• The Pagani Huayra’s Successor Promises a Next-Gen V-12 and a Manual Transmission

After a decade on the market, the Huayra is finally being retired as something new comes to life

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With the Pagani Huayra being on the market for the better part of a decade – actually it will be a decade as of 2022 – the world has been expecting a successor. Now, we don’t exactly have all of the specifics, but a new report quoting none other than Horacio Pagani has shed some light on a few things that we can expect. The most important development is that it will remain true to its internal combustion roots with no hint of electrification in the mix.

Pagani is Staying True to Its Roots, But Don’t Expect Crazy Amounts of Power

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A recent investment in Pagani led us to believe that its electric future could come a lot sooner than previously expected. However, the Pagani Huayra’s successor won’t venture into electric territory at all. In fact, think of the Huayra’s successor as a potential last stand dirty, emissions-burning goodness. In an interview with Quattroruote, Horacio Pagani himself spilled a bit of information, the most important thing being that the car would be powered by a new version of the 6.0-liter AMG-sourced V-12 engine. The engine has, apparently, been under development for six years so, you know, maybe it won’t be quite so dirty after all.

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Beyond this, the Huayra’s successor will be offered with your choice of a six-speed manual or a next-gen sequential gearbox. Yes, in an age where the manual transmission is slowly dying, the Pagani Huayra’s successor will be offered with one. The reason actually falls to the Huayra itself.

“There are customers who didn't buy the Huayra because we didn't offer [a manual]. My audience wants to feel emotions when driving: they don't care about pure performance.”
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With this in mind, don’t expect the Huayra’s successor to offer a ton of horsepower. Pagani has traditionally been more about being light weight as opposed to adding ridiculous amounts of horsepower, and that’s where the Huayra’s successor will also live. In fact, don’t expect it to exceed 888 horsepower – at least not from the factory anyway. “Look at Gordon Murray’s T.50: it sold out even though it has only 650 horsepower. It is very light, has a manual gearbox, and a V-12 that runs very high. You don’t need 2,000 horsepower to excite the driver.”

Pagani Huayra BC Roadster specifications
ENGINE: Pagani V12 60° 36 valves 5,980 cc twin turbochargers, developed bespokely for Pagani by Mercedes AMG
POWER: 791 hp at 5,900 RPM
TORQUE: 775 lb-ft from 2,000 to 5,600 RPM
TRANSMISSION: Rear-wheel drive
GEARBOX: Xtrac 7 speed transversal AMT with electro-mechanical differential
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Moreover, the Huayra’s successor will not feature any form of electrification. Pagani hasn’t even requested special emissions-related treatment like Italy did for Lamborghini and Ferrari. “For the time being, we have not asked for concessions and we hope to continue like this. But, if one day we have to switch to hybrid, we will.” I can’t say for sure what that means about the Pagani EV that’s due in 2024, but that could be the company’s next step as the Huayra’s successor is expected sometime in 2022 and will only be produced in some 280-300 examples.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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