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Pagani hints at hardcore Huayra BC coming this year

Pagani has something enticing in store, teasing via its Facebook page a more hardcore version of the Huayra supercar we already know. The machine, poised to wear the name Huayra BC, appears similar to the prototype spotted a few months ago running around the San Martino del Lago circuit in northern Italy, just over an hour away from Pagani's growing compound in Modena. It's even wearing the same oversized rear wing, wheel-well-filling split spoke alloys, and geometric square camouflage livery. What we're more interested in, however, is what's underneath all of that.

Current Huayra models are motivated by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 furnished by the good folks at Mercedes-AMG and driving 720 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, single-clutch sequential gearbox. We doubt the transmission will change, but we would expect a bit more oomph from the engine – especially since the existing version is already outgunned by the newer Ferrari F12 TdF and Lamborghini Aventador SV. That is, at least, on the horsepower front: all three of these Italian stallions are powered by twelve-cylinder engines, but as the Pagani's is turbocharged and the Ferrari's and Lamborghini's naturally aspirated, the Huayra trumps both when it comes to torque.

Outside of the engine compartment, count on a stripped-out cabin and tightened suspension to differentiate the Huayra BC from the "standard" model, production of which Pagani sold out long ago. We wouldn't be surprised to see the sticker price rise in the process, even from the $1.84 million the company charged for the existing Huayra. The changes ought to put it in prime position to do battle with the likes of the upcoming Bugatti Chiron and the latest Koenigsegg Agera RS at the very top of the supercar market, beyond the reach even of the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and LaFerrari.

The timing of this teaser's release, hitting Facebook on New Year's Eve, just barely squeezes into the road map which Pagani laid out for us almost a year ago. If Horatio Pagani and company intend on sticking to it, we should see the Huayra Roadster released at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in a couple of months, and this hardcore Huayra BC sometime later – perhaps at the Paris show in the fall. We'll be eagerly waiting.

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