Pagani Huayra spotted on magazine cover

Monday, January 24, 2011, 9:37 by Auto Correspondent

The first uncovered image of the Pagani Huayra has appeared on the cover of the Spanish edition of CAR magazine. Earlier, there had been three teaser images of this Pagani Zonda replacement. If we assume that the image is of the production version, then the gullwing doors are a welcome inclusion. However, the front grille isn’t as impressive and appears to be too much open mouthed unlike the tight mouthed Zonda. The leaf-like rear view mirrors doesn’t gel well with the aerodynamic lines as well. The oval shaped pairs of headlamps on each side are unattractive.

Based on earlier spyshots and videos which featured Pagani Huayra (internally known as Project C9) with design changes such as wider front grille and larger air intakes is now confirmed by the first image of Huayra in the CAR magazine’s cover.

The magazine cover says that the car will cost 1 million Euros and only 20 units will be produced annually. Being a Pagani, we expect impressive power and torque figures, acceleration and sporty interiors. Rumors say that the Zonda-successor will be powered by a M275 AMG twin turbo V12 mated to a new sequential gearbox from ZF. Huayra is expected to achieve a higher performance as well as better fuel efficiency by being 800 kg lighter.

pagani huayra photo courtesy carsuk.net photo

Photo: Pagani Huayra (Courtesy: carsuk.net)

While the Pagani Zonda was an out-and-out original design — even if it looked like a caricature of a supercar, the Huayra looks less inspired and rather generic. The gullwing doors are a mystery as we don’t quite know why Pagani put them in. Maybe to remind us of the Mercedes Gullwing? The nose and grille look like a gap-toothed grin and there is something of earlier Lamborghinis in the fascia. Sources also report that the rear of the car takes hefty inspiration from the Ferrari 458. A mish-mash design job then.

With all this criticism coming in for the looks, maybe Pagani will take notice and do something about it . . . especially the nose. But don’t expect so much criticism about its performance. It may well be an ugly duckling, but it will be a duckling that can fly.

Right now, Pagani’s Zonda F (2005 – present) is powered by 7291 cc V12 producing 602 hp and 760 Nm of peak torque, taking just 3.6 seconds for acceleration from 0-100 km/hr and a top speed of 344 km/hr. The Zonda-successor could further surprise us with a faster acceleration and better top end performance.

Source: CAR magazine

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