The Pagani Huayra R will arrive with a 900-horsepower V-12 engine

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First introduced in 2012, the Pagani Huayra is already eight years old as of 2020, but the Italian supercar is still alive and kicking with a hardcore R version underway. The Huayra R will be unveiled on November 12 and word has it Pagani is dropping the twin-turbo V-12 engine in favor of a naturally aspirated mill. This bespoke engine will produce in excess of 900 horsepower, meaning that the Huayra R will be the most powerful Pagani yet!

The Pagani Huayra R will feature a bespoke V-12 developed by AMG and HWA

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According to The Supercar Blog, the Huayra R won’t feature the twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12 engine that powers all Huayras built to date.

Instead, Pagani commissioned AMG to develop a naturally aspirated V-12.

The source adds that this mill was developed in partnership with HWA, a racing specialist based in Affalterbach, just like AMG. HWA not only builds components for Mercedes-AMG models, but it also manages the brand’s DTM and Formula E efforts. HWA also runs teams in Formula 2 and Formula 3.

Details about this new V-12 are scant, but word has it it’s rated at more than 900 horsepower. That’s more than any other Pagani Huayra developed to date. For reference, the original coupe came with 720 horsepower, while the BC version cranks out up to 789 horses. The Huayra Imola is rated at 827 horsepower, so the Huayra R will be at least 70 horses more powerful.

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While a 900-horsepower engine may sound ludicrous, it’s not impossible to achieve. The folks over at HWA have already developed a V-12 with 800 horsepower for the Apollo IE supercar. Squeezing an extra 100 horses wouldn’t be an issue for AMG and HWA, two outlets with tremendous experience in building high-performance engines.

What else to expect?

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Like any track-day car, the Huayra R will come with quite a few extras. It will feature a much more aggressive body kit with a bigger rear wing and all sorts of winglets and spoilers, as well as a race-spec interior with an integrate roll-cage, a motorsport-style instrument cluster and no-nonsense dashboard and door panels designed to cut weight. Further weight will be reduced by using lightweight components and materials in the chassis, suspension, and the engine.

The lightest Huayra yet is the BC at around 2,685 pounds, but the R will be even lighter.

My guess is that it will tip the scales at around 2,400 pounds. That’s almost 300 pounds lighter than the Huayra BC and more than 500 pounds lighter than the regular Huayra coupe.

The Pagani Huayra R is a successor to the wild Zonda R

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The Huayra R isn’t Pagani’s first track-day supercar. It’s a spiritual successor to the Zonda R, a track-ready model that Pagani built from 2009 to 2011 in just 15 units. Based on the long-running Zonda, the Zonda R featured a heavily altered body developed for maximum downforce, a closed underbody, and an adjustable rear wing.

It was powered by a naturally aspirated, 6.0-liter V-12 engine developed by AMG and paired to a six-speed sequential gearbox. The mill, shared with the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR race car, was rated at a whopping 740 horsepower and 524 pound-feet of torque. The Zonda R needed less than three seconds to hit 60 mph, on its way to a top speed that exceeded 220 mph.

The Zonda R was the fastest car on the Nurburgring track in 2010 with a 6:47-minute lap, beating the Ferrari 599XX. In 2012, Pagani launched an updated model called the Zonda Revolucion. It featured a 789-horsepower V-12 engine and was priced at more than $2.5 million.

Source: The Supercar Blog

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