced in 2012. So, what happened in-between? Well, instead of making new models, Pagani has focused on different versions of the contemporary model. The Zonda came in a plethora of versions - F, Cinque, Tricolore, and Revolution to name a few.
The Huayra is too young to have that many versions, but a roadster version and the add-on BC exists. The latter is more adapted to the racetrack, with more aerodynamic details and a big spoiler in the back. There is also a super-exclusive special version of the Huayra named after Imola, the famous racing track in Italy. The car has been made specifically for car collector Oleg Egotov, who is the founder of the car styling company TopCar Design. Rumor has it five copies of the Imola will be produced.
The heart of the Huayra is a 700 hp 6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine from German AMG, the same company that refines and produces the sportiest models for Mercedes. You might think that a car with a price tag of almost ten million SEK would have a proprietary engine, but the benefits of using a well-developed engine from German AMG include increased operational security and service availability.
“Pagani have never been very focused on performance metrics or breaking speed records”
The car is equipped with a classic 7-Speed sequential automatic transmission to handle the massive torque of 1000 Nm. Since pretty much the whole car is made of carbon fiber, the weight has been greatly reduced. The Huyara weighs in at a neat 1350 kilos and the weight distribution is 44% on the front axis and 56% on the back axis.
What distinguishes Pagani from companies like Koenigsegg is that they have never been focused on performance metrics or breaking speed records. That being said, the Huayra will still do 0-100 in under 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of just under 400 km/h. And even though the numbers are not the most important part of a Pagani Huayra, that doesn’t make it any less interesting. A Pagani should be considered a work of art rather than a car to break records in.
Every detail is beautiful enough to display at an art museum, and you could spend an eternity just admiring the craftsmanship behind it. Nothing has been left to chance or mindlessly placed in the car. The incredibly beautiful, clear-lacquered, carbon fiber rear-view mirrors. The open, skeleton-like design for the transmission. The cluster of buttons and levers surrounding the steering wheel, making it look like a beautifully constructed aluminum aircraft. It all comes together in a masterpiece you could stare at forever.
The feeling of driving a Pagani is obviously as exciting as looking at it parked. The car comes alive in a way other cars can only dream of. To say that a Pagani is a comfortable car, however, is a false statement. You can hear everything, most of all the sound of the V12 engine behind your back, but also the mechanical noise of engaging each gear. Despite the tremendous power from the engine, this car can be controlled relatively well. I say relatively because in order to dare to explore the boundaries of this car, you have to be used to driving this type of car, and few people actually are. Especially not those who would actually buy, or rather invest in, a Pagani. The cars have steadily increased in value and in some cases the factory has actually bought back single versions to display in the museum adjacent to the factory, which is well worth a visit if you're in the area. This is the one place a mere mortal could get a chance to even get close to a Pagani Huayra, because the chance of seeing it on your neighborhood street is unfortunately minimal.
Base price: From $3.5 million.
Engine: 6-liter twin turbo V12, 700 hp. Torque 1000 Nm.
Transmission: Mid-engine, 7-step sequential automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive.
Acceleration: 0-100 in 3.0 sec.
Top speed: approximately 380 km/h.
Mileage mixed driving according to the manufacturer: 2.05 l/10 km.
Weight: 1350 kg.
Guarantees: No information.