Pagani Huayra Roadster to pack more power, less weight

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Typically when an automaker chops the roof off one of its models, the resulting convertible takes a bit of a performance penalty compared to its fixed-roof counterpart. But not the Pagani Huayra.

As we revealed last month, with production of the Huayra coupe coming to an end, Pagani is preparing to launch a new Roadster version. But the latest word has it that the Modenese supercar constructor won't simply remove the roof, replace it with some manner of folding contraption and call it a day.

According to Top Gear, which spoke to founder Horacio Pagani in Geneva this week, the upcoming Huayra Roadster will actually be lighter in weight than the coupe by more than 100 pounds. And to sweeten the deal even further, it will have a good 20 horses more power than the coupe as well – driving output from the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 built by AMG up to 750 horsepower.

As with the Huayra coupe, only 100 examples of the Huayra Roadster will be offered once it marks its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. In the meantime, though, Pagani is slated to roll out another surprise, expected to be a more hardcore version of the outgoing Huayra coupe potentially to take advantage of the advancements being prepared for the roadster.

Beyond that, Pagani says it expects to follow a similar pattern to the one it followed with the previous Zonda, which bred more variants than we could take a leather-trimmed carbon-titanium stick at. So don't shed a tear for the departing Huayra, because one version's departure will only be the starting point for the next one.

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