Official details of Pagani's Huayra released

Pagani has shown off the official pictures and details of its Huayra – the supercar set to replace the iconic Zonda.

According to Pagani's boss, Horacio Pagani, the car has been in development for seven years, since the 2003 launch of the Zonda S Roadster.
"We decided to imagine the car totally different in form, dimension, dynamics and technology, all this without losing the essence of our approach," said Pagani, who said they started by viewing the Zonda as now being an "obsolete project".

The Huayra – pronounced 'h-wirer' – is set to be powered by a 6.0-litre, twin-turbo V12 that was created for Pagani by AMG, continuing the relationship that was forged with the Italian company's first supercar. The basis of engine comes from the Mercedes SL65 Black Series, but Pagani commissioned AMG to tweak it to reduce turbo lag and improve performance.

It comes with more than 690bhp and 811lb/ft of torque, which should see acceleration figures in the sub-3.5 seconds region and a top speed around 230mph, although all these figures are unofficial estimates for now.

The Huayra is slightly longer than the Zonda, with the track lengthened by 70mm, but the designers have worked on the looks to soften the visuals compared to its predecessor. This was not just for aesthetic reasons though.

"The whole car is shaped as a wing so it was necessary to create a high front to reduce the length of the upper part of this wing to counteract lift," said Pagani. The looks then work with the front active suspension and four aerodynamic flaps to create optimum stability.

The interior is designed to be more comfortable and spacious than the Zonda's, with more room and a sat nav some of the elements offered to make long journeys more enjoyable.

They had better be pretty enjoyable, as the new car is set to cost around £1,000,000 when it goes on sale in the spring.

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