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Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra

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On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

Fully Official: Pagani Unveils The Huayra

Geneva may be more than a month away, but thanks in part to a leak, Pagani has revealed the Huayra. Instead of having to sit through a dull, unrevealing fifth teaser video, we now have full details and crisp, clean pictures of the supercar. And it looks like a million bucks—as well it should, because it will cost even more.

Pagani was in the middle of a rather slow, uncompelling teaser campaign when a few leaked images from Car magazine and CarsUK hit the Web and completely overshadowed the release of the fourth (of five) teaser video last Friday. We knew it was only a matter of time before Pagani salvaged what was left of its climactic reveal and came clean.

The Huayra makes use of a bi-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine that Mercedes AMG designed specifically to Pagani's specifications. As was rumored, the V12 will put out 700 horses in the standard version, but a Sport version with 730-hp will also be available. Those versions will put out 737 lb-ft and 811 lb-ft respectively. A seven-speed paddle-shift transmission from XTRAC is mounted transversely behind the engine.

Though the Huayra carries extra safety gear, helping it to meet U.S. regulations, the curb weight of the car has been kept down to 2,976 lbs. with the help of a carbon-titanium tub and composite parts like the massive, carbon fiber gullwings.

Helping that engine and light body to be as effective on the road as possible, a series of four airflaps automatically open or close to adjust downforce and maximize acceleration, grip, and handling.

Pagani hasn't committed to performance specs just yet, but, according to Autocar, has claimed that the car reached 230 mph in testing—a big increase over the 217 mph top speed of the Zonda Cinque. The car supposedly hits 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is .1 seconds quicker than the Cinque.

So, if you're looking to take on a Pagani in your all-new Lamborghini Aventador, you'd better make it a short race (the Aventador gets out of the gate quicker with an alleged 2.9-second to 62 mph time but is expected to top out at 217).

If the car is successful, Pagani plans on doubling its annual output with the help of a new factory. It will expand its sales into China and the U.S.

Before that, the Huayra will make its world debut in Geneva.

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