Pagani Huayra Roadster Arrives With 754 HP

This is the new Huayra Roadster (pronounced Way-rah, so you know, and named after the God of wind), which looks as glamorous and exotic as its $2.8 million price suggests it should be.

Lightweighting is a big deal for this company, apparently, which has stuck with a seven-speed automated manual transmission with a single clutch, which Pagani says is 40 percent lighter than a comparable dual-clutch setup.

Able to corner at 1.8G, Pagani says the Huayra Roadster is capable of "the highest lateral acceleration ever seen on a auto with road tyres", suggesting the vehicle will corner and grip like nothing else.

Just behind the passenger cell sits an upgraded version of the Mercedes-AMG 6.0-litre V12 engine delivering 563kW at 6,200rpm and over 1,000Nm of torque - the latter available from as low as 2,400rpm.

Pagani says the Roadster's suspension is 25 percent lighter than the hardtop model - an achievement credited to the use of "HiForg" which is a new lightweight aluminium alloy.

As with nearly all multi-million-pound hypercars, all 100 examples of the Huayra Roadster were sold to customers selected by Pagani before it was even revealed in public.

Pagani claims that new manufacturing techniques, using carbo-titanium, mean the Roadster is nearly 80kg lighter than the coupe, at a total of 1280kg, and its structure is 52% stiffer. Also unique to the Huayra Roadster are the doors, which no longer arc skyward to let you in - an obvious compromise, since they have no roof to hinge upon. But the roadster doesn't weigh the same as the coupe version. The front and rear substructures are made from steel tubing.

The Roadster comes with two different roofs as well-one is made from carbon fiber and features a glass window, while the other is a fabric unit that can be stored in the vehicle. Along with making the vehicle lighter, the roadster is said to be 52 percent stiffer, which is a surprising change in the conversion to a convertible.

Huayra Roadster buyers have a choice of either Pirelli P-Zero Corsas designed specifically for Pagani, or P-Zero Trofeo Rs. Brakes are carbon ceramic units by Brembo. We aren't holding our breath that Signor Pagani will ever loan us one to confirm it.

  • Carolyn Briggs