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Pagani Huayra Roadster review

Published: 02 May 2019


What should I be paying?

Ha-ha-ha. Oh, the irony of writing an ownership advice section for a Pagani Huayra. Look, if you’re reading this and you already own one of these, well done. You have good taste, fabulous wealth and a streak of childish silliness about you. Never lose that. Now please go and drive your car.

If you don’t already own one, the news isn’t good, folks. All 100 Huayra Roadsters were spoken for before the car was officially revealed. You had to be pretty quick off the mark with your £2.3million.

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Of course, you might imagine Pagani will ‘Do A Pagani’ and now build forty-seven one-off, last-of-the-last Huayras, like it did with the Zonda. But don’t be so sure. Pagani is busy gearing up for its next supercar – the Huayra’s successor – which will use a new tub, and a new engine. So it’s got a lot on its plate.

If you want a Huayra, your best bet is to snaffle a second-hand one (don’t expect a discount) and then ship it back to the Pagani factory, where the company is happy to fit it with a new set of body panels, wheels, interior trim and so on, all to your exacting tastes. Do not expect this to come cheap.

Right, what else? Well, the engine might be downsized and turbocharged, but don’t expect economy ever to climb out of the mid-teens. It emits over 300g/km of CO2, so you’re going to be hit with the highest rate of tax in the UK. You can probably afford it. Tyres will cost more than a family holiday. Scratches don’t polish out of the gloss carbon too easily. You have been warned. But, there is some good news.

Paganis don’t depreciate, and Horacio Pagani himself advises customers on spec, and says he has and will turn down specs if they’re too outlandish. He won’t let you ruin one of his exquisitely intricate creations. Sorry, Kanye.

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