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It’s Official: We’re Getting The Pagani Huayra

Posted in Exotic Cars, Featured, Geneva Motor Show, Pagani by Kurt Ernst | February 16th, 2011 | 3 Responses |
2012 Pagani Huayra

The Pagani Huayra: funny name, fast car. Image: Pagani Automobili

Pagani’s follow up to the Zonda supercar is named for Huayra Tata, the “Father of Wind”, as worshipped by peoples in Bolivia and Peru prior to European settlement. The fact that the name is utterly unpronounceable in English won’t stop Pagani from brining it to the United States, and that’s a very good thing. A few Zondas made it to this side of the pond, but none were “officially” imported by Pagani. The Huarya represents Pagani’s first attempt at branding, marketing and selling cars on this side of the pond.

2012 Pagani Huayra

Image: Pagani Automobili

In case you’ve missed details on the car, Pagani starts with a carbo-titanium monocoque, adds gull-wing doors and stuffs in a 12 cylinder turbo engine good for an estimated 700 horsepower. Advanced composites are used throughout the car to reduce weight and ensure rigidity, and the Huayra tips the scales at just under 3,000 pounds. Pagani spent a considerable amount of time in developing the cars aerodynamics, and based the shape of the engine intakes on designs used for supersonic aircraft in the 1950s and 1960s. Design specs call for a zero to sixty time of 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 230 miles per hour and lateral acceleration of 1.5g on street legal tires.

2012 Pagani Huayra

Image: Pagani Automobili

Look for details on pricing and distribution to be announced later this year. Rumor has it that Pagani will only build 40 copies per year, and that the price will be at least $1.4 million, so plan accordingly.


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