Pagani’s Zonda heralded a new era in the European hypercar, and the follow-up retained many of the signatures that made the Zonda such a knock-out success: a demonic Mercedes-AMG V12, drama-filled looks, lashings of carbon-fibre, and exemplary dynamics.
First shown in 2011 the Huayra (pronounced ‘why-ra’) was named for a South American wind god, and was limited initially to 100 units thanks to a limited supply of the V12 engines from Mercedes-AMG. The twin-turbocharged M158 6.0-litre V12 produced 537kW (720hp), which was enough to propel the two-door coupe to a top speed of 383km/h and run 0-100km/h in just 2.8-seconds.
After launching in 2012 to critical acclaim and huge fanfare, the 100 initial units were sold-out by 2015 with production ending in 2018. It was followed by a Roadster, first shown at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The open air variant, also limited to 100 units and now sold-out, makes 562kW (764hp) and weighs in at 1280kg, which is 70kg lighter than the coupe.
First seen at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, only 20 of the track-oriented BC coupes and 40 BC Roadsters are slated to be built, using a new form of carbon-fibre that Pagani call Carbon-Triax. The hardtop BC model produces 555kW (745hp) and weights just 1218kg, while the BC Roadster makes 588kW (789hp) and tares in at 1217kg.
As with the Zonda there have so far been 11 custom special edition Huayras, including the Carbon Edition and the 730S “Da Vinci”, which become instant collector pieces reselling for many times their previous sales price.
Australia scored its first Pagani dealer when Zagame Automotive Group won the rights to represent the brand Down Under. Pagani even brought a then-new BC model for Japan’s “Drift King” Keiichi Tsuchiya to drive demo laps at the World Time Attack Challenge in 2016! The cost of a Huayra in Australia starts at $1.5 million, and climb when options or custom modifications are added.
In the USA, Pagani has come to represent a boutique halo vehicle, like Koenigsegg, which stands head and shoulders above “common” hypercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini or Porsche. Thanks to their extreme limited numbers and the amount which they can be personalised it means Huayras are bought and sold across the world, leading to fierce competition for buy prices.
The limited production runs also means the rarity of Paganis drives prices up, so you’ll have to ensure your piggybanks are overflowing before looking for a cheap 2nd-hand Huayra!