Over the last couple of decades, we've seen countless attempts by startups looking to crack the supercar establishment. Predictably, the intenders have enjoyed and suffered wildly varying degrees of success. Some, like SSC North America, have attempted to get the attention of the world's plutocrats through sheer speed, while others, like Spyker, have attempted to gain access to the world's wealth through Ming The Merciless design. Nearly all have brought something new to the table, but essentially no new brands have managed to join the pantheon of hypercar royalty founded by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Porsche. Well, nobody except for Pagani. If Horatio and friends don't yet have a seat at the table, they are certainly building the best case for admission, first with a seemingly endless stream of Zonda variants and now with this new Huayra.

The Huayra may have debuted a year ago, but the Modena-based automaker has been a bit skinflint with driving opportunities as it works the kinks out. In fact, the video drive shown above from the UK's EVO is the first full-on road test we're aware of. As we've seen and heard previously, the 730-horsepower Huayra looks the business, but we've been waiting for behind-the-wheel impressions.

According to EVO, the Huayra feels properly fast and engaging, yet it manages to deliver a stable, supple ride without feeling "old mannish." The throttle response from the AMG-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 is excellent, but the seven-speed single-clutch flappy-paddle gearbox has its fair share of low-speed refinement issues and the steering is chastised for being a bit slow and heavy. Judging from the audio in the video from about 56 seconds in, it also appears to have its fair share of squeaks, though it could be an early build car, or the noises could simply be from the video camera mount.

Regardless, the Huayra looks to be an impressive new baseline for the marque, and given Pagani's penchant for constant improvement as shown in its Zonda predecessor, we predict the this silver bolide will be a thorn in the establishment's side for many years to come. Scroll down to watch all the action.





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      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOTE: IF this is one of the test mules from the videos a few months ago, Pagani stated that to get US homologation they had to put on 300,000+ miles on their cars. IF I recall it was a total of a million miles between the mules. If the squeaking is NOT the camera then sure, a super car with potentially 100's of thousands of miles is allowed to be a bit ragged. I think initially I fall in the boat of preferring the Zonda in looks and being an old F1 fan, I always prefer naturally aspirated versus turbos. Still, it will be fast. It is somewhat pretty and its simply breathtaking on the inside. Hopefully one day I will see something from Pagani in real life...
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks good, but the Zonda was amazing...still prefer the older car.
      alexander
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone can hear the squealing inside the car. I'm sure it can only be something with the camera fixing. It is IMPOSSIBLE to be something with the car knowing Horacio's maniacal perfection to detail. This bay the way, is something I deeply respect him for and one of the main reasons his company to be where it is now. What they've done with this car is extraordinary. I'm not big fan of the exterior styling (simply prefer different type of design) but the quality, THE DETAILS: just pay attention to the steering wheel(!), the overall look are simply incredible. And this is a one man show, the whole company is about 60 people. Everything started from scratch. Unbelievable.
      Chad Luckett
      • 2 Years Ago
      Super nice car, All of those squeaks don't sound to good for a million dollar hypercar
      call me case
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool car, for sure... but is it just me or did the interior sound really squeaky?
      Kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone else hear all the metal squeaking noises?? Is that coming from the car?
        Gator
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kyle
        Yeah , for sure. Squeaks like has styrofoam for an interior.
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kyle
        Does anyone read comments or descriptions anymore? The front latch wasn't fastened down properly
        marcosc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kyle
        Maybe some parts were made in China??
      RichEagle87
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leno had it in his garage a while back, but Horacio Pagani drove it. Great looking car! http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/pagani-huayra/1354710
      Waltzon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Horacio Pagani always said that the Zonda was originally styled with lines taken from his wife's body for inspiration. (Top view-- skinny waist, curvy thighs... ok, I can sort of buy that). The Zonda, as a result, always had very feminine lines-- not effeminate or weak, but very organic, very sultry. To my mind, the proper pronoun for a Zonda is "she." I think the jarring part of the Huayra design for me is that some of the cues (headlight and general front-end shape) evoke a family resemblance to the Zonda, but the lines of the Huayra are not organic or feminine-- they are much more geometrical. I am not sure that they are masculine, but there is less of the alluring curvaceousness of the Zonda to this car. I think, taken in isolation, that the Huayra will prove to be a brilliant, capable, luxurious, sumptuous car. However, it already suffers from being in the evocative, sexy shadow of the Zonda, and it is going to have to generate fans based on its own merits, because I don't think that what drew customers to the Zonda is going to cross over to the Huayra. I guess, the short version of what I am saying is that you can be a Ferrari fan or a Lamborghini fan, and you will more or less like the range of the manufacturer's vehicles. Because of the stark design, powertrain, and technological differences between the Huayra and the Zonda, I think that people will be fans of either car, but not necessarily fans of Pagani as a range.
        marcosc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Waltzon
        Not possible. His wife weighs in at 200lbs. She's more like a Suburban than exotic..
      MiddleClassMotoring
      • 2 Years Ago
      way cool - and beyond anything I can ever reasonably expect to afford. But imo, I like the Zonda better.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Zonda > Huayra
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe EVO actually released this video. That squeak is so present in the audio, that the entire shoot should have been scrapped. The editors should have watched/listened to the raw footage, said "wtf is that noise?" and "we can use´╗┐ this!"
      sundell131313
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a stoopid review. can we give this car to chris harris for a PROPER rundown?!?!?!?
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sundell131313
        exactly my thoughts...a shame he isn't with evo anymore
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