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All hail the new Pagani Huayra Roadster

Limited edition, 760bhp €2.28m convertible supercar revealed. And it’s sold out

Published: 14 Feb 2017

Pagani claims 1.8G, the highest lateral acceleration “ever seen on a car with road tyres”. Better strap in then, ladies and gentlemen: doff your caps to the new Pagani Huayra Roadster.

Actually, maybe just remove your caps entirely. Using lessons learned from the mad Pagani Huayra BC, the new Huayra Roadster gets Mercedes-AMG’s ‘M158’ V12 (it’s a unit specially built for Pagani), with a pair of turbos bolted on, producing 760bhp, and more than 737lb ft of torque.

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Which, packed into Pagani’s carbo-titanium monocoque and allied to a seven speed X-Trac gearbox, means you can experience 1.8G of lateral acceleration and 760bhp to the fullest. Though no 0-62mph time has been given, expect it to hover at around three seconds.

The car comes with two roofs: a removable carbonfibre hard top comes with a central glass element, allowing you to get the looks of a coupe, and the freedom of a convertible. There’s a fabric roof which can be stored inside the Roadster for when needed, and installed in “just a few simple steps”. Given it’s probably raining when you rummage for it, simple is good.

Elsewhere, Pagani has installed active aero flaps – two up front, two at the back – that work together with the active suspension to ensure downforce is optimal both on and off track.

There’s also been work on the front section and extractors, along with a flat underbody, to help curtail turbulence and air flow. Functional yes, but it also looks cool.

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Did we mention the suspension? Using lessons learned from the Huayra BC, Pagani forged the suspension components out of a lightweight aluminium alloy it calls ‘HiForg’, which, compared to the standard Huayra Coupe, lightens the car by 25 per cent. This means a total kerbweight of just 1,280kg (dry), unusually making it lighter than the Huayra Coupe. A full 80kg lighter than the Coupe, no less. A featherweight, packing a heavyweight punch, if you will.

There are brakes, too. Big ones. Namely 380mm carbon ceramic Brembos front and back (six-pot calipers on the fronts, four-pot at the rear), housed inside forged aluminium monolithic 20/21in wheels. Pirelli were tasked with building a specific tyre for the Huayra Roadster to allow much G force and grip.

Just 100 Huayra Roadsters will be built, with each one costing €2,280,000. Or a whisker short of £2m. Though it’s a moot point, because all 100 have already been sold.

“If we think of the Huayra Coupe as a personification of elegance and timeless lines,” explains Horacio Pagani, “the Huayra Roadster was to be the rebellious sister, shapely and beautiful, but with a sharp edge for those who are careless”.

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