Pagani removes the roof from its Huayra supercar, lowers your jaw

Pagani removes the roof from its Huayra supercar, lowers your jaw

Named after an Andean wind god, the Pagani Huayra Roadster, like the hard-top version is made nearly entirely from lightweight, but expensive, carbon fiber.

The stunning new Pagani Huayra Roadster has made its first appearance before making a public debut at Geneva.

Just 100 examples of the Huayra Roadster will be built, and the company says all have already been sold - despite it costing more than twice as much as the Huayra coupe.

Horacio Pagani always builds lovely cars, but man, the new Huayra Roadster is a particular knockout.

The full debut of the Huayra Roadster will be at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The roadster project started in 2010 but was scrapped and begun anew in 2013 around a simple theme: la bellezza, or beauty. "From the very beginning, the Huayra Roadster door design followed in the tradition of the Mercedes-Benz models of the 1950's, specifically the gullwing doors of the 300-SL, and its Roadster variant featuring conventional doors", Pagani said in a press release.

Highlights of the Huayra Roadster's design include of course the removable roof, of which there are two to choose.

It'd be easy to dismiss this as the "regular" Huayra with the roof chopped off, but a lot of all-new engineering went into the Roadster's development. Using a carbon fiber-titanium hybrid material known as Carbo-Triax HP52, the Huarya Roadster weighs almost 200 pounds less than the Coupe. Overall, the Pagani Huayra Roadster is 80 kg lighter and 52 percent stiffer than the Huayra coupe. Customers can get either a removable carbon-fibre hardtop panel, which gives the auto a coupe-look while its attached.

The Huayra roadster gets an aggressive grille, wider wheel arches, roll bars, a light carbon and glass hard top, and a soft fabric roof that can be installed quickly. The Pagani Huayra Roadster still comes with the Mercedes-AMG V-12 engine but it's more powerful, lighter, stiffer and according to the company better in the ride and handling department too. The roadster also carries on the BC's seven-speed automated manual transaxle built by motorsports supplier Xtrac. Gear shifts are done by an Automac-tuned ECU, and a Bosch limited-slip differential is also present to keep all that mad power in control.

Braking is handled by new Brembo carbon ceramic discs (380x34mm discs with 6-piston calipers at the front and 380x34mm discs with 4-piston calipers at the rear).

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