Pagani is one of those manufacturers that many don’t understand. Most people assume it’s just another kit car, which it clearly isn’t, as you shall see. Since most Paganis end up being garage queens, witnessing one in the flesh is a privilege reserved for a lucky few.
The Pagani Huayra came in 2011 as a successor to the critically acclaimed Zonda. It befits the Pagani badge and sports it rather proudly. Where a supercar costs a few hundred thousand dollars, this engineering masterpiece starts in the millions going even further depending on the level of personalization. The Huayra easily qualifies the “art on wheels” with extraordinary levels of visual artistry and craftsmanship.
If you’re left in awe, prepare to be blown away by the hypercar’s crazy intricacies. What you’re signing up for is a breathtaking exhibition of passion, dedication, and exquisite dexterity—all presented in a package that’s simply gorgeous. With unmatched quality and next-level attention to detail, the Huayra’s interior—in simple terms—is the automotive equivalent of a high-end luxury watch.
The Pagani Huayra’s Interior Is Simply Mesmerizing
As you make yourself into the saddle, the instrument cluster, followed by the gear shifter and the entire center console in general is made with extreme commitment. There’s no plastic whatsoever. Everything is either metal (aluminum or titanium), leather, or carbon fiber. The interior is bathed in high-quality animal skin, with auxiliary components like the climate control buttons and instrument binnacle milled from aluminum. Also on display is a 67-piece gear selector stick that’s, quite simply, a tactile instrument of military-grade quality.
Of course, nothing’s limited to a predefined template. Anything the owner wants is possible with Pagani. Look over to the footwell, and you’ll be greeted to a set of gorgeous pedals milled from aluminum. The chassis you step over—after opening the sexy gullwing doors—is a blend of carbon fiber and titanium. As for the seats, they’re yet another display of craftsmanship. Very sculptured in design with the world’s quirkiest height adjustment tool.
It’s rather conspicuous and is located on the saddle itself, between your legs if you’re seated. Rotating the knob increases or decreases the seat height. As you can tell, it’s far beyond your conventionally arranged supercar controls. Overall, the Pagani Huayra comes equipped with perhaps the most spectacular car interior of all time. The very best in the industry, shall we say.
The Huayra’s Exterior Design Is Equally Impressive
Just like the Zonda, witnessing a Pagani Huayra is a feast for your eyes. The exterior is impeccably sculpted with sumptuous curves never before seen on a road car. For instance, the wing mirrors (literally mounted on the front wings instead of the doors) resemble the shape of a woman’s eye. Nobody in the automotive business can think of something like this and genuinely pull it off unless it’s Pagani.
Pagani cars represent the highest level of precision and attention to detail. One example is the Huayra badge found on the rear bumper. It’s made out of a solid block of aluminum and takes 24 hours to complete the process. Customers are presented with the block of aluminum—from which the badge has been machined—when taking delivery of the car.
Another fact worth mentioning is that each of the 1,400 bolts in the Pagani Huayra is cast from grade-seven titanium, with each individual bolt having the Pagani logo etched into it. At more than $80 apiece, the price of the bolts alone is in excess of $112,000. For that money, you could buy two C8 Corvettes or even a decently specced Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
As Fast As The Wind
The Pagani Huayra uses a Mercedes-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 making 720 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. When the Huayra BC Roadster launched, it debuted a modified version of this (M158 codenamed) V12 with several tweaks to increase power and efficiency. Weighing in at just under 3000 pounds, the Huayra is capable of reaching a top speed of 238 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The level of aerodynamic sorcery at play is a first for Pagani, and the execution is a display of Horacio’s engineering and artistic skills. Something rare in today’s automotive industry.
Unlike the Zonda, when Pagani was largely a budding company, things have changed. If you have the money, Pagani will make any wish come true. All examples of the Pagani Huayra (100 Coupes and 100 Roadsters) have been sold out, and occasionally a few end up hitting the used market. Asking prices have gone well above their original MSRP. Most of its new owners are paying the premiums, while some are finding it difficult as there are no available Huayras to purchase. Quite frankly, a first-world problem, a glimpse at perhaps one of the few hardships the mega-rich have to harden.