Portrait of a Supercar: 2013 Pagani Huayra

imageThey’re calling me The God of the Road. Oh my, are they right.

My twin turbocharged, 700-horsepower AMG motor and lightweight art-meets-science design makes for an awe-inspiring look and divine driving experience that would make the “Most Interesting Man in the World” giggle like a schoolgirl behind my wheel.

That would be understandable—my engine at full wail sounds otherworldly, as if my namesake, Huayra (pronounced why-rah), the ancient South American god of wind, blew life into my 12 cylinders himself.

There’s no mistaking where I come from, given my seamless construction: A single piece of clay. Well, that’s not really true, but my actual maker, Horacio Pagani, left his fingerprints everywhere, and my design is beyond intelligent.
Pagani and his teams at Pagani Automobili spared no details, inside or out. It takes 1,400 titanium bolts to hold all my parts in place as one glorious machine. The bolt sets cost into the six figures; each individual bolt has a Pagani logo etched onto it. Those are just my bolts.

Wait until you see my body. My dart-like styling aside, I boast some truly unique features such as four system-controlled exterior flaps that use aerodynamic forces to act as air breaks to navigate sharp curves at high speeds. You’ll need them in the straightaways, too. Man wasn’t meant to reach speeds topping 225mph (the same takeoff speed of the supersonic airliner Concorde) in anything that doesn’t have wings. So at this point, I know you’ll have your head in the clouds, but don’t worry, we’re not a wax-winged Icarus. The flaps’ resulting downforce are real. And will help keep you and me grounded, literally.

imageI bet you’re dying to see if my beauty is only skin deep. Well just a click of a few buttons and my exoskeleton is shed, my panels reaching up and out from my chassis like a Swiss Army knife, complete with gull-wing doors. That gold, glowing light blinding your eyes? Yeah, that’s what I got under the hood.

While I belong more in a museum than in a garage, for the first time, a piece of Pagani artwork will be available stateside come June 2013.

Pagani, however, is planning to build only 40 Huayra per year. With the critics falling over themselves, a reported 14 Americans are already waiting in line, their checkbooks open. So look for my $1.2 to $1.4 million base price tag to climb, not drop. But there’s good news. Long Island boasts some of the wealthiest communities in the country, so the odds are good that one of those dozen or so lucky Huayra owners also owns property here, say in the Hamptons or on the Gold Coast.

That means if the rest of you keep the faith, you might get to see a god, right here and in this world. But don’t blink, ‘cause if you do, I’ll be gone with the wind.

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6.0L twin-turbo V12
0-60 in 3.4 seconds
Max Power: 230 mph
Max Speed: 720 hp @ 6300 rpm
Max Torque: 740 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm
Base Price: $1.2 million to $1.4 million