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Pagani Huayra review

Published: 13 Jan 2015
Pagani's follow-up to the Zonda is absolutely breathtaking

Good stuff

Insane interior, active aero, sheer depth and intensity of performance

Bad stuff

It genuinely will frighten some people silly


What is it?

For a start, it’s pronounced ‘H-wire-ah’, it’s the successor to the almighty Pagani Zonda and it’s named after a South American wind god called Huayra Tata. A mid-engined hypercar with a better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron SS, the 1,350kg Huayra uses a 6.0-litre AMG-sourced 60-degree V12 with two turbos to produce 700-ish bhp and 728lb ft of torque. Translation? Zero to 62mph in less than 3.5 seconds and ‘over’ 230mph. There’s a seven-speed sequential driving the rear wheels only, and the ‘box is interesting in that it isn’t a dual-clutch: Horacio Pagani believed that the increase in weight (70kg extra) over a normal sequential wasn’t the kind of trade-off he wanted to make.

Another interesting fact about the Huayra is the fact that it employs four aerodynamic airbrake-type flaps at the corners of the car to maximise downforce and minimise drag depending on yaw, throttle position, steering angle and braking force. It also has gullwing doors and a titanium exhaust. In fact, the Huayra is just one big conversation piece.

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The most recent version is the Huayra BC, named after Pagani's first customer, the late Benny Caiola. Only 20 will be made, at £2.1million. All have been sold. 

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What's the verdict?

The glitzy, gorgeous Pagani Huayra is simply the king of the niche hypercar market.

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