Powered by a twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG V-12 engine that produces over 700hp and 740 lb-ft of torque, mated to a seven-speed sequential gearbox and a dual-disc clutch, the 2013 Pagani Huayra “is capable of withstanding 1.5g of lateral acceleration at speeds of up to 230 mph (370 km/h).” Continue reading for a video preview, more pictures, and additional information.
Because the engine is absolutely, one-hundred percent mental. Boost is hard and insistent, and the car sounds like a literal explosion. It’s not pretty, or operatic, but it is something you can’t help wanting to experience again and again. And again. Dumpvalves choosh, exhausts hum, things whine. It’s like an exploding jet engine. With a gearbox.
It’s also fast enough to make you squeak, though it does get a little light at silly speeds, and when it decides to oversteer – which it does eventually – the boost makes it much harder to guage accurately than the Zonda. Not that I ever managed to guage that very accurately either, it has to be said. The flaps operate above 50mph, and act as airbrakes and stabilisers, though on the roads I was on it was hard to figure out if they were doing anything too specific.