Pagani has finally revealed its much rumoured and much anticipated successor to the Zonda, the Pagani Huayra. Some people are already calling it ugly, but designing a successor to the mighty Zonda is always going to be a tall order. At least it has a good name, as Horacio Pagani’s newest design is named after the Andean god of wind, Aymara Huayra Tata. It’s obvious that the new beast has softer styling and isn’t as aggressive as the Zonda, but the two models still have a lot in common and share a similar silhouette. The newcomer even gets a pair of SLS-like gullwing doors, which introduce the driver to a bespoke interior.
The Pagani Huayra will be powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG-built 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine capable of churning out over 700 hp and a torque of over 740 pound-feetwhich is enough for a toe-curling 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed in excess of 230mph. The Huayra’s M158 engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Of course, power is nothing without control, and if our eyes don’t deceive us the car actually can deploy either of its two front or rear spoilers higher or lower to help it carve through the corners.
The Huayra is built around an new carbon-titanium monocoque frame, while the body parts are constructed from carbon-fiber. Lightweight materials are also used throughout the car, so the Huayra tips the scales at 1,350 kg (2,976 pounds). As for dimensions – the Pagani Huayra is 4605 mm long, 1169 mm tall and has a width of 2036 mm, with a wheelbase of 2795 mm.
Inside you’ll find all the luxury touches you’d expect, including a cockpit slathered in beautiful hides and exposed aluminum and carbon fiber. In the center is a multi-function display that promises to integrate performance information when the car is switched to sport mode, but the rest of the time will give you satellite navigation and other infotainment features, talking to your phone over Bluetooth.
Meanwhile, the Huayra has bi-xenon headlights reminiscent of the Zonda R as well as LED daytime running lights that blend into the elliptical shape of the mouth front. Further, the integrated rear bumper diffuser is in an elliptical frame that has the Pagani’s characteristic four tailpipes.
At £850,000 ($1.35 million), the Huayra doesn’t come cheap, but Pagani will have no shortage of customers if this thing really does deliver on its performance promises.