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Bask in the gorgeous details of this Pagani Huayra Tempesta

It's exquisite. It's rare. It’s for sale. We can’t buy it. But it’s free to look…

  1. Pagani Huayra Tempesta front quarter

    Ye gods. Would you look at that…

    Yeah. Y’know how there’s that common conceit that ‘all modern cars are boring’? Well, pipe down there, elbow patches; Pagani wants a word. 

  2. Pagani Huayra Tempesta rear quarter

    Is that a standard Huayra?

    Is there such a thing as a ‘standard’ Huayra? Or Pagani, for that matter? In any case, this isn’t a standard Huayra.

    It has something called the ‘Pacchetto Tempesta’ – ‘Storm Package’ - and it confers some serious benefits, at a very serious price.

  3. Pagani Huayra Tempesta interior

    What price?

    The Tempesta pack costs £126,000, and gets you a trick aero package developed with Dallara, lightweight rims and a hand-welded titanium exhaust.

  4. Pagani Huayra Tempesta rear

    Explain.

    The gist is that famed chassis developers Dallara collaborated with Pagani to work on the front splitter, rear diffuser and underfloor aero profile. The revisions were so successful that Pagani developed four-way adjustable shocks with Ohlins, in order to deal with the new demands of a high-downforce setup.

  5. Pagani Huayra Tempesta

    I hear that term a lot. What does four-way adjustable even mean?

    Well, a shock absorber – also known as a damper – works in two directions: compression and rebound (or return). If you can adjust the amount of damping on both the compression stroke and return, you could say that it’s two-way adjustable. But four way? Sounds like madness, right? Shocks don’t work in four directions.

    What shocks can do, however, is work quickly or slowly – it stands to reason that the way a shock behaves over a sharp pothole will be different than a long undulation in the road. This is known as high-speed and low-speed. And some very good shocks can be adjusted for high- and low-speed compression, as well as high- and low-speed rebound. 

    Now you know.

  6. Pagani Huayra Tempesta engine bay

    That engine bay is a work of art.

    Indeed. Embedded within is a 6.0-litre, twin-turbo V12 sourced of course, from Mercedes-AMG, tuned here to produce 720bhp and 737lb ft of torque. Incredible.

  7. Pagani Huayra Tempesta interior

    Is everything on a Pagani built to look astonishing?

    Correct. Please admire this exposed gear linkage. Mm.

  8. Can you tell me a bit more about the aero?

    On top of the Tempesta pack, the Huayra has four independently operating flaps on each corner of the car. They’re controlled by the ECU, and instantly adjust to reduce drag, serve up more downforce or just rein in the body roll depending on how heavy your right foot is and your apex-clipping abilities.

  9. Pagani Huayra Tempesta luggage

    Um, thanks.

    Oi. You asked. And now it’s our turn to ask you a question – have you actually been reading, or have you been ogling the incredible, Disneyland-for-grownups engineering and styling?

  10. Pagani Huayra Tempesta luggage

    May have been a little too interested in those bespoke leather bags.

    Oh yes. The leatherwork throughout the Huayra is something else entirely, from the door to the seats. But finding specially fitted luggage - a $20,000 option on this car, no less - and made from the same leather? It makes us wonder what to keep in there – Montblanc fountain pens, perhaps, or a portable watch winder for our collection of limited-edition Vacheron Constantins and Audemars Piguets.

  11. Pagani Huayra Tempesta rear

    Bit off topic, though, aren’t we?

    Indeed. But it’s the little details like these, we find, that grab you by the left ventricle and turn a ‘Yeah, that’s a nice-looking automobile’ into ‘Oh my sweet lord, I must find a way to rub my face on that.’

  12. Pagani Huayra Tempesta front quarter

    You’re a little weird, aren’t you?

    Hey, if the shoe fits.

  13. Pagani Huayra Tempesta interior

    Quite. How many miles has it done?

    It’s been “well looked-after since day one,” according to RM Sotheby’s, and has covered just 640 miles from new from a single owner in California.

    (In fact, it was the first customer car to be delivered to North America.)

  14. Pagani Huayra Tempesta side

    And how much for this matt grey and carbon excellence?

    RM Sotheby’s is estimating a top price of around $2.8 million when it’s offered at next week’s Monterey sale. So let’s say £2.1m.

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