RE: Showpiece of the Week: Pagani Huayra 'Tempesta'

RE: Showpiece of the Week: Pagani Huayra 'Tempesta'

Monday 18th June

Showpiece of the Week: Pagani Huayra 'Tempesta'

If there's £2m burning a hole in your pocket and the Holy Trinity doesn't appeal, there is a more traditional alternative...



In a bizarre way, it's hard not to feel a little bit sorry for the Pagani Huayra. Here is a 730hp Italian V12 supercar, launched from what has very quickly become one of Italy's most famous manufacturers, and yet it's never quite become as revered as many expected.

While launched to considerable acclaim - you can see Chris Harris's verdict here - circumstances rather conspired against the Huayra. It was launched in 2012, just a few months before the hybrid Holy Trinity of LaFerrari, 918 and P1 changed the hypercar game. Not only that, but it was one of the first fast cars of recent years to endure the agonising switch from high-revving, atmospheric engine to a turbocharged replacement. Powerful and monstrously torquey though its twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 was, for emotional appeal it was always going to struggle against the Zonda's operatic 7.3.


Ah yes, the Zonda. Like the elder sibling that won't relinquish the limelight, Pagani's insistence on creating yet more one-off Zondas once the Huayra was in production did rather undermine the newer car. While you can't deny Pagani the opportunity to make money, that attention remained on the Zonda for so long looked odd from the outside.

Then there was the Huayra BC, arguably the making of the Huayra. Named after Horacio Pagani's mentor Benny Caiola, the BC was lighter, faster and more focused than the standard car. It also looked truly wild, which always helps.

This Huayra isn't a BC; rather it's a Tempesta, a car which took the lessons learnt from the BC to create a handling pack for the base car. As such it featured exactly the same underbody as the special edition cars, four-way adjustable Ohlins dampers, forged aluminium wheels, and a titanium exhaust. Moreover it was developed by Dallara, no strangers to setting up very fast Italian things on four wheels. Consider it like the HGTE package that Ferrari offers for its supercars, introducing a sharpness and attitude that wasn't in the standard car, and that's what the Tempesta represents.


Except, this being Pagani, the handling pack was taken to the extreme, costing €160,000 alone. Still, if you're buying a car as expensive as a Huayra, what's a mere 160k between friends?

This right-hand drive Tempesta was registered last year and has covered just 700 miles. Combine that with its rarity - just 100 'standard' Huayras have been made (including Tempestas), alongside a few more Roadsters and BCs - and that'll help explain the £2.2m asking price. Yep, two million. And a bit. Which opens up a few other options, to be honest...


If you want a Pagani, there will be all manner of Zondas available at this money, and each member of the Holy Trinity is priced at £2m (or thereabouts). That's before you consider any of the hypercar icons, too, like this Ferrari F50 currently for sale at £2,295,000.

That said, it's hardly like the Huayra is going to be your only supercar if there's £2m spare for a car purchase. To tick off a box in a collection, to add to a group of Zondas or for another space in an Italian stallion stable, the Huayra easily makes a case for itself. It is, after all, a Huayra made even better, and with a cool name to boot. What on earth Horacio and his team will come up with next, we can't wait to see.

See the original advert here.

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pycraft

Original Poster:

80 posts

117 months

Monday 18th June
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After the "Jaguar electric powerboat" article last week, we seem to have a Pagani speedboat alternative here. I'm just surprised they'd make a boat that looks so much like a car, but it seems to float OK.

Jordan210

1,172 posts

116 months

Monday 18th June
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Must be close to a write off with that amount of water !

DBSnappa

68 posts

164 months

Monday 18th June
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Someone at Tom Hartley has picked up the wet ground reflections car photographer trick and has overdone it. All their bloody cars are sitting in massive puddles now, which just looks wrong.

CharlieAlphaMike

159 posts

38 months

Monday 18th June
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DBSnappa said:
All their bloody cars are sitting in massive puddles now, which just looks wrong.
Agreed silly

BigGingerBob

1,303 posts

123 months

Monday 18th June
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Is there a worse colour scheme for this car?
Makes one of the most batst mental cars on sale just look tepid and boring.

But yes, one of these is certainly on my euromillions purchase list
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Marwood79

178 posts

120 months

Monday 18th June
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The mill-pond reflection looks alright if done on a bright sunny day - but in overcast "East Midlands" grey it just looks like someone had a parking accident!

Krikkit

12,955 posts

114 months

Monday 18th June
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Absolutely epic car aside (although what a boring colour scheme, as mentioned), what the hell are Hartley thinking?

A £2.2m car and they photograph it in a puddle on an overcast day from stupid angles. What's wrong with putting it inside a nice, clean room with good lighting? Or better yet stick it in a transporter and take it somewhere spectacular to shoot it...

HIS LM

966 posts

192 months

Monday 18th June
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With all that water damage must be a CAT D ?

DamnKraut

266 posts

32 months

Monday 18th June
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HIS LM said:
With all that water damage must be a CAT D ?
Agree, pretty steep asking price for a flood damaged car. Could at least have waited for the water to recede before taking the picshehe

djmoore

4 posts

70 months

Monday 18th June
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The photographer goes to all those lengths to get one of those walking-on-water pics....and captures a knackered shed, overturned wheelbarrow and discarded traffic cone in the background, it's like a bunch of drunken students has gatecrashed the photo shoot. Pulitzer Prize nomination, it ain't.

Edited by djmoore on Monday 18th June 22:12

406dogvan

5,264 posts

198 months

Monday 18th June
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Those photos deserve some sort of award - "Biggest Idiot to ever take pictures of a supercar" - something along those lines...

I'd assumed it was a Cat-C flood write-off

What the fk were they thinking?

LOW4LYFE

157 posts

54 months

Monday 18th June
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No thanks, it’s bloody hideous. Front end like some kind of squinty eyed alien sex toy.

I’ll take the Zonda instead.

Mr-B

1,609 posts

127 months

Monday 18th June
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Oh dear, those pics belong on an ebay listing, "These pics are from when we (repo'd) collected the car, some slight flood damage (repairable) both keys present, no V5 or history, £400k to start, no reserve" And judging by the lack of leaves on the trees it's been on the books since mid winter.


al1991

4,512 posts

113 months

Monday 18th June
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£2.2 million and not even an interior picture.

TooMany2cvs

27,731 posts

59 months

Monday 18th June
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Mr-B said:
And judging by the lack of leaves on the trees it's been on the books since mid winter.
It took some time to kick it straight after they let the idiot apprentice have a go.

Still, I'm sure it'll look lovely once the paint shop have finished with it, and it's no longer just primer.

Kierkegaard

1,022 posts

31 months

Monday 18th June
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al1991 said:
£2.2 million and not even an interior picture.
£2.2 million and parked in a puddle.

80sMatchbox

3,408 posts

109 months

Monday 18th June
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That looks like it's got quite an oil leak going on. laugh

imperium

41 posts

17 months

Monday 18th June
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The want is strong with this one. I’ll never drive or own one which is slightly depressing.

Shephda1

15 posts

69 months

TooMany2cvs

27,731 posts

59 months

Tuesday 19th June
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Shephda1 said:
Ah, but that isn't the "tempertantrum" edition.

Is it really named after the wind god of the Quechua people? Have they never been near a Decathlon store's tents...?

£11k+ to fit a tracker and some paint protection sticky-back plastic? Four months back at the factory to give it a wipe-down for sale? Jesus wept. It's spent most of its life in the back of a truck on a French autoroute...