Chris Harris took himself to Modena for an afternoon test drive in the Pagani Huayra. To watch him panting after a spell up some twisty roads, you'd have thought he'd gone for some afternoon delight. It's the most breathless we've ever seen Mr. Harris, and for all the right reasons – perhaps it shouldn't be surprising when he's intentionally getting loosey-goosey in a coupe with an AMG-sourced twin-turbo V12 trying to put down 730 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque on some roads as thin as an olive branch.

He agrees with the recent review from EVO that the Huayra is truly sorted in the speed and suspension department, and he does decree the steering slow for the esses he's navigating, but unlike EVO, he loves the gearbox and he pulls off his review without any unfortunate squeaking.

And he loves the car. And its thrills. Check them all out in the video below.



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      high.speed
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love that interior.I must say the only feature of the Huayra's exterior i despise is that catfish front end, the car has this organic look to it that distinguishes it from the rest of the crowd.I'd rather have a Zonda(better sound,better gearbox,and better styling) but I admire this car.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @high.speed
        Even if you would rather have a Zonda the Huayra is so trademark Pagani. I love both of them. If someone put both of them in front of me it would be a hard choice. The 760 RS is what I love the most but remember: Look at where the Zonda started and look at where it ended up with the R, the 760 RS etc. The Huayra is the base of the new era of Pagani. Imagine a Huayra R or a Huayra 860 RS. The Huayra is also technologically more advanced than the Zonda. It has active suspension, active aero etc. Beautiful cars though, absolutely beautiful.
      sparrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      "all sorts of bad things going wrong in the right way " :)
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      The sounds (or the lack there off) coming out of the Hyayra would turn me off of an otherwise great car. Part of the supercar experience is that amazing sound experience. I recently got a chance to drive a 458 Italia (lots of rentals in Maranello, close to Modena) and the best part of that car was the sound. It was intoxicating, and magical....that engine was bending my ears over the table and I loved every minute of it. It's that deep warbling, but also high-pitched, F1 sound that dreams are made of. I'm sure this is nothing to turn your nose at, but it just doesn't sound as magical as the Ferrari. If I ever buy a supercar (fat chance but one can dream) I need it to sound spectacular.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Thank God Ferrari and Lamborghini haven't given up the craft of making beautiful 8-12 cylinder engines that scream to the stratosphere without caving to the onslaught of less vocal forced induction. Oh, and Pagani used to, but caved to the temptation of easy torque and 0.1% better mileage.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        The thing you have to understand about Horacio Pagani is he is an artist. He studied the entire life of Leonardo Da Vinci before he sketched the Zonda. The inspiration for this new car was an airplane taking off and I think he wanted to capture the feeling of flight with this car. When you are in an Airbus or a 737, even a private jet you hear the turbines spin on the runway. There isn't really an exhaust note so to speak in a plane. In this sense the noise the car makes is appropriate and it takes understanding the inspiration behind the design to appreciate the sound. Horacio is the only person in the automotive industry in modern times who is creating sculptures of speed as opposed to a bunch of parts with a purpose. You have to look outside of the normal automotive world to appreciate the sound.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the few British people I enjoy listening to. I am guilty of trying to catch a glimpse of a Zonda R at 5:12, because they are more interesting to me than the Huayra.
      Nathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Car gets uglier every time i see it, wow just terrible. Chris Harris is great as always though.
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I watched that video on the Youtube Drive Channel and I swear, every time I see a new Chris Harris video, I just want to kick him in the nads. I don't know why. Maybe it's his inane banter with the on-board cameras, maybe it's because he consistently breaks every traffic law on the books in every video he puts out, maybe its that horrible horizontal part down the center of his head (this guy needs GLH like no one I've ever seen). Bottom line is I'd like to kick him in the nads. Hard.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J D
        Maybe you need a kick in the nads. Harris is awesome. Gives honest down to earth reviews, drives pretty well, and is a genuine car guy that doesn't take himself too seriously.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J D
        I don't like the drive network in general because it's too much talking for a show about driving. I stopped tuning in because of it. They just talk and talk and talk and a lot of the time it feels like they are trying too hard. I like to think of them as the hipsters of the automotive reviewers. Harris is a good driver and I know Leo did some Formula Atlantic which is really respectable, as for the other guys I really struggle to see the talent. If you're not talented you better be entertaining. Have you seen that guy Nino from Hungary review the GT86, he is the best automotive journalist I've ever seen. Not affiliated with drive, but some magazine in Hungary. Check him out!
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the car, but I have a hard time caring when Chris Harris talks. I want his job! I just don't want to listen to his commentary...
        J D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Amen to that. I'd rather see Rosie O'Donnell do a car review than this guy, to be honest. Some day I'd like to kick Chris Harris in the nads.
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        I think Harris is a good driver, don't get me wrong the guy is way better than a lot of journalist I've seen. The problem with Drive is they talk sooooo much it's too much conversation. I know what they need, but I'm not going to say it on a public forum. If they want to know they can message me and I would be happy to consult for a fee, but I don't think they have the money for that kind of thing. Drive is an automotive journalism network on a budget. Nothing wrong with that, but they have a long way to go. They need some new hosts for sure (excluding Harris / Parente who are good IMO). I'm not going to say anymore, but I get your point. I wish Drive would hire me for some consulting, I think I could really give them some solid input. Come from a racing background and studied media in college. When a guy from Hungary who speaks broken english can give a better review of a GT86 than an Englishman can of a Pagani Huayra there is definitely an issue.
      Gavin S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love it. I love Chris Harris' style of reviewing, as well. Not many auto journalists would say driving a particular car was the next best thing to shooting heroin. Awesome comment.
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man do I love the Pagani, just might take a few years to work up to it( well maybe a lifetime. let the jouney continue High School and College = 74 Pontiac Firbird Formula (power and fun) Marrage = 2003 G35MT Coupe (family and fun) Car just for fun = 370Z touring ( let the kids get their own rides ) Professional career (present car) = Lotus Evora ( let the kids get their own rides I'm having a track day) Kids out of collage car = McLaren MP4 12C (sublime) Holy Crap I won the Lottery = Pagani Huayri ( take you skanky Veyron out my face )
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I was getting excited just watching him throw that car around those curves... can't even imagine what actually driving this car would be like. I do have to say that the interior photos linked above with brown leather accents looked better than this all-black version in the video. Sick interior either way though - love that retro-futuristic, almost steam-punk looking
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love Chris Harris. The inherent problem I see from this video and others like it with these bigger super cars is that they just look ungainly and hard to drive and handle. This car, the Veyron, the Aventador etc. When you look at the 458, the MP4-12C, GT3 RS 4.0, and so on and so on, they look more fun to drive and easier to handle. When I see cars like these I think, drive to the club, park out front, pick up model, drive back home, or park in front of Harrod's.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love big power, even own a turbo car where you can hear it, but that is way, way, way too much turbo noise. I don't want a car that sounds like a dentist drill.
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