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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.
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.
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
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
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 Huayra is here at Adria International Raceway in northern Italy, doing what it does best—rendering our chins leaking with copious amounts of drool.
While the name “Huayra” is the sound a guy makes when getting punched in the stomach, we should be thankful that the car sounds better than that. The camera is mounted low at the Gatling-cannon exhaust, providing maximum earsplitting potential: play it loud and introduce a little gull-winged twin-turbo V12 into your neighbor’s lives.
Pagani has been making wonderful, exotic machinery for about a decade now, but despite Wyclef Jean having his to play around with, there has been no importer or dealer network to support the product Stateside.
So if you’ve been praying for Pagani to open a dealership in America, your prayers have been answered, sort of. Pagani just announced that two dealers will be handling sales for them in North America and both are located in California.
The dealers in question are; The Auto Gallery of Beverly Hills, and British Motor Cars of San Francisco (umm.. isn’t Pagani Italian!). While neither dealership will keep a car in stock, both will get a Huayra demo car.
We hope we will be granted some seat time in this exquisite, 700-hp supercar, and if you want to get on the dealers good side, adding them to your Christmas card list might help.
It’s hard to make a successful sequel, and in the styling department Pagani’s new Huayra is hardly a worthy successor to the Zonda. Overlooking the car’s catfish mouth is becoming easier with every time we see the car; our objections diminishing significantly when we first saw it in person at the Geneva Auto Show. Now we’re really starting to fall in love with the car thanks to some extra-sexy high-production quality video released by the Italian supercar manufacturer.
When it comes to performance, however, the car is not lacking, powered by a 6.0-liter V12 from AMG, the twin-turbo engine makes 700-hp and uses a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The entire chassis is made of carbon-titanium and coated in bodywork made mostly of carbon fiber. Weighing just under 3,000 lbs (2,976 lbs to be exact), the Huayra can hit a top speed of 230-mph.
GALLERY: Pagani Huayra Debut in Geneva
Check out the car porn after the jump:
The world of video games is full of competition, and getting the exclusivity to a feature helps get you a leg up on the competition. Now that Gran Turismo 5 is on sale (and receiving awesome patch updates) the world of console racing games is wide open. What can other video game developers possibly come up with to rival the fame of Gran Turismo 5? How about getting the exclusivity to include Pagani’s Huayra?
Shift 2 Unleashed, part of the Need for Speed series, will be the only racing game that will offer the ability to drive Pagani’s Huayra, virtually of course. We’ll be curious how the game executes simulating 700-hp out of a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis.
Shift 2 Unleashed will be available on March 29th in North America and April 1st in Europe.
Check out the video after the break.
[Source: Need for Speed]
While hardly the household name that Ferrari is, Pagani models are far more exotic and rare, especially because they’ve never been available in North America – until now.
Set to get its world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show, Pagani’s second all new model, the Huayra, will be offered to customers in the U.S., marking the first time America’s wealthiest could purchase one of the ultra exclusive automobiles.
“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,” said Horacio Pagani in a statement.
With overall styling similar to the Zonda, but with a large catfish front end design, the Huayra is powered by a twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12 engine making over 700-hp. As for the unpronounceable name, it aptly refers to the god of wind.
GALLERY: Pagani Huayra
With the Italian exotic car specialists at Pagani having just released the first photos of the new Huayra supercar last week, it’s all but guaranteed that a roadster model is in the cards. Keeping that in mind, we reached out to rendering expert Jon Sibal for his take on exactly how a roofless Huayra might look. And he delivered.
While it does add some sex-appeal to the exotic, it’s still a little hard to get over that catfish mouth.
The first Zonda Roadster debuted back in 2006 at the Geneva Auto Show with the official title: Zonda Roadster F. It featured an exposed carbon fiber body with a red pinstripe running along the body. The Huayra Roadster F, as seen here, continues this theme, but uses a dry carbon (matte) body.
When Pagani does decide to roll out a roadster model, it’s likely they will add a little extra power, as with the Zonda Roadster F, which saw a 50-hp bump. The Huayra trades the old V12 for a new twin-turbo 12-cylinder unit, meaning that upping the power won’t be hard.
When you make machines as exotic, powerful and achingly beautiful as Pagani does, coming up with an encore is a tall order. The maker of ultra-rare exotics has, however, decided to do just that announcing that the Huayra would be the official successor to the Zonda. Now Pagani has revealed its latest destroyer of Prancing Horses and Raging Bulls well ahead of the car’s planned debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
Details are still sketchy from the translated press release, but it’s clear that the Huayra makes over 700-hp and above 737 ft-lbs of torque from an Mercedes AMG-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12. Power makes it to the ground at the rear wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
No 0-60 mph time has been provided (and it’s mostly irrelevant anyway) as the machine is able to reach speeds of 230-mph. And weighing under 3,000 lbs thanks to a carbon-titanium monocoque, it’s certain to be an absolutely incredible track machine.
Outside, it’s hard to miss the catfish mouth that far less appealing than the timeless design of the Zonda. The Huayra also gets gullwing doors. The interior is typical Pagani extravagance, bordering on hideous, with enough carbon fiber to appease anyone and some stunning metal trim and cool blue lighting.
GALLERY: 2012 Pagani Huayra
Oh, the humanity! Pagani’s Zonda supercar was one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful cars of all time, but a purported spy shot coming from a Spanish language car magazine shows the Pagani Huayra to be a catfish-mouthed monstrosity, with all manner of gills, bulging headlights and a snout that looks like its perpetually open.
Sure, the car will cost over $1 million, be limited to 20 units per year and produce absolutely blistering performance, but…that face! We just can’t get over it. Lesson to supercar makers – different doesn’t have to be ugly. Just look at the Ferrari FF.
Pagani has just released the second teaser video in a five-part installment, before officially revealing its new supercar at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
Initially believed to be called the Huayra (a word that means ‘wind’ in the South American dialect of Quechua), the newest name being tossed around is Deus Venti. This likely won’t be the final name either, but it is a good one, meaning “God of the Winds” in Latin.
The video gives us a glimpse inside the Zonda successor, with an absolutely stunning interior made up of only the highest grade materials.
No other details have been confirmed, but the car is believed to do away with the old naturally aspirated AMG engine, in favor of a newer AMG twin-turbo V12, making 690-hp and over 700 ft-lbs of torque.
Watch the video after the jump: