Top Gear drives the Pagani Huayra
Cars like this only come around so often. Here's Tom Ford's take on Pagani's latest masterpiece...
Posted: 19 Dec 2012
The trade-off for that slow-speed passivity, apart from its ability for clever packaging, according to Pagani, is weight: up to 100kg less than an equivalent double-clutch gearbox, rated to cope with the Huayra's massive torque. And that's 100kg in an inconvenient place in terms of dynamics, even mitigated by Pagani's clever placement. Trouble is, when you first drive a Huayra at normal speeds, it just feels clunky, and, in a car costing upwards of £800k, that could be an issue. It's a problem exacerbated by the prodigious nature of that turbo V12, and the way it delivers. It makes power almost like a huge diesel engine: low-ish rev-range (all but over by about 5,500rpm, red-lined at 6,500) and barrel-chested urge. But the problem with interrupting such a brawny output - as any single-clutch 'box has to - is a jerky gearchange. Imagine someone pushing hard against a door. If you open that door - even for a split second - it's going to release a lot of energy. The harder the push, the more violent the reaction. And the Huayra can't help but push damn hard.