Out of all the exotic multimillion-dollar high performance automobiles exhibited at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, the Pagani Huayra arguably stole the show. Based on Horacio Pagani’s mouthwatering Zonda supercar, the Huayra boasted refined ergonomics for better handling, complete carbon fiber bodywork and Futurist-inspired aesthetics that made us feel as though Uberto Boccioni himself had a hand in the Huayra’s visual conception. Pagani channeled wisdom from Leonardo da Vinci during the Huayra’s conception, stating that “art and science are disciplines that need to walk alongside.” There’s no mistake that the Pagani Huayra is not only a beastly performance machine, but it’s also work of art.
The Huayra’s Mercedes-AMG 12-cylinder twin turbo powerplant is capable of cranking out 700HP and 740 lb.-ft. of torque, which Pagani says is intended to mimic the brute force of an airplane taking off. This is also one of the lightest and most efficient supercar engines in production, producing the lowest CO2 emissions in its class, according to Pagani. The Huayra has a 7-gear transmission with an AMT robotized system that has programmable driving settings for different types of engine performance. With an overall stress on weight savings, the Huayra tips the scale at just under 1 1/2 tons, or 2,970 lbs, and the car has a 44% front/56% rear weight distribution. A top speed of 230MPH is nothing to sneeze about either.
Inside the Pagani Huayra, the supercar is just as impressive with leather bucket seats, polished aluminum trim, a carbon fiber glove box and touchscreen LCD. Premiere Ohlins suspension soaks up the bumps while Pagani performance calipers bite down on oversize rotors. The Pagani Huayra is unmistakable in appearance, thanks to its dual circular headlights, wide honeycomb grill and quad exhaust pipe configuration in the rear. Compared to the 1,200HP 1,106 lb.-ft. torque Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the Pagani Huayra is a tame kitten, though we’ll have to see if Top Gear drags the two speed machines in an episode this year. The Pagani Huayra will flaunt a price tag of $1.4 million, though that figure is dependent on how much customization you want to add.