Pagani is one of those manufacturers that many do not understand. Most people assume it’s just another kit car, which it clearly isn’t, as you’ll see. Since most Paganis end up being Garage Queens, seeing one in the flesh is a privilege reserved for the lucky few.
The Pagani Huayra arrived in 2011 as the successor to the critically acclaimed Zonda. He suits the Pagani badge and wears it rather proudly. Where a supercar costs a few hundred thousand dollars, this masterpiece of engineering starts with millions and goes even further depending on the level of customization. The Huayra easily qualifies as “art on wheels” with extraordinary levels of visual artistry and craftsmanship.
If you’re impressed, prepare to be blown away by the crazy intricacies of the hypercar. What you are signing up for is a breathtaking display of passion, dedication, and exquisite dexterity, all wrapped up in simply beautiful packaging. With unrivaled quality and next-level attention to detail, the Huayra’s interior, simply put, is the automotive equivalent of a high-end luxury watch.
The interior of the Pagani Huayra is simply fascinating
When you get in the saddle, the instrument cluster, followed by the shifter and the entire center console in general is done with extreme commitment. There is no plastic. Everything is either metal (aluminum or titanium), or leather, or carbon fiber. The interior is bathed in high-grade animal skin, with ancillary components such as the climate control knobs and the instrument binnacle milled from aluminum. A 67-piece gear selector is also on display, it’s simply a military-grade touchscreen instrument.
Of course, nothing is limited to a predefined template. Everything the owner wants is possible with Pagani. Look down to the floor and you’ll be greeted by a set of beautiful aluminum pedals. The chassis you step onto – after opening the sexy gullwing doors – is a mix of carbon fiber and titanium. As for the seats, they are yet another demonstration of know-how. Highly sculpted design with the world’s most original height adjustment tool.
It is rather visible and is located on the saddle itself, between your legs if you are seated. Turning the knob raises or lowers the seat height. As you can see, this goes far beyond your conventional supercar controls. All in all, the Pagani Huayra is equipped with perhaps the most spectacular car interior ever. The best in the business, shall we say.
The Huayra’s exterior design is equally impressive
Just like the Zonda, attending a Pagani Huayra is a feast for the eyes. The exterior is impeccably sculpted with sumptuous curves never before seen on a road car. For example, the exterior mirrors (literally mounted on the front fenders instead of the doors) resemble the shape of a woman’s eye. Nobody in the automotive business can think of something like that and really succeed unless it’s Pagani.
Pagani cars represent the highest level of precision and attention to detail. An example is the Huayra badge found on the rear bumper. It is made from a solid block of aluminum and takes 24 hours to complete the process. Upon delivery of the car, customers are presented with the block of aluminum from which the badge was machined.
Another fact worth mentioning is that each of the Pagani Huayra’s 1,400 bolts are cast from grade seven titanium, with each individual bolt having the Pagani logo engraved on them. At over $80 apiece, the price of the bolts alone exceeds $112,000. For that money, you could buy two C8 Corvettes or even a decent-spec Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
As fast as the wind
The Pagani Huayra uses a Mercedes-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 making 720 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. When the Huayra BC Roadster was launched, it launched a modified version of this V12 (code name M158) with several tweaks to increase power and efficiency. Weighing just under 3000 pounds, the Huayra is capable of reaching a top speed of 238 mph and accelerating from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The level of aerodynamic sorcery at play is a first for Pagani, and the execution is a demonstration of Horacio’s technical and artistic skills. Something rare in today’s automotive industry.
Unlike the Zonda, when Pagani was largely a fledgling company, things have changed. If you have money, Pagani will grant any wish. All examples of the Pagani Huayra (100 Coupes and 100 Roadsters) have been sold, and sometimes a few end up making it onto the second-hand market. Asking prices went well above their original MSRP. Most of its new owners are paying the premiums, while some are struggling because there are no Huayras available to buy. Frankly, a first world problem, a glimpse of perhaps one of the few hardships the mega-rich have to endure.