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First U.S. Pagani Huayra Coming to the States

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On: Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 6:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

First U.S. Pagani Huayra Coming to the States

The rumors are official: Pagani will be selling its all-new Huayra supercar in the United States, making it Pagani's first car in the market. Unlike the Zonda, the Huayra was developed with an adherence to U.S. emissions and safety regulations in mins, and it long seemed clear that the Italian supercar-maker was intent upon breaking into the ever-supercar-hungry U.S. market. Pagani made it official on Tuesday.

Pagani has yet to release pricing for the Huayra, but indications are that it will cost somewhere around 1 million euros when it hits the market. That translates to around $1.35 million by today's rates. Pagani plans to begin U.S. sales later this year.

Before the Huayra hits the market, it will need to make its world and U.S. debut. Pagani detailed the car last month, but hasn't yet debuted it at an auto show. The world debut will come at the Geneva Motor Show, which gets underway on March 1. Pagani plans to detail U.S. debut plans within the next few weeks, but I have a hard time believing it won't take advantage of the New York Auto Show in April. New York City, after all, is full of the kind of wealthy high-rollers that could actually afford a million-dollar car.

Recap: The Huayra is powered by a 700-hp 6.0-liter bi-turbo Mercedes AMG V12 developed specifically for the car. Shifting comes by way of a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission. While 700 horses is already an outrageous output to us mere mortals used to driving our Toyotas and Chryslers, those who are willing to drop a little extra will be able to get 730 horses in the Huayra Sport.

Resembling an aircraft as much if not more than a supercar, the Huayra uses all kinds of lightweight components and advanced technological features to get as much on-road performance as possible. The car weighs just under 3,000 lbs. thanks to a carbon-titanium tub and composite parts. A series of four airflaps around the body open and close to automatically optimize aerodynamics for the driving conditions at hand.

All that power and technology is going to pay off, but it's not yet clear how big of a pay-off we're talking. Pagani is still testing the Huayra and has yet to release performance figures. However, estimates include 3.3 seconds to 62 mph and a 230-mph top speed.

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