Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pagani Huayra Roadster unveiled ahead of Geneva show debut

The Pagani Huayra Roadster will be limited to just 100 units, all of which have already been sold.

The rather young 1990s-born Italian supercar maker that made its mark in the world with the Zonda and Huayra, has revealed its latest model: the Pagani Huayra Roadster. The roadster version of the Pagani Huayra is set to debut in the flesh at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, but it has been revealed a few weeks before. Pagani will make just 100 units of the Huayra Roadster, with a price of USD 2.4 million each. But before you go to your nearest ATM to start taking out the cash, know that the Pagani Huayra Roadster has already been sold out. Pagani has already received purchase orders for all 100 units, which means that the closest you can get to the Huayra Roadster is at the Geneva show, by buying the car second-hand, or by setting the supercar as your desktop wallpaper.

The Pagani Huayra Roadster, as the name suggests, is the convertible (or roadster) version of Pagani Huayra, but it is more than just a roofless Huayra. This is an entirely new car, although it gets its overall styling from the coupe version. Pagani has said that the roadster is the result of its work on the mid-engined, hardcore Huayra BC sports car. It began work on the car back in 2010, but scrapped the project until it was revived in 2013. The roadster has been redesigned for improved aerodynamics, with a new rear diffuser and wider wheel arches, along with a new air intake and splitter. The Mercedes-AMG V12 engine inside is the same as that of the gull-wing Huayra, but it has been made lighter and stiffer, with a greater power output.

Some of the aerodynamic elements of the roadster are similar to the Huayra, with the same twin flaps at the front and rear to keep the supercar planted on the road. All the changes, however, including the use of carbon fibre panels for a lighter chassis, result in a boost in performance and handling dynamics. Overall, the Pagani Huayra Roadster is 80 kg lighter and 52 percent stiffer than the Huayra coupe. But all that light-weighting means that the roadster lacks a retractable roof. It can come with a carbon fibre roof with a glass panel, making it look like a coupe. It is also available with a fabric roof with a carbon fibre frame that is storable inside the car.

The Pagani Huayra Roadster’s 6-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine delivers a massive 764 bhp of power and can belt out a mind-numbing 1,000 Nm of torque, right from the 2,400 rpm mark. The engine is mated to an Xtrac seven-speed automated manual transaxle. Gear shifts are done by an Automac-tuned ECU, and a Bosch limited-slip differential is also present to keep all that mad power in control. Pagani has claimed that the roadster’s gearbox is 40 percent lighter than the older one, once again showing that light-weighting was the key focus during the car’s development.

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