Introduced a few days ago, the new Pagani Huayra promises to be a circuit beast. While waiting to see her at work, Pagani suggests that we listen to her.
The rare fans of V12 motor cars dedicated to the track are spoiled for choice at the moment. And to think that we thought that the V12s were on the verge of extinction! There’s the Gordon Murray T.50s Nikki Lauda, the Lamborghini Squadra Corse SCV12, the Ferrari FXX-K Evo and the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro. Pagani now joins the fray with the Huayra R, powered by a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 developed in collaboration with HWA, much like the Apollo IE V12. Yes, AMG has also put its nose in the development of this engine.
Following the unveiling of the Huayra R not long ago, Pagani was kind enough to share with us a video of the V12 engine playing its sweet sound. Developed from a blank sheet, the turbo-less V12 produces 850 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and torque of 750 Nm from 5,500 rpm. It has a red line at 9,000 rpm and makes an amazing noise before you get there. It is a racing engine. It therefore goes without saying that it cannot meet the increasingly stringent emissions regulations applicable to dedicated road cars. Pagani says the 6.0-liter block can travel nearly 10,000 kilometers at full throttle before the valves and springs need to be replaced.
An exceptional V12?
Despite its size, the V12 tips the scales at just 198 kilograms, which allows the Huayra R to display a total weight of only 1,050 kg. That’s barely more than the smallest European city cars. When developing the core of his new hypercar dedicated to the track, Horacio Pagani set himself a goal: “The new engine must have the charm, romance, sound and simplicity of the F1 engines of the 1980s, while incorporating the cutting edge of technology available today.” The result seems to stick out pretty well and already promises to go down in history as one of the last atmospheric V12s before electrification took over.
Only 30 lucky customers will be able to enjoy that sound on a track after paying $ 3.1 million. Notice that it’s actually $ 400,000 “cheaper” than the Huayra BC Roadster. Being a track car without a dedicated racing category, Pagani had the freedom to break all the rules to unleash the full potential of what must be the worthy successor to the Zonda R. Breaking the rules is also synonymous with ‘economy.