Every product has a shelf-life – even limited production supercars. The original Pagani Zonda was introduced in 1999 at the Geneva Motor Show.
Nearly 12 years later, Pagani is planning the rollout of its redesigned supercar, the Huayra. The Huayra brings an increased level of attention to detail, developmental prowess and – most importantly – performance. The Zonda was never sold in the United States.
Private buyers have imported the Zonda to the U.S, but Pagani never entered our market in an official capacity. There have been various reasons bandied about, such as the car not meeting U.S safety and emissions standards.
The Huayra has no such excuses, meeting emissions and safety standards in all countries around the world. In addition, Pagani did just fine without selling here as well, with the company managing to sell every car it could make. However, with the Huayra the Italian manufacturer is finally setting its sights here.
Horacio Pagani, founder of the company commented, saying: “We are thrilled at the opportunity to represent the Pagani brand in the United States and we look forward to the successful launch of the Huayra…..this automobile is the result of five years of dedicated effort from the Pagani team and we see this as an unprecedented opportunity to continue expanding our vision of the future for the supercar industry.”
Pagani’s managing director Francesco Zappacosta has confirmed the car will be sold in the U.S through two dealers. Price tag? A cool $1.1 million. Who said performance was cheap?
The Huayra gets its engined sourced from Mercedes-Benz AMG, utilizing a 6.0-liter 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine custom built for Pagani. The 12-cylinder unit makes 700 horsepower and puts out 738 pound feet of torque. That power is put to the pavement through a 7-speed sequential gearbox by racing firm Xtrac. With a weight of just 2,976 pounds, we can’t wait to see the performance figures achieved by the Huayra. More information on the car’s U.S-arrival is said to come in the next few weeks.