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First U.S. Pagani Huayra A Test Dummy?

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On: Wed, Jul 27, 2011 at 5:24PM | By: Chris Weiss

First U.S. Pagani Huayra A Test Dummy?

When Pagani announced that its all new, 700-hp Huayra was coming to the United States, it was sort of a big deal. The last Pagani model—the ever-powerful Zonda—was never sold in the States because it wasn't up to U.S. regulations. As the Zonda was the first Pagani ever made, that means that the Huayra is the first Pagani model to be offered in the U.S. You can almost hear the sounds of multi-millionaires with something to prove peeing their pants all over the country.

The first Huayra on U.S. soil was officially spotted, but according to rumor, things are not exactly as they appear.

The first clue that something is amiss is the location. The Huayra was snapped not in the greater LA area. Not in Miami. Not San Francisco. Or even New York. Denver, Colorado is the scene of this crime. A nice, scenic city, to be sure, but not exactly the place you'd expect to see the first Huayra. Especially since Pagani has established dealerships only in LA and San Francisco.

That last point brings up a second clue. Deliveries aren't scheduled to begin until next year, so this car is pretty early to the party.

So what is this mysterious Huayra and why is the wind god blowing through the mountains of Colorado? Well, GT Spirit says it spoke with Pagani HQ and verified that the car is actually a test dummy. And it's not even Pagani doing the testing. Mercedes' AMG, which built the 700-hp 6.0-liter bi-turbo V-12 that powers the actual Huayra, is using the car for engine testing.

Now it all makes a lot more sense. The Huayra is reportedly among a fleet of AMG test cars undergoing hot-weather testing. And what better test for an engine than mountain climbs in sweltering, mid-July heat? The Mile High City's definitely equipped to provide those conditions.

Regardless of what's running under the hood, the Huayra is looking good. If you're anywhere near the Denver area, I'd suggest sitting by the window just in case this one happens to roll by.


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