January 26th, 2011

Unboxing: Pagani Huayra

Earlier this week saw some dodgy scanned magazine pages of the new Pagani supercar, but here it is in full hi-res glory. Say hello to the Pagani Huayra, the latest offspring from Horacio Pagani and the replacement for the Zonda.

As you can see it has quite a fishy design. With an elliptical Basking Shark-esque mouth and gull wing doors it looks a bit like a mythical creature or an unsuccessful cross-breeding experiment. The launch colour doesn’t really do the car any justice in the studio shots, but if you look below of the shots on the road it looks a lot better.

Here are the facts. The Huayra is powered by a Mercedes-Benz, AMG-built, 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 with over 700 horsepower and over 1000 Newton metres of torque. All this power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox which helps the Huayra achieve a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed in excess of 235mph.

A lot of technology used on the mental Zonda R has been carried directly over to the Huayra, including suspension parts and aesthetic tweaks like the oh-so trendy LED running lights. The all-new monocoque is carbon-titanium, with the gull-wing doors incorporating a large part of the roof to maintain rigidty whilst still being incredibly light as the car weighs in at 1350 kg.

No matter what we think about the styling of the Huayra, Pagani want us to think about the car as a big aircraft wing. It has been designed with various aerodynamic aides and an ECU that can gather data about speed, yaw rate, lateral acceleration, steering angle and throttle position and change the aero set up to make the car as neutral as possible.

When cornering, two flaps on the rear adjust to increase downforce and give more grip to the unloaded inside wheels, and reducing body roll. The ECU is also linked to the front suspension, which is firmed up under heavy braking to counter the weight transfer.

Inside there is a cockpit designed in the typically exuberant and luxurious fashion we have come to expect from Modena’s other supercar manufacturer. With leather from only the best cows, exposed aluminum and carbon fiber touches, it is a work of art. The steering wheel has taken a leaf out of Ferrari’s book with important controls like the lights, wipers, indicators, and even a Pagani manettino switch, which alters the cars set up and traction control being on the wheel.

There is no doubt that the Pagani will be a very capable supercar otherwise Horacio wouldn’t have signed it off. But we still haven’t made our mind up on the styling and there are sure to be the typical Pagani design touches which you can only notice when seeing it in person. With a price tag which will be near the million pound mark what do you think of the Huayra? Should it be left at the bottom of the ocean feeding on plankton or flying high with those gull wing doors? Tell us in the comments or Tweet us.

Words: Rowan Horncastle