Thirteen Paganis tour through Italy
Family reunions of distant cousins can be dull occasions. But when the family is Pagani, that’s a different matter entirely...
Posted: 12 Aug 2013
The appreciation of the truly special also attracts high-value, low-profile customers like you wouldn't believe. Twenty Huayras have been delivered, and 90 are on order. And if you want one, you'll have to wait until some time in 2015 to get it. The recession simply hasn't happened for some.
Of course, in the real world, you'll never get to legally appreciate the 230mph, 730bhp Huayra on the streets. But we've just made it to Florence, where real-world rules don't apply to an Italian supercar - especially when there's a cavalcade of them. Police outriders are sweeping the way forward, shooing old ladies in Fiat Pandas into ditches to make way for the Pagani parade. Davide Testi, Pagani's tattooed chief test driver, has offered me a ride. "The torque of this engine is incredible," he says with a casual cackle. As a demonstration, he plants his foot. The power arrives with very little lag, and a fury of sucks, whistles and pops from the twin turbos is overriding the mechanical sound of the AMG-tuned 6.0-litre V12 behind my head. It's not an attractive noise like the scream of a naturally aspirated V12 Zonda, but, even so, we're now heading over a bridge across the Arno... sideways.