You know that saying, “You get what you pay for”? Well, when it comes to the Pagani Huayra Roadster, you’re evidently getting a lot for that USD$3.5 million price tag.
And that’s actually pretty true. The roadster comes with a 6.0-litre AMG V12 that produces 800 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque. The rear wheels put that horsepower to the road via a seven-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox with a lightweight clutch (lightweight because the single-clutch set up is 35 per cent lighter than a dual-clutch).
That kind of power is all well and good if you’re keeping to a straight line, but how does the roadster do with curves? The roadster actually produces 1.9Gs of max lateral force while cornering; compare that to Bugatti’s 1.5Gs on the Chiron and you get an idea of just how well the roadster will do on corners.
The roadster is also pretty lightweight thanks to Pagani’s approach to the chassis, which is made of a carbon-titanium composite, Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2. That composite makes the chassis both stiff and light, but it also comes at a price. The cost of the composite is a 450 per cent increase, which is probably the biggest culprit behind the USD$3.5 million price.
Pagani also added in a set of Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes on forged aluminium alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Zero Trofeo R tires. The suspension is also forged aluminium alloy with a double-wishbone design that works in conjunction with electronically controlled shock absorbers.
Pagani also designed the car to go topless thanks to its removable hardtop. The interior is completely decked out in Alcantara leather and carbon fibre nearly everywhere you look. The shifter features a carved wooden knob—a nice touch to add a bit of flair to the car. Step around to the back of the roadster and you’ll see yet another differentiator: a six pipe titanium exhaust.
Of course, as fast as this car can go, it will go even faster as Pagani is only going to create 40 of the Huayra Roadster.