The Pagani Imola Is Extreme in All the Right Ways
It’s the kind of car you admire from afar but are too scared to get close toby Kirby Garlitos, on
Pagani isn’t the biggest supercar brand in the world. It’s not even the most popular one. But when it comes to producing extreme and hardcore limited edition models, the Italian supercar brand takes a back seat to absolutely no one. Case in point: the five-piece Pagani Huayra Imola. It’s named after the famous Italian race track that has hosted countless Formula One races in its own long and storied history. Truth be told, we’ve all been alerted of its development for some time now — it was even rumored to carry the name “Dragon” — but Pagani’s unveiling of the first of five Huayra Imolas at a private event in Switzerland still left us in a state of awe and incoherence. For good reason, too. This is the Pagani Huayra Imola, folks, and it is, quite arguably, the most extreme interpretation of the Huayra supercar we’ve ever seen. Pagani will only build five units of the Huayra Imola. We still don’t know the identities of most of the owners, but we do know that one of the five Huayra Imola models — number 1 of 5, too — belongs to Oleg Egorov, the man behind the Russian tuning outfit Topcar Design.
I was once told by someone who knew a lot more about cars than I could ever know that "no two Paganis are created equal.” It was a sentiment he shared when we were discussing all the special editions and all the one-off models that Pagani has created for its two supercars, the Zonda and the Huayra. I’m bringing this up now because his comment was the first thing I thought of when I saw the Pagani Huayra Imola. Truer words have never been spoken.
The Pagani Huayra Imola is something else, isn’t it? It’s hard to even put it into proper context relative to some of Pagani’s previous limited-run special edition models. It’s that outrageous. The Huayra Imola isn’t something you’d expect from Pagani; it’s something you’d expect from a flamboyant aftermarket tuner that’s not scared to swing for the fences with its tuning programs. That said, I’m well aware of the irony at play here.
The owner of this specific Pagani Huayra Imola — production 1 of 5 — is none other than Oleg Egorov, the founder and owner of one of the world’s most extreme tuners, Topcar Design.
If you’ve ever seen Topcar’s recent tuning programs for the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Panamera, and Mercedes-AMG G 63, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Egorov runs a tuning company that’s usually responsible for creating extreme aftermarket makeovers on many performance vehicles. Now, he’s the one on the receiving end of one from Pagani. The tables have indeed turned.
There’s a lot to unpack with the Pagani Huayra Imola, even if we’re short on actual details about the car. There are a ton of photos from its unveiling, though, and you can see pretty clearly that Pagani threw away whatever special edition template it had in creating this particular model. To be fair, some details are straight up the Pagani playbook. Egorov himself wanted his model to be covered completely in gloss carbon fiber so that’s exactly what Pagani did to the body of the Huayra Imola. Bright orange accents were also on the order list. Once again, Pagani acquiesced to that request by adding enough orange trim accents throughout the body to make the car’s aesthetics pop out even more. At the very least, the orange looks more than just a trim accent on the body of the Huayra Imola. Together with the forged carbon fiber panels, they give the Imola an unmistakably Pagani look that’s brought to another level entirely by the model’s rather extreme aerodynamics.
This is where the Huayra Imola sets itself apart compared to a lot of the limited-run Huayras that were released in the past.
You’ll notice the Huayra’s familiar face, but a lot of its surroundings have been modified or changed completely. Fix your gaze on the lip spoiler. It’s probably the most radical interpretation of one out of all special edition Huayras. It’s a lot wider than what we’re all used to and you’ll see what looks like four small fins below the nose of the supercar. Those fins aren’t there for vanity reasons, that much I can tell you. The orange trim on the edges gives off the illusion of a wide spoiler, but even without it, you’d be hard-pressed to find another special edition Huayra with such a sophisticated setup. Maybe the Huayra L’Ultimo? Perhaps the Huayra BC? The one-off Huayra “King” Edition from 2015 had something of a curious bumper and lip spoiler setup, too, but nothing to the extent of what the Huayra Imola has.
If there’s any part of the Huayra Imola that speaks to how extreme this thing looks, it has to be the car’s side profile. I don’t even know where to start. The curved shark’s fin that connects to the floating air scoop is a ridiculous sight on its own. Pagani is known for its use of carbon skirts on the Huayra, but I don’t recall I’ve ever seen the kind of setup that the Huayra Imola has from past limited edition Huayras. For the most part, past models came with indistinguishable skirts. But not this one. Pagani even found a way to include what looks to be extra air inlets that feed more air to the engine. The Huayra Imola’s sweeping character line adds another layer of personality to the exotic that we rarely got to see before. Then there’s the most extreme feature of the Huayra Imola. We don’t get to see it in full view from this angle, but are you wondering what the heck is sitting just behind the rear wheels of the Huayra Imola? It looks like a part of the rear bumper, and while that is true to some extent, you won’t know what it is completely without looking directly at it.
That setup is, apparently, a massive — and I mean massive — seven-section diffuser that reminds me of the rear section of Adam West’s Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV show. It’s so attention-grabbing — never mind its aerodynamic purpose — that it completely drowns out the Huayra Imola’s massive rear wing and the quad tailpipes that are sandwiched between a pair of air intakes.
Nothing shouts “extreme” more than a special edition Huayra that was seemingly created for the singular purpose of shocking everyone who sees it.
And we haven’t even gotten to the interior of this thing.
We don’t get to see a lot of the Huayra Imola’s interior, but judging by the photos, the layout appears to be similar from what past Huayra interiors have looked like. There are generous amounts of leather, Alcantara, and carbon fiber spread throughout the cabin and the orange trim accents continue to add to the Imola’s unmistakable personality.
There are a few curious bits, though. It’s hard to make out based on the existing photos, but it looks like there are some graphics on the doors of the Huayra. What’s a bit clearer is the orange stitching on the headrests of the carbon fiber seats. That’s a depiction of the Imola race track, complete with the “Imola” script right in the middle. You can actually find this logo as a badge in the rear section of the supercar, just below the passenger-side taillights. That’s the extent of the interior details that we spotted so if there are some Easter eggs that we failed to spot based on the photos, the full-spec of details, in the event Pagani releases those, should shine more light on the cabin of the Huayra Imola.
Unfortunately, details surrounding the Huayra Imola are hard to come by.
That includes the kind of powertrain it’s carrying. While we can safely assume that it’s powered by the same AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V-12 engine that all other Huayras are equipped with, there’s no telling how much power it’s carrying. Does the Imola’s V-12 unit produce 730 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque like the engine found in the Huayra Tempesta? Maybe 754 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque like the one in the Huayra Gyrfalcon? Who knows, maybe we’re looking at a powertrain setup that’s similar to the Huayra BC Roadster, which came with a V-12 engine that was tuned to produce 800 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque?
Given that Pagani only introduced the Huayra BC Roadster as a 40-piece exclusive last July, it’s not exactly a stretch to imagine that a more limited-run special edition like the Huayra Imola would feature a V-12 engine that can produce more than 800 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque. This model is named after one of the most famous race tracks in the world. It would be an injustice if it didn’t have the kind of power and performance capabilities that would make it feel at home at Imola.
Speaking of performance, expect the Pagani Huayra Imola to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds.
It’s not much of an estimate, but we know that the 750-horsepower Huayra BC can hit that mark in 2.5 seconds. I wouldn’t be surprised, too, if the Huayra Imola can do it in under 2.5 seconds. With all the aero bits in place and the presumed output of more than 800 horsepower, a 2.5-second sprint-to-60-mph time should be a cakewalk for this limited-run super-exclusive Pagani Huayra.
|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|
|GEARBOX:||Xtrac 7 speed transversal AMT with electro-mechanical differential|
|BRAKES:||Brembo 4 ventilated CCM discs brake unit: Front 398×36 mm with 6 pistons monolithic caliper; Rear 380×34 mm with 4 pistons monolithic caliper|
|WHEELS:||APP forged monolithic aluminum alloy: Front 20 inch; Rear 21 inch|
|TYRES:||Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R: Front 265/30 R20; Rear 355/25 R21|
|SUSPENSIONS:||Forged aluminium alloy independent double wishbone with helical springs and electronically controlled shock absorbers|
|CHASSIS:||Pagani Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 monocoque with front and rear tubular steel subframes|
|DRY WEIGHT:||1,250 KG|
So, how much do I think the Pagani Huayra Imola cost Topcar founder Oleg Egorov? I’m not going to even pretend to know the answer to that question. All I know is that a seven-figure price tag shouldn’t be dismissed immediately. Considering the rarity of the special edition — only five units will be made — and the fact that it’s unlike anything Pagani has ever created, a price tag of $1 million or more is a safe assumption. Either way, it’s far too much money for me to spend on a car, let alone one that I’d be too scared to drive on the road out of fear of crashing it.
Read our full review on the 2017 Pagani Huayra BC.
Read our full review on the 2018 Pagani Huyra Roadster.
Read our full review on the 2011 Pagani Huayra.