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Pagani doesn’t have a new model or a new engine on display at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Rather, the Italian supercar maker used the opportunity to showcase a new Sonus Faber sound system for the exotic (and hard to pronounce) Huayra.
A mystery teaser was recently released by Italian supercar maker Pagani, and a new follow-up video has now been released revealing that the brand is teaming up with Sonus Faber sound systems.
Supercar maker Pagani has released a new cryptic teaser clip that asks, “can you decipher the clues?”
10. Honda Odyssey
I want a Lotus 2-Eleven, a Ferrari 599XX, an Evora GTE and I’ve always wanted a Range Rover too. Sadly, even the garage in my dream world has rules and picking just 10 cars to fill it is as hard as choosing my favorite child. As a result, each of my Top 10 dream cars serves a special purpose, and none are quite so purposeful as a Honda Odyssey.
On a list you’d expect to find Lambos and Bugattis, mine starts with a minivan. Still, it’s the Bugatti of minivans, and with a $44,000 price tag the Touring Elite model is definitely more first class than coach.
And before you doubt my sanity, understand, I have kids.
It’s got more toys than any other and features that plenty of luxury cars would be jealous of. You say your $300,000 luxury limo has self-closing doors, a fridge and a TV in the back? So does the Odyssey. And you can watch two movies at the same time!
I thought about filling this spot with a Range Rover, but really, if you’ve got two little ones in booster seats like I do, the only thing that makes parenting easier than sliding doors is having grandparents to watch your kids.
When was the last time a car’s braking performance made headlines? Or when a vehicle’s defining feature was listed as its ability to come to a stop in a hurry?
The new Pagani Huayra continues the brand’s unique design language from its insect feeler-like mirrors to the unmistakeable afterburner-style exhaust.
The video featured below is packed with details perfect for car geeks. It dives into detail about the production process, telling you about the complex materials that the Huayra is made up of, and the important safety of the fuel-tank (It cuts off fuel as soon as it detects a collision), among many other tech-heavy details.
If mechanical specifics aren’t your thing, you can just look at the borderline car-porn of the fully finished product and the sheet-metal underneath it. You also get plenty of wonderful motor sounds as the Huayra zips around the track. Click the jump to see for yourself.
Horacio Pagani has never built a boring car in his life, starting as the designer of Lamborghinis and moving on to create his own over-the-top super car company, Pagani.
A biography has been released by Pagani, celebrating the life and times of its founder, and showcasing his youth and how he came to be the creator of some amazing cars.
Born in 1955 in Argentina, Horacio Pagani had only early European car magazines for influence as a young boy. The man also idolized Leonardi Da Vinci and tried to replicate Da Vinci’s idea that art and science can be married into one practice.
At a young age, Pagani was already designing cars that had futuristic looks, and eventually went on to get his first work in the industry at Lamborghini.
Watch the first video in the series here.
Ever wonder what it takes to build one of the world’s finest Italian exotic automobiles? Pagani has decided to share a documentary showcasing how its Huayra was born, and how it’s built.
We’ve seen a lot of automotive-related videos in our time, and this may just be the finest 15 minutes you can ever spend on an online video. Pagani really needs no introduction, being one of the few automakers that have created a formidable opponent to Italian rivals Ferrari and Lamborghini. There are no automotive enthusiasts in the world who haven’t heard of the Pagani Zonda, and now its successor, the Huayra, will be capturing our attention for years to come.
Watch the documentary after the break.
If you like supercars, then you’ll love the Geneva Motor Show. It’s a venue for niche automakers like Pagani and Koenigsegg to display their latest products, plus each year in Geneva the two best known exotic Italian automakers, Lamborghini and Ferrari, reveal their latest models.
For a look at these, plus all kinds of wild machines you’ve probably never heard of, watch the video below:
Having recently unveiled the successor to the beautiful Zonda, the catfish-faced Huayra, Pagani used the Swiss venue to debut a carbon edition of that very car. Coated in an exposed and high-gloss carbon fiber body, it’s an outrageous machine and is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo AMG V12 making 700 hp and over 700 lb-ft of torque.
GALLERY: Pagani Huayra Carbon Edition
GALLERY: Pagani Huayra
If you had twelve children every year, would you love them all the same? It might be hard to keep track, but as is true with any parent, seeing one of your babies hurt would be tragic.
While it’s a bit much to think of cars as children, and some people do, the Pagani Zonda is a rarity in the luxury supercar market because the company only produced one every month starting in 1999 and stopped production last year. That is enough to tug on enthusiast heart strings and evoke a passionate response when one of these rare birds gets its wings clipped.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what seems to have happened in Hong Kong. Pictures started floating around a forum, showcasing a wrecked Zonda in the middle of an intersection. There aren’t many other details to report on the wreck, but it’s clear from the picture that the car was on a tight city street. You can see that the driver hit a pole, but beyond that it’s tough to speculate on the incident. Click here to see the forum for yourself.
GALLERY: Pagani Zonda F Roadster
10. Porsche 918 Spyder: $845,000
The list of the Top 10 most expensive new cars is even more shocking that you might expect. Released by Forbes, you can forget the Ferrari 458 or the $300,000 Lamborghini Aventador because even at the low end of the scale these models start at right around the one million mark.
In 10th place, at $845,000 is Porsche’s upcoming flagship, the 918 Spyder. When it does arrive later this year, it will come powered by a high-revving V8 engine making more than 500 hp, mated to a plug-in hybrid system that adds over 218 hp. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds, with an incredible 78 mpg rating.
Contrary to published reports, the Pagani Huayra supercar will go on sale in America in the near(ish) future. The brand’s only previous model, the Zonda, was never federalized and it looked as though the unpronounceably-named Huayra would suffer the same fate, with Pagani failing to get an airbag exception from the U.S. government.
Earlier this week AutoGuide contacted Pagani public relations head Catia Pramazzoni who informed us that the information was not correct. Now GTSpirit has shed some light on the exact reason why the Huayra will come to the U.S. after all… if a little later than expected.
Apparently Pagani was prepared for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s refusal, but had submitted the request three years ago in an effort to buy time, and allow for development of the airbag system. While not yet complete, Pagani is working to meet NHTSA’s standards and so the Huayra could see a slight delay in deliveries with shipments arriving in early 2013, rather than late 2012 as originally planned.
The Huayra is powered by a AMG-sourced twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine making 700-hp, with a top speed of around 230-mph.
GALLERY: Pagani Huayra
There are supercars, and then there are supercars. Sure the Bugatti Veyron holds the world record for the fastest production car, but as impressive as that is, it will never hold the hearts of auto enthusiasts like the Ferrari F40.
If those similar yet different vehicles represent two distinct categories of supercar, the Pagani Zonda falls in the latter. Built in Italy, the Zonda is a true exotic and makes even the Enzo seem as common as a Camry by comparison. (Pagani built just 12 Zondas a year during the car’s run).
But the ultimate Zonda is the “R”, a track-only special model that weighs just 2,359 lbs. Powered by a 6.0-liter AMG V12 engine that makes an incredible 750-hp and 524 ft-lbs of torque, the Zonda R can hit 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and holds the Nurburgring record for production-based cars at 6:47.
But perhaps more amazing than all these statistics is how that big AMG V12 engine sounds, especially mated to a sequential shift box. Video of the Zonda R on track has surfaced before, but listening to this engine never gets old. This latest clip shows the car on track (with the Huayra, the Zonda’s successor) at Adria International Speedway in Northern Italy. Behind the wheel is former F1 driver Andrea Montermini. Turn your speakers up and enjoy!
Watch the video after the jump:
Turns out, being rich and looking good ain’t enough to get you by in this business. The Pagani Huayra has to step in line with the proletariat: just because it’s a six-figure, low-volume supercar, doesn’t grant it an exemption from America’s airbag regulations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stopped giving waivers to their airbag safety regulation which is now 11 years old. As such, Pagani will need to invest over 4 million Euros in bringing its airbags up to spec, which include adjusting deployment speed based on weight sensors in the seats.
Currently, the only companies with waivers are Tesla, for its Roadster (which expires this year with its end of production) and Lamborghini (whose waiver expired in February). Pagani planned to only sell 5 cars in America next year, but they’ll have to still play ball like everyone else. As such, they assert that without a waiver, they won’t be able to sell cars in America until 2015. “Although Pagani has realized profits in recent years, the company asserted that immediate compliance with the advanced air-bag requirements will cause substantial economic hardship,” said a notice issued by NHTSA. Pagani estimates that lost sales during that period will total $4.5 million.
Given the likelihood of exotic cars and the lack of talent among their owners, however, Pagani may need to swallow this bitter medicine in the end. It’s for your own good, remember?
GALLERY: Pagani Huayra
The Pagani Zonda C12 7.3 Roadster is undoubtedly one of the most striking and desirable supercars on the planet. Most car enthusiasts would be willing to do just about anything to own one.
However, even we are not sure if we would want a pink one, but one such example exists and it is going on the auction block at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.
This particular example is a 2004 model, and it started out life colored yellow. Somewhere along the way, the owner decided to send it back to Pagani and modify it to Zonda F specifications.
That meant its engine is now producing 604-hp and thanks to its new exhaust, it sounds even better than it did before. It got faster too, since it is now capable of sprinting from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and onto a top speed of 214 mph.
All this is very commendable, but then the owner of this right-hand drive example decided to have it painted in salmon pink, or as the ad says, “Elvis Presley Cadillac Pink.” What was he thinking?
To be honest, the Zonda Roadster is such a beautiful car, it even manages to pull off this color well, but if we bought it, we’d be sending it back to Pagani to have it repainted.
If you are interested in this piece, you can place your bid on July 1st at the Bonhams Auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We will do our best to keep you posted on who bought it and for how much.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Have close to $2.3 million burning a hole in your pocket? Want to own the final Pagani Zonda F Roadster to ever leave the assembly line? You finally have your chance, as the number 24 Pagani Zonda F Roadster, sporting 621 miles on the odometer is up for sale. Even though Pagani Zonda had wanted to create 25 F Roadsters, only 24 ever made it out of the factory.
One of the most rare and expensive supercars in the world, the Pagani Zonda F Roadster features a 7.3L powerplant that pushes out 650-hp and 575 ft-lbs of torque. Pair that up to a 2,720-lb body and you’ve got yourself a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Zonda F number 24 also includes a sport exhaust, a manual transmission and some additional Cinque fins at the front.
So, what are you waiting for? We’d love to have the final Pagani Zonda F Roadster that was ever produced in the hands of an avid Autoguide.com reader.
GALLERY: Pagani Zonda F Roadster
[Source: GT Spirit]
With the Gumball 3000 already underway (it started May 26), the folks in charge of the international parade of shenanigans has released a video showing the rally’s start in Covent Garden, London. The 19 minute video shows over 100 of the most magnificent and rare supercars in the world. Even the rain couldn’t stop the massive crowd that gathered to watch the beginning of the world’s most fun and most glamorous rally.
The 3000 mile rally will start in London and end in Istanbul over a seven day period across 10 countries, via Paris, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Milan, Venice, Zagreb, Belgrade and Sofia. It was also revealed that the 2011 rally would cost £25,000 to take part in.
Participants include the “who’s who” of the international social scene, Sheikhs, entrepreneurs, oil tycoons, and dot com billionaires.
The incredible line up includes Pagani Zondas, Bugatti Veyrons, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Porsches, Morgans and several Lotus’, and this year, over 20 eco and concept electric cars are taking part as Gumball enters a new decade of green motoring!
Check out the video after the jump!