Pagani made this one-of-a-kind Huayra Pearl edition for an apparently very discerning customer, with a series of unique touches to set it apart from the other 99 examples made.
Earlier today, we brought you west coast editor Michael Harley's review of the absolutely stunning Pagani Huayra – a "fascinating, imperfect machine" that our author sums up with one word: "intoxicating." And now that you've read his text and ogled the gorgeous accompanying photos shot by our own Drew Phillips, we've got one more treat for you: video.
As big as the North American market is, it's hard for a small-scale European automaker to make it over here. The cost of pursuing certification both in Europe and in the United States is just too high for a small outfit to absorb. That's why Pagani, for example, never brought the Zonda to North America. But when it came to the newer Huayra, the Modenese automaker made EPA, CARB and NHTSA certification a priority - making Pagani the only automaker producing less than 100 vehicles per year to have
When Pagani introduced the Huayra in 2011, it was supposed to supplant the Zonda entirely. But two and a half years later, we're still seeing new versions of the Zonda rolling out of the factory in Modena, like the latest 760 X edition recently circulating the web. And we can hardly blame Pagani. After all, would you turn down a paying customer – especially one willing to pay as much as it costs to have a special one-off Zonda built to their specifications? Of course not. But we're left wo
The $1.2-million, rear-wheel-drive Pagani Huayra is fitted with a twin-turbocharged V12, rated at 720 horsepower, which is capable of launching its 3,100-pound curb weight to 60 miles per hour in about three seconds flat. Hold its oval aluminum accelerator pedal to its stops on a proper stretch of pavement and it won't run out of steam until it touches 230 mph. It is, by all measures, a handful for all but the most skilled drivers.
If you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of someone that builds hypercars for a living, or what inspired them to get into that line of work in the first place, you'll want to watch this video from XCar. It's a long one, at 30 minutes, and it's exclusively in Italian so you'll be reading subtitles, but this interview with Pagani founder Horatio Pagani is a must-watch for anyone interested in his brand's ultra-performance vehicles.
Since Evo first got its hands on a Pagani Huayra for testing, about a year after the hypercar debuted, Horacio Pagani's pride and joy has made a few video appearances – once in the hands of Chris Harris and once with a man who compared his new Huayra with an older Zonda on track. But access to the 900,000-euro ($1.22 million) hypercar has been limited, making XCar's recent drive a real treat.