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The Top Gear car review:Pagani Huayra
For:Insane interior, active aero, sheer depth and intensity of performance
Against: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.
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.