Pagani's Huayra Roadster Debuts After 6 Year Development

Geneva motor show coverage

Hannah Elliott


March 9, 2017 10:15 CET

Pagani's latest million-dollar, hand-built supercar, the Huayra Roadster, made its public debut at the Geneva auto show after six years of development.

Company founder Horacio Pagani called it the most complicated project he's ever undertaken.

The most significant characteristic of the new Italian supercar, which has been made in a sold-out production run of 100 units, is its brand-new removable rooftop made from carbon and glass.

The work resulted in some major changes, although they may be relatively indecipherable to the naked eye. In an atypical twist, the removal of the hardtop roof has helped reduce weight from the Huayra since unlike other convertibles it relies on a stiff monocoque chassis rather than extra engineering to keep it steady without a top.

The Huayra Roadster has a dry weight of just 1,280 kg (2,821 pounds) compared with 1350 kg for the equivalent coupe model. This is an especially impressive feat considering that at the time of its debut, the Huayra coupe was the lightest on the market.

Pagani's rear-wheel-drive Roadster is faster than the coupe even though it has the same setup of its predecessor: a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes-Benz AMG V-12 engine and a seven-speed, single-clutch paddleshift gearbox. It has the lighter weight and increased power of 764 hp vs. 722 hp for a zero-60 mph sprint time in fewer than 3 seconds.

This is a fraction faster than the 3-second coupe.

The Roadster's two seats are backed by rounded, cone-like mounts that project into the rear of the car. Huge air vents are just behind each front wheel, and a cube of four rear exhaust pipes sits centered between three round rear lights on each side.

The roadster has a starting price of 2.28 million euros ($2.41 million), but given the bespoke nature of production, each customer is likely to pay more for the car on delivery.


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