Named after an ancient Andean god of wind, the 2012 Pagani Huayra is the newest Italian supercar offered from by one of the smallest and most unheralded automakers.
Unlike the company’s current car, the Zonda, the Huayra has been engineered to meet U.S. safety and emissions standards, and should be available — to a chosen few who can get one of the 20 made for about $1.4 million.
Pagani describes the car as “a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis cradling a mid-mounted, 700 hp 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine.” It was designed for Pagani by AMG, the performance division of Mercedes-Benz.
The new Pagani has a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and weighs less 3,000 pounds. The manufacturer claims a top speed of more than 230 mph. A moveable wing with four adjustable flaps allows the car to transform its aerodynamics to suit the prevailing winds being generated by such speeds.
The two-passenger cabin features leather and carbon fiber trim among other high-end gadgets and options.