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Thursday 12th July 2012

Chris Harris video: Driving the Pagani Huayra

Is the Huayra a suitable successor to the legendary Zonda? There is only one way to find out...



It is 10 years since I first drove a Pagani. It was a 7.3-litre Zonda S and, from the moment I rumbled up the road in it – just like everyone else who did the same that day – I knew it wasn’t like any other macro-volume supercar.


It was exquisitely assembled, the carbon tub had a sheen and luxury not seen before on a street car and the noise from V12 was more angry than a Lambo’s.

That engine was, and still is, the key to Pagani’s success. Instead of attempting to build his own engine, he went to AMG and asked to use the company’s vast V12. It immediately gave the car an interest factor and a solid, reliable foundation. And it went like stink.

The Zonda went on to become a legend and it established Pagani as the newest entrant in the supercar sector, right at the time the hypercar was being born. It was the perfect platform from which to launch ever more powerful and expensive versions of the car.


Last year, Pagani unveiled the Huayra, to a global chorus of “Jeeeeepers, that’s not pretty.” The fact that it used a 730hp turbocharged engine only added to suspicions that the Huayra was not a fitting replacement for the Zonda. Just to be clear, I was one of the doubters.

Then Davide Testi dropped by the restaurant we were eating in last Wednesday at 10pm in a Huayra, and the village came to a standstill. The car was dark red, and it looked like heaven on four wheels. My scepticism looked misplaced.

We’re going to do something more extensive with the car later in the year, so this was a first drive on some quite tight roads. You will see that the Huayra left quite an impression.

Enjoy the vid


 

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Hellbound

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Good timing munki....just made myself a supersized mug of tea! smile

AnnuityAdviser

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What a monster

DB89

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Awesome awesomeness!

chiefski26

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Superb looking supercar.

Vilhelm

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Only Italian supercar I'd own.
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peter450

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That is some machine

JayTee94

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Looks great fun on those roads, shame I think it is ugly at most angles apart from the rear. I still appreciate the detail gone into the design though..

How did it compare to the rental Panda as we all know that nothing handles like a rental.. wink

Vilhelm said:
Only Italian supercar I'd own.
No F40, Zonda Cinque, Aventador etc etc?! smile

rhinochopig

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So that's why he gets called Monkey - 10:36

Another nice video Mr Harris.

Not that I can afford one, but that exterior design just doesn't work for me I'm afraid.

HowMuchLonger

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Is there any chance you could do a back to back test with this, the Gumpert, and a Koenigsegg?

MJDM

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Another excellent video by Chris and the team. And that car is fcensoredking incredible. 10/10 from me!

Davey S2

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Just amazing.

The only thing I dont like is the noise. Such a shame it can't have the wail of a n/a engine.

Fabulous thing to own though and you would probably get as much pleasure just drinking in all the details and craftsmanship as you would from driving it.

pwrc

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interesting to see your view compared to a certain ex-employer who has a somewhat more personal view of pagani wink thanks chris.

LongLiveTazio

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Either the roads were tight or 2.35 metres is quite wide for a car. Who knows?!

I don't really know what's going on. A few years ago it was all about light weight, manual, n/a. Now you have the new Pagani that's really not that light, auto, turbo and phenomenally expensive to boot.

I don't care if people like it, just wish the journalistic community wouldn't pretend that nothing other than a certain set of criteria will do until something comes along that pushes their buttons, then said criteria mysteriously disappears.

Vilhelm

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JayTee94 said:
No F40, Zonda Cinque, Aventador etc etc?! smile
It's the only new Italian supercar I'd own. Unless they still make the Zonda. Then I'd have a Zonda 760 Vilhelm Edition.

Not a fan of current Ferraris, and the Aventador doesn't really do anything for me. smile

hornbaek

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Excellent video. All aspects of car nicely captured on film.

tomvcarter

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Zonda R for the track, Huayra for the street... done.

MSTRBKR

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I don't think I've ever got such an impression of pace from a video before. The speed that the revs are climbing through the gears is bonkers. WWWWWWWWWOOOOSH

ETA: wtf at the hyperlink, I didn't do that hehe

Ferosferio

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What a machine. That said, the two-tone arrangement on the car in the video does it no favours IMO.

Great stuff again Chris, cheers.

Hellbound

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It's such a grower, this one.

At night when it pulled up outside the resaurant, it was a hero's car. The test driver could have bedded any woman that night.

It's not a Zonda, it's something else. And it deserves to be recognized as a stand alone model, and not a successor.

LordFlathead

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I just loved watching that! What a car. What a report.

Only negative is were the shut-lines all over the place at the front?
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