Pagani Huayra wears its blue coat at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 7, 2013

The Pagani Huayra, the one million euro hypercar that replaces the Zonda, is on display at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. During development, the Huayra was known as the C9. The Huayra, which means ‘god of wind’, is pronounced ‘Wirer’ with a heavy Spanish accent. Company boss Horacio Pagan said that developing the Pagani Huayra took seven years and that it offers a type of supercar that’s different from the Zonda.

The Huayra, which is powered by a bi-turbo 6.0-litre V12 engine, continues Pagani’s collaboration with Mercedes’ AMG department. Pagani will be selling two Huayra versions. The standard engine has an output of 700bhp and 664lb ft while the Sport version offers 730bhp and 811lb ft. 

This block is shared with Mercedes’ SL65 Black Series but Pagani has tasked AMG to diminish turbo lag and boost the throttle progression. This resulted in new heads, pistons, manifolds and turbos. Pagani has not released many details about the Huayra’s performance but so far, it claims to have reached a top speed of 230mph and to have accelerated from zero to 62mph in 3.3sec.

It is also equipped with a three-stage Bosch traction control system.  The Huayra comes with a mandatory seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox that’s produced for Pagani by UK race specialist XTRAC.

To lessen the drivetrain’s length, the gearbox is mounted transversely at the back of the engine. The Huayra is bigger than the Zonda and bears more safety equipment but its kerbweight has been maintained at 1350kg (dry). Coupled with the forced induction, the Huayra is homologated for the US. This marks the first time for a Pagani to have done so.

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