Pagani is no stranger to beautiful hyper cars and while it made its mark with the glorious Zonda, the Huayra brought in a carefully modelled evolution with its stunning interior and a turbocharged powertrain. Over the years in typical Pagani fashion, we have been seeing numerous iterations of the Huayra and they’ve been getting even more extreme. The Huayra Codalunga though is the final hurrah for this turbo-charged V12 masterpiece and this time, it gets the long-tail treatment.
The design, even by Pagani standards is even more outrageous but is also laced with a generous dose of classic craftsmanship via its svelte proportions. It’s a tribute to the 60’s race cars and this has been a special project car designed in collaboration with the owners. In 2018, collectors asked Pagani for a long-tail version of the Huayra and work was started by Pagani Grandi Complicazioni, a special projects division within the company.
“A client is not someone who only buys from you once. A real client comes back again and again,” said Horacio Pagani, Founder and Chief Designer, Pagani Automobili.
“We decided to use the simple linear style of the Huayra Coupé as the starting point. We made the Huayra Codalunga longer and smoother as if it had been caressed and moulded by the wind, to design lines that were even more elegant than the coupe. We drew inspiration from the long tails of the 1960s that raced at Le Mans, which had very clean lines. The Huayra Codalunga comprises very few essential elements; we have taken away rather than added. Simplifying is not at all straightforward, and this vehicle is, above all, the result of a complex pursuit of simple ideas,” he said.
It’s very long and beautifully designed with minimal lines showcasing old Le Mans racers with a long tail. While the front end is similar to the standard Huayra, the side and rear styling have been completely reworked. Those large body panels are hand-made in aluminium while the rear engine cover alone has a footprint of more than 3.7 m2, and is 360 mm longer than the one on the Huayra Coupe.
To do justice to its sensuous lines, the powertrain is a V12 developing 840 HP with 1,100 Nm of torque. Pagani has also removed grilles at the rear so that there is nothing in-between your ears and those titanium exhausts.
The interior is another work of art with various shapes and details being squeezed in along with an artisanal touch. The Huayra Codalunga takes its 60’s theme further here with a woven aged suede leather finish evoking the patina of old race cars. All this is draped on a canvas of exposed carbon fibre which is scattered everywhere.
Only five tailor-made examples would be made and needless to say, they are all spoken for. Amidst all this, its $8 million price tag largely fades into insignificance.