Well, Pagani really didn’t do much this year at the Geneva Motor Show, but we weren’t expecting much either.
What they did is display two Huayras on their stage and look quite fancy doing it. After getting back to the hotel and sorting through the pictures, I realized that I only took two pictures of the red Huayra; I focused almost completely on the blue one. Subconscious attraction to that car in blue I guess?
The Pagani Huayra, if you’re not familiar (and if you’re not, what are you doing here?) is Pagani’s latest – the successor to the incredible Zonda we all fell in love with many years ago. While I don’t think the Huayra is anywhere as sexy as the Zonda, it’s a technically impressive machine, to say the least.
Topping the Top Gear power laps board (although that’s been contested recently since they used different tires for the power lap than comes on the car standard,) the Huayra’s secret weapon is its body. Weighing in at only 2,976 lbs, the car has four flaps that adjust and vary their position depending on the data it gets from yaw and pitch sensors, as well as lateral acceleration, steering angle and throttle position.
Under the impressive carbon fiber skin is an AMG-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 730 hp and 738 lbft of torque. Able to reach speeds of over 230 mph at top speed, it gets from zero to sixty in 3.3 seconds and lapped the Top Gear track in only 1 minute 13.8 seconds. The transmission is a seven-speed sequential gearbox and despite many supercars transitioning to a double-clutch system, Pagani went with a single clutch tranny to save weight.
All-in-all, this car was designed from the beginning to go around a track as quickly as possible, and it delivers. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it’s not for the energy-conscious; it gets 10 mpg in the city and 14 on the highway.
Enjoy gawking over the rest of the photos of the Pagani Huayra from the 2013 Geneva Motor Show: