Jethro Bovingdon from Evo is one lucky so and so. He’s the first journo to be thrown the key to a final production version of the immensely appealing and mega-expensive Pagani Huayra.
It’s appealing because of the way it looks, of course, and the extremely high attention Pagani pays to its finishing. And it’s immense thanks to a twin-turbo 6.0 litre V12 able to produce in excess of 700hp. Oh yeah, and its dry weight is around 1350kg. They’re compelling numbers.
The trouble for Pagani is they set the bar so high with the Zonda that this new car will always be marked hard against its predecessor. Has the move from normally aspirated power to forced induction robbed the car of immediacy at the expense of headline numbers? Has the shift from a trad manual box to a slick 7-speed double clutch lost purity? Can the Huayra match the driving experience of the Zonda, so lauded by those lucky enough to have experienced it?
Bovingdon does a reasonable job of answering those questions in his video review, which you can see below. For greater detail you can read his text-based thoughts, where he says:
“…The Huayra is its own sort of supercar and it’s at once luxurious and intense. And it doesn’t half feel special when you spot the active aero doing its little dance. Following the Zonda line was never going to be easy but early signs suggest that the Huayra will be just as revered in years to come.”
After watching the video review we’re left with two thoughts: if only they added an extra minute or two of pure driving footage, no commentary, just colour and movement; and can someone please pass on a can of WD-40 to whoever is in charge of the interior production!