2012 Pagani Huayra - Geneva Auto Show
Those who'd grown tired of the now-decade-old Zonda and all of its unique variations will soon have a brand-new Pagani supercar to covet. Like its exotic precursor, the Pagani Huayra is set to retain a super-exclusive status and seven-figure pricetag for the dozen or two buyers each year sufficiently well-heeled enough to order one. Seven years in development and set for its official reveal in Geneva, this mid-engined/gullwing ultra-GT carries Huayra (WHY-ra) badging, which is the name of an ancient Incan god of wind and storms.
Like the Zonda, the Pagani Huayra gets its motivation from an AMG-sourced V12 engine mounted amidships. This new iteration of the M158 6.0-liter is a twin-turbocharged/intercooled variant fitted with a dry-sump lubrication system and superlight, free-flow exhaust plumbing. In this configuration, it makes "in excess of 700 horsepower" and 737 lb-ft of torque -- although a Sport version with 730 horses/811 lb-ft of torque also is rumored to be in the works. As with the Zonda, Pagani continued to use performance gearbox specialists Xtrac, who provided a superlight seven-speed sequential automated manual transmission for the rear-drive Huayra. Weighing in curbside at a svelte 2,973 pounds, Pagani says its new road rocket will run 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds and reach a top speed beyond 224 mph.
To help minimize its mass, the Pagani Huayra is based on a carbon-titanium monocoque structure which was engineered to meet all EU and U.S. crash standards. Its distinctive composite bodywork is designed to serve as an active wing. To facilitate that function, an independently adjustable/computer-controlled motorized flap at each corner automatically responds to varying dynamic conditions, raising/lowering the car's ride height to optimize the angle of attack and thereby ensure the lowest aero drag and greatest usable downforce. That main streamlining effort is further bolstered by the design and positioning of the array of air intakes/vents on the sides and upper body surfaces.
The Huayra's chassis is an equally impressive exercise in high-performance thinking. All new geometry micro-tunes the already brilliant Zonda's chassis responsiveness and new forged suspension components made from aircraft-spec Avional alloy help trim weight by some 30-percent compared to conventional forged aluminum pieces. Matched with Ohlins adjustable shock absorbers and bespoke Pirelli P Zero tires, the Huayra is capable of pulling 1.5g lateral loads, stunningly good for any street-legal car.
Inside, the Pagani Huayra's cabin displays a neo-retro flavor that matches fine leather, brushed aluminum and carbon fiber. The multifunction steering wheel puts all key functions directly to hand, including the shifter paddles. Beyond it, an instrument cluster inspired by the look of exotic Swiss watches features a digital display that can toggle the info data sets presented between "Sport" and "Comfort" modes. Rounding out the mix is a large central touch screen that handles audio functions, satellite navigation, climate control and Bluetooth functions.
No word yet on exactly when the first Pagani Huayra will roll out of the firm's production facility, which is located near Modena, Italy. It's believed that pricing will start around $1.4 million and at least a few of the new Huayras will actually make it to our shores.