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
Pull back the lever to engage first gear, and another slight frown is lurking. Because the seven-speed sequential gearbox at slow speeds feels very old-school. The initial clutch take-up is disjointed from the throttle - you have to press the pedal quite far to get any reaction from the transmission, at which point you manage a small lurch into forward motion. Which comes as a surprise when seamless refinement has become the industry standard. The same goes for leaving the gearbox software to make changes in Auto mode, or trying to lazy-shift as you might in a car with a DSG, because the Huayra will bob and nod and act spoiled. It also takes time to shift into first or reverse, pausing while software processes the request.