Over the years, many new car companies have come, and most of them have now gone, but not Pagani. The Zonda was so good at being a proper supercar, it genuinely took sales away from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
However, as good as the Zonda was and still is, Pagani couldn’t continue in business by just coming out with special edition models of it. Pagani had to build a successor, and here it is.
It’s called the Huayra (hard name to pronounce I know, doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue does it) and it is the mother of all mean machines. Just look at it, every detail on this car looks like it was designed to hunt and kill anything in its path.
It might not be as elegant as the Zonda (which itself was losing its looks as more and more special edition models came out), but I am sure no true car guy would pass an opportunity to get up close and personal with it.
It’s not all looks and no substance either, in true Pagani fashion, it packs a monster engine. Gone is the old normally-aspirated 7.3-liter, V12 of the Zonda, replaced by a new, more powerful twin-turbo, 6.0-liter, V12 taken from the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz. With a little massaging from Pagani, this unit now produces 700 hp and 811 lb/ft of torque. Considering all this power has to move just 2976 lbs. of mass is not bad at all. As before, power is only sent to the rear wheels, but unlike before you now get a 7-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters.
Will it be quick, oh yes. Expect the 0-100 km/h sprint to take just 3.3 seconds and onto a top speed of about 370 km/h. That should satisfy even the most jaded speed freaks.
The Huayra will get its first public reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March where Mr. Horacio Pagani will be all too pleased to accept your order, just as long as you can write a legit cheque for € 1-million (Euro).