Vijay Pattni26 January 2011

Pagani unveils the Huayra hypercar

Sensational successor to the Zonda breaks cover. Your bedroom wall demands it…

Pagani Huayra

Pagani has finally revealed its much rumoured and much anticipated successor to the Zonda: Top Gear fans, meet the Pagani Huayra.

The Huayra, pronounced h-wire-a, is only the second model to emerge from Pagani, and features a twin-turbo 6.0-litre AMG V12 producing 730bhp and 811lb ft of torque.

Pagani hasn't released performance figures, but rest assured they will be lightly shattering; that 730bhp AMG V12 - made specifically for Pagani - only has to propel 1,350kg of Huayra, and the tyres are rated to 230mph.

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At its heart, the Huayra's tub is constructed from Pagani's exclusive carbon-titanium, inside which sits that monster AMG engine and a bespoke seven-speed paddleshift transmission from Xtrac. The suspension is a race-type pushrod setup, with adjustable Ohlins dampers and aluminium alloy wishbones.

The tech on the Huayra reaches a veritable zenith with four individual computer-controlled flaps on the car's upper surfaces, allowing the downforce on each corner to be controlled. Yes, programmable downforce in a road-car.

It gets gullwing doors, and the central console inside is machined from a solid billet housing a multi-function screen. As you can see from the pics, the interior is a work of automotive art.

Mr Pagani also reckons the Huayra can achieve 23.5mpg on the combined cycle, which, taking into account everything you have just read, is nothing short of a marvel.

We've got the full scoop on this near £1 million Italian exotic in the new issue of Top Gear magazine, on sale now.

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