Pagani Will Build New Factory For The Huayra Roadster
Now that Pagani has sold its allotment of 100 Huayra supercars (although Mr. Pagani might build you one more if you ask nicely and have plenty of cash), the company has begun work on its next model. The Huayra Roadster is slated to debut in 2016 and will be built at a new, larger factory, not even 200 meters away from Pagani’s current facility near Modena, Italy.
Speaking with Netherlands’ De Telegraaf Autovisie, Pagani spokesman Luca Venturi said the new factory will open in September, with a capacity of between 200 and 300 cars per year. That’s quite a jump from Pagani’s current output, which is normally in the low double digits. Despite the new factory’s larger capacity, the Huayra Roadster will also be limited to 100 units to maintain exclusivity. But, the new factory could have broader implications for the Huayra’s replacement.
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Why it matters
Like the Zonda, the Huayra is built on a carbon-fiber tub that’s so incredibly stiff that little to no chassis reinforcement is required when the roof is removed. In fact, the roadster is expected to be lighter than the coupe for this very reason. Though it probably requires more than a Milwaukee 12-Amp Sawzall, removing the Huayra’s roof isn’t a terribly intensive process — certainly not one that requires a much larger new factory — which leads us to believe Pagani is thinking long-term.
The new factory’s annual capacity of 200 to 300 cars likely means the Huayra’s replacement will be built in significantly larger numbers than both the Huayra and Zonda. But it’s all relative. Ferrari and Lamborghini typically build around 7,000 cars per year; so don’t expect the next Pagani to be a cheaper Ferrari 488 rival. Exclusivity will be diminished, but the third Pagani will still be faster and more expensive than anything that came before it.
As for the Huayra Roaster, Horacio Pagani has already confirmed it will come with a more powerful version of the Mercedes-AMG-built 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 from the hardtop. Pricing will probably be north of $1.5 million, and we’ll likely see a preproduction debut before the end of 2015.
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