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Jay Leno (Finally) Drives The Pagani Huayra: Video


In September of 2011, supercar builder Horacio Pagani brought his latest masterpiece, the Pagani Huayra, to Jay Leno’s Garage for a bit of show-and-tell. Since the car lacked advanced airbags and hadn’t been approved for U.S. sale, Leno never got a turn behind the wheel (although he did get some time in the passenger seat).

The Pagani Huayra has since been approved for U.S. sale, with several customers in California already placing orders. The time was right, then, to bring the supercar that blends equal parts engineering and fine art back to Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage for a second visit.

It’s clear that even Leno, no stranger to supercars and uber-expensive luxury automobiles, is impressed by the way the Huayra drives and sounds. The car’s AMG-tuned V-12 pulls hard enough that Leno acknowledges its 700-plus horsepower, and the sound of the turbos’ waste gates dumping boost repeatedly puts a smile on his face.

Despite the car’s aesthetic sensibilities, Leno likens its feel to the McLaren F1, another supercar that delivered owners a solid connection to the road. In light of the car’s blend of high performance and fine art, Leno even comments on its reasonable price point of $1.2 million.

If you pay close attention at the very end of the video, you can even see Leno doing the math in his head, pondering what it will take to put a Pagani Huayra of his own in the garage. Given his infatuation with the car, we’d be surprised if Leno’s name wasn’t already on the Pagani order list.
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