We’ve Finally Learned Just How Extreme the Pagani Huayra Imola Really Is
Remember that cool, black and orange Pagani Huayra Imola that damn near broke social media when TopCar released a few images? Well there’s another one that’s just as extreme, a little less colorful, and – apparently – China bound. This specific model is one of the four remaining models and all the information and pictures comes from Pagani China. More importantly, though, we’ve learned more than we’ve ever known before about this ultra-rare, modified Huayra. Hint: It’s the most powerful Pagani ever built.
One could argue that the Pagani Huayra was one of the best supercars of the 2010s, but that argument only holds water up to 2017 when Pagani unleashed the Huayra BC. It’s based on the standard Huayra but features an improved V-12 engine, revised aerodynamics, and a race-inspired interior. That V-12 under the hood is good for 739 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque (the roadster has 753 ponies) while 60 mph comes in as fast as 2.8 seconds. Since this AMG-powered beast is a very limited model, we decided we should show it some screen love and decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite wallpaper below, but there’s a whole gallery at the bottom of the page that you can sift through to find your favorite.
The Pagani Imola Is Extreme in All the Right Ways
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.
Pagani Has an EV in the Works and Even an SUV, but What Does That Mean for the Legendary V-12?
Pagani has established itself as one of Italy’s most well known makers of opulent super- and hypercars and part of what made its creations so popular was the V12 engine that powered them. The engine itself is made by Mercedes-AMG for Pagani, and while the current Huayra’s twin-turbo V-12 is not as loud or characterful as the naturally-aspirated V-12 heart of the older Zonda, it’s still an integral part of the experience.
But now we have news that Pagani is looking to shift its focus away from the V-12, at least in part, since its founder and CEO, Horacio Pagani, has confirmed the company is working on a fully-electric hypercar. Not only that, but Mr. Pagani has also admitted he’s been pondering whether or not to make an SUV for a long time and now that his company’s relationship to Mercedes is so tight and fruitful, he might actually push forward to make it happen.
Think You Know What’s Next For Pagani? Think Again!
Italian automaker Pagani is a rare breed in the supercar world. Unlike other exotic brands, Pagani has not only stayed relevant in the game, but it’s also thrived in it despite building only two models — the Zonda and the Huayra — in the last 20 years. The Italian automaker’s formula? Rebuilding existing Zondas and Huayras and turning them into unique one-off creations. The strategy has worked out well for Pagani as customers continue to ask unique and special modifications to the Huayra and the Zonda, and as long as the demand is there, Pagani is willing to oblige. It looks like that demand isn’t going away anytime soon so prepare yourselves for more one-off Huayras and Zondas to enter our lives in the future. Turns out, Pagani’s not done with either of these two models.
Video: Another Look at the Pagani Huayra L’Ultimo
The final Pagani Huayra just arrived stateside, and car fans are drooling over its custom body and interior treatment. Dubbed the L’Ultimo edition, the Pagani is currently on display at Prestige Imports in Miami, Florida, and exotics fan/YouTube personality Mario Vergel decided to check it out for himself. This is what he found.
The video is 6 minutes, 33 seconds in length, and includes shots of several other supercars and sports cars, including the Porsche GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT4, LaFerrari, Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder, and of course, Vergel’s BMW M3. However, if you just wanna jump straight to the Pagani, skip ahead to the 4-minute, 39-second mark.
The video gives us a glimpse off the Italian monster in full HD as it spins on its pedestal, showing the goods from just about every angle.
For those of you who may be unaware, the L’Ultimo is an extremely limited edition of the supercar - in fact, it’s a one-off model that was custom built for one lucky Pagani customer. Continue reading to learn more about it.
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Meet the "L’Ultimo" - The Final Production Model of the Pagani Huayra All Dressed Up in Hamilton-Inspired Livery
Six years after production of the Pagani Huayra started, the Italian supercar is all set to say goodbye with a final production model. Fittingly, the last-ever coupe version is saying adios with a bang, specifically in the form of a special edition model, called “L’Ultimo.” Like most special edition Paganis, the Huayra L’Ultimo is a one-off bespoke project that carries its own unique identity. In this case, the Huayra L’Ultimo pays homage to Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One race car.
All Pagani Huayra BC And Huayra Roadster in America Are Being Recalled
Recalls happen all the time in the auto industry. What’s rare is when the automaker that’s doing the recall is a niche Italian supercar brand that’s known more for building some of the most gorgeous cars on the planet. But alas, strange things happen in this strange business, which is why, of all auto brands in the world, Pagani is recalling all 2017 MY Huayra BC and Huayra Roadster supercars in the U.S. All 16 of them.
Pagani has a Huayra Successor and an EV in the Works!
Pagani has always been a one-car-at-a-time producer, but a new report says that the revered automaker will actually turnout two cars alongside one another. One car will be an EV, a car that was confirmed by none other than head honcho, Horacio Pagani, who said there is a team of 20 people working on the project. That model is due by 2025, but it’s not the only big piece of news coming out of Pagani today. A news site known as Autodato claims that Pagani is developing a successor to the Huayra that will have, among other things, the option for a manual transmission.
Watch the 2018 Pagani Huayra BC Blast Around A Racetrack
Pagani has a rich history over its relatively short lifespan. When the Zonda debuted in 1999, it sent shockwaves up Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, and everybody else’s spine. Now nearly 20 years later, the Huayra is the darling of this small Italian automaker. But some say the Huayra needed more soul.
Enter: the Huayra BC – a car so sharpened beyond the original that Motor Trend’s new host, Jethro Bovingdon, suggests its basically a new product. The BC’s body is made from titanium-reinforced carbon fiber, a material that’s not only stronger but lighter, helping the car shed 291 pounds. The BC only tips the scales at 2,685 pounds. And then there’s the engine. The AMG-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 makes 60 more horsepower for a total 753 at 6,200 rpm and 811 pound-feet of torque at only 1,000 rpm! The power is managed by a revised seven-speed, auto-clutch manual transaxle hanging off the mid-mounted engine. Naturally, power is sent only to the rear wheels as God and Pagani intended.
Well, Bovingdon is no stranger to driving high-horsepower missiles around a track, so his commentary on the BC is rather telling. The video is an incredibly fun and educational watch, especially since it’s filmed inside Pagani’s headquarters and assembly room in San Cesario sul Panaro, Italy, just outside Modena. And don’t forget to check out TopSpeed’s coverage of the Pagani Zonda, Huayra, and Huayra BC.
2017 Pagani Huayra Americano
From the automaker that has turned one-off creations into something of a business in of itself, Pagani is back at it again with yet another exclusive creation. It’s called the Pagani Huayra Americano, and it’s actually here in the U.S., specifically at Pagani’s own dealership in Newport Beach, California. Even better; it’s actually for sale, though like most one-off Paganis, the price for this exclusive Huayra is on a need-to-know basis.
Pagani Newport didn’t disclose too many details about the Huayra Americana, saying only that it was delivered in the latter half of 2016 and only has 488 miles on its odometer. It’s also stock #0019 and carries the VIN ZFGK58739Kl09300L. There’s no price tag on the car, but that’s to be expected considering that this is a one-off model that underwent a lot of custom touches to validate its name. Regardless of what new digs are in the car, don’t expect it to come cheap. For one, those 488 miles are close enough to be considered new. Then there’s the prestige and exclusivity that comes with being an owner of a true one-off Pagani Huayra. All that considered, expect this car to fetch north of $2 million at the very least.
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2016 Pagani Huayra Tempesta
Pagani has been known to create some pretty wild vehicles. I mean look at models like the Zonda Revolucion and the Huayra BC, for example. They are clearly two of the wildest machines created, but now Pagani is stepping things up for the Huayra coupe with a new package. Dubbed the Pacchetto Tempesta, the kit is offered as an option on new Huayra models or as a retrofit for those of you who already own a Huayra.
This new package comes with aerodynamic enhancements as well as a few other upgrades that will help improve the car’s handling and driving characteristics. According to Pagani, the kit provides “more responsive behavior,” and reduced body roll and pitch, providing a “sporty yet comfortable driving experience.”
The real shocker about the whole Pacchetto Tempesta’ package is the invoice that comes with it. With a price tag of €160,000, or about $182,480 at current conversion rates. So, for the price of this upgrade kit, you could get yourself a new McLaren 540C or even a new Porsche 911. So, with a price that high, let’s take a good look at the kit and see what makes it worth that much money.
Updated 08/23/2017: We added a series of images taken during the car’s auction at the 2017 Monterey Car Week where it was sold for $2,420,000.
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2017 Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta
As a company that has become no stranger to dazzling one-off creations, Pagani is back at it again with, well, another one-off Zonda masterpiece. This time, though, the Italian automaker didn’t build one for a deep-pocketed customer with far too much wealth for his own good. This ultra-exclusive Zonda, called the Zonda HP Barchetta, is for the man who launched Pagani in the first place, Horacio Pagani.
It’s been a long road for the Pagani Zonda to get to this point. It was launched all the way back in 1999 and while it was eventually replaced in 2011 by the Huayra, it’s remarkable run has continued in the form of one one-off model after another, including recent introductions like the Fantasma Evo and the Riviera. The HP Barchetta follows in this tradition and while it is technically a “three-off” – three models will be built – its place secure as one of the most unique Zondas in Pagani’s history. There’s a lot to the Zonda HP Barchetta that justifies its status as a different beast compared to its contemporaries, even by the completely exclusive standards that Pagani’s Uno-di-Uno division upholds. It adopts many of the unique styling features that previous exclusive Zondas had and adds to it with design elements that we’ve never seen from Pagani, be it on the Zonda or the Huayra. It’s fitting then that the HP Barchetta gets these “new” upgrades since these three models are likely to be the last Zondas to be created. I know that Pagani has towed that line numerous times in the past, but if it decided to finally send the Zonda to the shed, the Zonda HP Barchetta is a pretty good final send-off.
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2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera
They say that fine art speaks incredible stories while sitting still as people look at them. In a lot of ways, the Pagani Zonda is the farthest thing from fine art, particularly that it doesn’t do well in an idle state. Then again, the Zonda is also, in other ways, the epitome of fine art. It’s limited nature and exotic qualities make it precious in a lot of eyes. And as far as the stories it tells, well, let’s just say they make for good conversations. Take this particular Zonda for example. It’s now called the Zonda Riviera, but it didn’t always carry the name. Once upon a time, it was a Zonda F, and in the decade that’s been alive, it’s been through quite a lot for a car of its stature.
It does seem a little odd that we’re seeing another Zonda get reimagined as a new model only a week after seeing another of its kind, the Zonda Fantasma Evo, go through the same treatment. These events do speak of the age of the model and the fact that it’s been 12 years since Pagani rolled out the Zonda F means that we’re likely to see more of them in the near future. For now, though, the Zonda Riviera takes center stage, as the Zonda Fantasma Evo did last week. it doesn’t quite have an eventful story as Fantasma Evo - that one literally came back from a crash - but it does have a tale or two in its pocket, as most Pagani Zonda Fs that have aged rather nicely will tell us.
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2017 Pagani Zonda Fantasma Evo
If cars could tell stories and write books about their lives and what they’ve been through, this particular Pagani Zonda would have a New York Times best-seller on its hands. See, it may look like a brand-new Zonda that Pagani has kept under lock and key in Italy, but it’s actually far from new. Strip away the new body and what you get is a 12-year old car that originated as a Zonda F. True story.
Now it’s christened as the Pagani Zonda Fantasma Evo and it looks resplendent in dark red carbon fiber. Even in its new guise, this car’s history is as rich as any Pagani model in history. It’s been through a crash that left it short of the scrap heap. It’s been sent back to Pagani for nips and tucks more times than even the owner can count. It’s changed names a handful of times, too, first as the Zonda F before being renamed the Zonda SH to account for the owner’s initials. From there, it became the Zonda Fantasma because it apparently has a nicer ring to it. And after the latest series of modifications, it’s added the “Evo” moniker, this officially making it the Zonda Fantasma Evo. Through it all though, one thing about the car that hasn’t changed: the AMG-sourced V-8. Twelve years after hitting the market, the Zonda Fantasma Evo still makes use of a naturally aspirated, 7.3-liter engine, though it now makes 100 more horsepower than its 660 factory tune. In a nutshell, the Zonda Fantasma Evo has become the living embodiment of the saying, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
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Back in the late 2000s, Pagani’s official dealer in Hong Kong requested that Pagani build “the most extreme road-legal Zonda ever created.” Pagani was up to the challenge and, in 2009, Pagani issued a direct response to the request with the Pagani Zonda Cinque. The Cinque was produced in just five examples (with an additional five examples built in roadster form) and was built with the track performance standards of the Zonda R combined with the road-legal standards of the Zonda F.
The end result was a car that was more powerful than the Zonda F with the looks of something that should be chained up inside of a luxurious stable at the track. Furthermore, The Zonda Cinque was actually the first road-legal car that was supported by a carbon-titanium frame and the first Zonda to have a six-speed sequential transmission. Powered by a detuned version of the Mercedes-sourced 7.3-liter V-12, the Zonda Cinque was obviously a very special machine.
As of the time of this writing, seven years has passed since the Zonda Cinque made its official debut (and made five wealthy people very happy,) so let’s take a look back on one of the coolest Zonda’s ever made. After all, one could say it is a genuine work of art.
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Unique Pagani Zonda Zozo Crashes in Tokyo
Supercars are fast, good looking (well, most of them at least), cool, and can be seen as a solid investment, but all come with a major downside, no matter the badge. With all that oomph available at a simple push of the gas pedal, they tend to go wild and push you off the road, especially if you’re not paying close attention or lack the necessary skills to handle it. When that happens, not only do they require expensive repairs (given they can be salvaged, that is!), but the occupants need a bit of luck to survive. Fortunately, the Zonda you see in the photo didn’t claim the life of its driver, but the owner will have to make a serious investment to get it back on the road again.
The car in question is the Pagani Zonda Zozo, a supecar commissioned by Yusaku Maezawa, the owner of the Japanese online retailer Zozotown. According to GT Spirit, the purple Zonda was smashed on December 3 somewhere in Tokyo, losing its front hood in the process. Information as to what happened specifically is scant, but things don’t look that bad and it appears that the car’s cockpit is intact. This means the occupant(s) escaped unscathed, which is the best news we can have following a car accident. The Zonda, on the other hand, will require an expensive visit to Horacio Pagani’s shop.
Although the damage isn’t very extensive, it’s heartbreaking to see any Zonda like that, especially with most models being unique. The Zozo is one of them, being designed with partially covered rear wheels, an extra set of red taillights, and a bespoke purple paint that makes it stand out just about anywhere. Fixing the car shouldn’t be an issue for Pagani, which has rebuilt previous unique models in the past (the Zonda Fantasma and Absolute come to mind), and I guess it’s safe to assume that Maewaza can afford to spend some serious cash to get it running again.
Speaking of expenses, it appears that the Zonda collided with the Maybach 62S seen in the same image. Now that’s a multi-million-dollar car crash right there.
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