Thursday, February 17, 2011

Huayray! New Pagani Supercar to be Officially Sold in the United States

We have some pretty good news for Pagani fans with a hefty bank account in the States; the Italian firm is finally entering the U.S. market for the very first time with its new Huayra supercar. The company's previous model, the Zonda, was barred from the U.S. due to emissions restrictions, but that's not the case with the new Huayra.

According to Pagani Automobili's managing director, Francesco Zappacosta, the 700-horsepower exotic supercar will cost around $1.1 million and it’ll be available later this year initially through two select dealers.

The prohibitive price tag coupled with the fact that the Italian maker expects to reach its maximum production capacity next year producing only a few dozen cars annually, guarantees that the Huayra won’t be a common sight,.

The Zonda replacement’s future looks bright, as other players in the niche are either winding down production – the case of Volkswagen’s $1.3 million Bugatti Veyron – or are years away from presenting a worthy opponent.

Those lucky enough to get their hands on a Huayra are going to receive a truly high-tech and custom tailored exotic machine. For example, the body of the gullwing is constructed from carbon fiber combined with titanium strings, which prevents body parts from shattering. Inside, the instrument panel was designed by a Swiss watchmaker and is accompanied by a host of elements made from aluminum. But, ultimately, the customer dictates what goes into the car, as Pagani is ready to meet any specifications. “We see ourselves like a custom suit maker,” Zappacosta said.

Named after a South American god of wind, the Huayra is motivated by a brand new AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 700HP and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of mountain-moving torque. No 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time has been released, but the 1,361 kg (3,000 lbs) supercar is said to have a top speed of 370 km/h or 230 mph.

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