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Pagani Testing New Huayra Variant?

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It was only a day ago that we reported Pagani’s run of Huayra supercars would eventually feature a track-focused version called the Nürburgring Edition, similar to how the previous Zonda supercar had a hardcore R variant. Now, one of our spy photographers has managed to snap these shots of a Huayra test mule outside Mercedes-AMG’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany.

The AMG hot house builds the bespoke twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine that powers the Huayra, and it appears engineers are testing some modifications made to the engine in this latest mule. Some cables can be seen running from the engine bay into the cabin, and according to our photographer the cables are plugged into a laptop being operated by an engineer in the passenger seat.  

The engine in the Huayra is currently rated at 700 horsepower, but with rival hypercars such as the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Koenigsegg Agera all developing in excess of 900 horses, the Pagani’s numbers are starting to look a little feeble. Even higher volume models like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and Lamborghini Aventador (50th anniversary edition) are more powerful than the Huayra.

Then there’s also the threat of some new track-focused models such as the upcoming LaFerrari XX and P1 Track, so perhaps Pagani is looking to counter these as well.

We’ll update the story as soon as more details emerge.

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