Pagani's Huayra Sports Car Reaches 230 MPH Speed

With Ferrari's new FF on display around the world, Pagani decided to show the venerable Italian marque what a sports car really looks like with the unveiling of their new Huayra supercar.

Unlike most automakers in today’s times, Pagani has chosen the less conventional root with the Huayra’s styling. To some, this new machine might seem repulsive, but that’s simply not the point, as this sports coupe is designed to cut threw the air like a knife, as it can achieve speeds around 230 miles per hour.

The new Huayra will get some new additions that should help its practicality, such as bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lamps. The backside of the Pagani features center-mounted quad exhaust tips and a carbon fiber rear fascia. Due to this vehicle’s massive speed capability, the automaker has equipped the Huayra with two active flaps at the rear that can automatically adjust, based on current speed and handling.

While it might not be much to look at, the new Pagani is certainly powerful. Under the hood is a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 with 700 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. Pagani has stated that the new Huayra can hit 62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds, so if speed is important, one can forget about the questionable looks.

Pagani has attached a seven-speed sequential transmission to the Huayra’s engine. This new gearbox has shaved off 70kg over the previous version, as the entire transmission only tips the scales at 96kg. Pagani has not released shift times for the dual-clutch setup, but one can imagine they will be brutally quick.

The suspension comes from the Zonda R, which is some good news. The high-performance Zonda was scary fast and handled like a Formula One car and now, the Huayra might do the same.

In order to optimize the vehicle’s speed and efficiency Pagani made the Huayra as light as possible by using a plethora of carbon fiber, forged aluminum and carbon-titanium. The end result is a vehicle that only weights 3,000 pounds, with 56 percent in the rear and 44 in the front.

When designing the interior, Pagani attempted to avoid becoming the next Chevrolet Corvette. The cabin is filled with leather and more luxury than a premium sedan. The overall style is striking, but it looks good and should make drivers feel right at home.

The Huayra will be ready for sale in early 2011 and the price tag will be around one million Euros, so start saving now.

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