2011 Pagani Huayra Preview

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The wraps are finally off Pagani’s new supercar, the Huayra (pronounced why-eera), which like the Zonda it replaces was named after a South American wind. Also like the Zonda, aerodynamics once again played a major role in the car’s development, which is one of the primary reasons that its controversial styling ended up the way it did.

Key elements of the new Pagani Huayra are its active aerodynamics, AMG-built V-12 engine and bespoke carbon fiber construction.

Looking past the odd smiley face grille, we can see that the Huayra sports a pair of flaps incorporated into the bodywork at the front and rear. These are controlled by a computer that monitors speed, yaw, lateral acceleration, steering angle and throttle position and are adjusted as necessary in order to produce optimal downforce.

The computer is also linked to the front suspension, which hardens and softens depending on braking to counter the weight transfer. Another key element of the Huayra’s design is the addition of gullwing doors, which are sure to attain mixed opinions. 

The heart of any car is its engine and in the Huayra’s case, Pagani has selected a unique twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine developed by the engine gods at AMG. It develops a peak output of 700 horsepower at a low 5,000 rpm and a monstrous 811 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm.

Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a single clutch seven-speed automated Xtrac gearbox, and when combined with the car’s 3,064 pound curb weight, will hurtle the Huayra to 62 mph from rest in just 3.2 seconds and see it reach a top speed of over 235 mph.

Despite being an all-out performance machine, the interior of the Huayra looks as luxurious as a Bentley or Rolls, if not more so. Looking like a finely crafted Swiss watch, the cabin is filled with plush leather, aluminum and glass trim and a multi-function steering wheel. There’s even a small controller that allows the driver to adjust the electronic stability control and transmission settings, similar to Ferrari’s own Manettino switch.  

As much as we loved the Zonda, its lack of availability here in the U.S. meant that it would always remain a dream for most, even those who could afford it. However, the new Huayra is scheduled to come with full U.S. homologation in tow, though its expected million dollar pricetag will still keep it out of reach for most.

Stay tuned for a world debut of the new Pagani Huayra at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show this March.


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Comments (9)
  1. the interior is gorgeous!!!!

  2. I have to agree. This is what the interior of a supercar should look like... just look at the instrument cluster.
    I was so disappointed by how drab the interiors of the Ferrari 458 and McLaren 12C looked.

  3. The interior of this vehicle is fairly lean in means of true GT comforts, the plump plushness of the DBS or even the Conti GT are inviting firsthand. Yet I do appreciate the means of functional detail (the Shift linkage of the transmission and lever) it is competing in my opinion of the spyker C8 model, almost directly. This tarmac vessel is a complete package by the comforts of leather and electronic features for daily use, and a stance that buckles a boxers knees yes. but the over all appreciation of the car will still take time to accomplish in full as those I stated prior. Tried and True GTs and Road bred race Vessels, their interiors are for long trips, this vessel is a country tourer at best. quick and wide scene viewing at short bursts of seat time, with a slight stop in at the office. I am a Fan regardless.

  4. I may not have got this across in first comment; but I feel this is in a class other than the 458, DBS, or even the Bentley GT. It is a new range of the ever classic presentations brought to us by Ferarri's thoroughbred F..car's, as they are straight from the track add a luxury touch to production. this is a clear interpretation of such tarmac vessels. all meat, no fat, of the crispest hides. looks like prime choice.

  5. It took me a long time to accept the Zonda's design bu this new model turned out far better than I thought. This design IMO will become an instant classic and will last the test of time. No cars in the world today can come close to the design on the interior of this car. Truly a supercar in its best form! I already envy those who will come to own such magnificent work of arts!

  6. I love the gull wing doors. They add another level of lunacy to an already insane car. Well done. Pagani understands exactly what a supercar (or is this more accurately a hypercar) is meant to do, draw stares. This is the kind of car for which you build a showroom in the front of your mansion, in Monte Carlo.

  7. Does anyone knows why it is called huayra? My best bet is it is a quechua word, meaning "wind"...

  8. To my eyes the side profile looks a lot better than a front look, but then, this is a Pagani and every external feature will have some aerodynamic significance. A beautiful car and I'm probably going to sound heretical when I say this, but it would look better in red IMHO than any current Ferrari does.

  9. It's like this car came-out of a Barbarella/Flash Gordon flick, it's so explicitly outrageous!

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