We know how the Pagani Huayra got its name -- Huayra Tata is a South American god of the wind, and Pagani founder Horacio Pagani (and former Lamborghini designer) was born in Argentina. What we don't know so well is how to pronounce Huayra. The previous Pagani, the Zonda, was also named for an Argentinian wind, and it served as a basis for the design of the Huayra. The Zonda had been around since 1999 when, in 2006, Horacio Pagani decided it was time to move forward with a new supercar. The new car was ready for its debut in February 2011.
Like the Zonda, the Pagani Huayra uses a 6-liter, 12-cylinder engine sourced from Mercedes-Benz AMG. The turbocharged powerplant has 700 hp on tap, and 737 lb-ft of torque. As many systems as possible are built right into the engine, or are located very close by. It's a surprising -- and surprisingly obvious, once you think about it -- way to save weight by eliminating or shortening the hoses and wires required. The M158 engine has more power than any other used by Pagani, but it also has lower emissions. Speaking of which, the exhaust note from the titanium muffler is tuned to rumble and roar as only a Pagani can.
The Pagani Huayra design team was inspired by the wind, the flow of air, and the need to update the Zonda, which had first been drawn up in the early 1990s. Like many supercars of the early twenty-first century, the Huayra was designed to be longer than its predecessor, with more room in the cabin and a larger fuel tank for touring. Pagani did not, like other manufacturers at the time, add a back seat. The aerodynamics of the wing-shaped Huayra can be controlled by the central computer, which lowers the ride height and adjusting the flaps at the car's corners during braking, accelerating, and cornering.
When you're moving as quickly as the Pagani Huyara will allow, there's no time to reach across space to turn up the radio's volume. Pagani has integrated all the most-used controls into the steering wheel, including the seven-speed gearshift paddles. (Fear not, purists; there is still a mechanical gearshift.) The dashboard is machined from a single block of aluminum and features "clarinet-style" switches for heating and a/c. A central touch screen controls the nav system, audio selections, Bluetooth connection, and more, but all pertinent driving information is displayed in the dash directly in front of the driver.
- Engine: 6-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 twin turbo
- Horsepower: 700 hp
- Torque: 735 lb-ft
- Top speed: 230 mph
- 0-60 mph: TBD
- Price: TBD