Pagani’s Huayra (say “why-ra”) borrows its name from the Andean god of wind, Huayra-tata. Huayra-tata is well-known for its hurricane winds and rains and is especially fond of whirlwinds. Once those winds find themselves on the other side of the Andes, they become better known by the name Zonda-which the astute will know was Pagani’s previous hypercar which the Huayra replaces. If you read into it as much as we have, you could draw the conclusion that the Pagani Huayra is Zonda’s daddy, of sorts. A glance at the spec sheet will confirm that analogy: the Huayra’s 720 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque are improvements over the majority of Zonda’s many special edition models. The Zonda R packed 750 hp into a stripped-out body capable of bolting to 60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds. The R wasn’t road-legal, however, the fact that the standard Huayra can nearly match its astonishing figures is proof that company founder Horacio Pagani has indeed advanced the game with this new model.
Construction is, as in the Zonda R, largely composed of advanced materials-namely carbon fiber and titanium. Together, they grant the Huayra, which is longer and taller than the Zonda, a dry weight of just 2,970 pounds. Add in a few more for the likely U.S.-spec-curb weight, and you’re still left with a car that tips the scales at about the same weight as a Lotus Evora S, just with double the horsepower. While the performance specs are harder-edged, the styling is anything but. The Huayra is still recognizably a Zonda, but the shape is far softer, more matured, and more feminine, and the Huayra soothes with its gently contoured flanks and friendlier face. Where aerodynamics previously relied heavily on sharp creases and right angles, active aero measures now allow for a more organic shape that’s more modern and pleasing. The interior is still as flamboyantly Pagani as you’ve come to expect, but more technology, including a touch-screen center stack, has been seamlessly integrated into the artsy surroundings. The Huayra is a leap forward for Pagani into the new-school supercar era of lightweight, high-efficiency turbo technology. Now that the company is seeking U.S. federalization for the Huayra, we can look forward to finally seeing these beauties on American roads.
6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12
7-speed automated manual
2,980 lbs dry / 3,741 lbs wet
Rolling artwork that extensively utilizes the wind
Functional styling not loved by all