The Pagani Huayra Roadster: Open-Top Excellence

For years now, rumors have floated around about the highly-anticipated roadster version of Pagani’s current hypercar, the Huayra. The carbon fiber-bodied, AMG powered coupe has completed its production run, and Pagani has finally revealed its beautiful convertible version to the world. Making its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Huayra Roadster is poised to provide the dynamic thrills of driving a hypercar along with the wonderful freedom of the wind in your hair.

Powering the Huayra Roadster is the same AMG-built 6-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 found in all other Huayra variants. In this form, the massive engine is capable of 760 horsepower and 737 ft lb of torque. This tremendous power hits the rear wheels through a unique 7-speed transmission, providing a 0-60 time in the high 2-second range and a top speed well in excess of 200 miles per hour.

While the engine has been tweaked slightly compared to the coupe, the biggest changes have taken place on the Huayra’s incredibly beautiful bodywork. Virtually everything has been changed to optimize aerodynamics, and it has managed to look fantastic like every car Mr. Horacio has ever put his name on. The front bumper has been revised and bares much resemblance to the Huayra BC. That’s no coincidence, as this car has learned many lessons from its hardcore predecessor. Along the sides of the body, tweaks have been made to channel air and also provide a new mounting point for the doors. Needless to say, the doors no longer open in a roof-mounted gullwing fashion, so a new door style has been adopted. Around back, an incredibly intricate engine cover frames the beautiful V12 and introduces new lines to the rear of the car. These lines flow up and over the rear lights, creating a wonderfully delicate shape. The Roadster also rides on a new (and very gold) set of multi-spoke wheels to complete the image.

Speaking in engineering terms, the topless Huayra is nothing short of astounding. A new blend of carbon fiber and titanium has been developed by Pagani to increase structural rigidity while decreasing weight. The suspension has also been reworked with lessons learned from the Huayra BC to improve the mid-engined beast’s handling. What this means is the Huayra roadster is actually lighter, and stiffer, than the coupe it replaces. This is almost unheard of. It also produces more horsepower, meaning the car’s power-to-weight ratio is even higher than the unnervingly fast car it’s based on.

Like the coupe before it, only 100 units of the Huayra Roadster will be produced, and they have all been sold before its public unveiling. Prices start somewhere around $2 million, which is understandable given just how special this car is shaping up to be. I cannot wait for the day I see one of these in person. Until then, for more coverage on this year’s Geneva reveals, make sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.