If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know how I feel about supercars. If you’re new here, I’ll sum up for you: There are probably more supercars I’d rather take home for a night than supermodels.
Which makes what I’m about to say about the recently unveiled Pagani Huayra a bit of a shock to my system…
The Huayra (pronounced Why-Ra) has been in development for seven years and replaces the legendary Zonda. Its formal debut will happen at the Geneva Motor Show. I’ll begin with the positive, the Huayra’s impressive specs:
The engine is a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 sourced from Mercedes-Benz’s SL65 Black Series. There will be two levels of tuning: a base 700-hp version and a Sport tune with 730 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed gearbox with paddle shifters. Zero to 62 mph screams by in 3.3 seconds. The body is constructed primarily of carbon fiber, including the gullwing doors. Motorized flaps at each of the car’s corners operate independently of each other and are deployed to increase aerodynamic downforce for acceleration, braking and cornering. The front suspension is height-adjustable, taking the fear out of speed bumps and parking garages (not that you’d ever actually park in one). Perhaps best of all, the Huayra has a curb weight of just 2,976 pounds.
But I’m not.
After seven years of build-up, the Huayra is a colossal disappointment. That incredible drivetrain and chassis technology is wrapped in absolutely dreadful styling. The gull-wing doors, while an obvious nod to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, are the only nice touch. The mirrors are way beyond hideous and remind me of the flower stems in my daughter’s fairyland play set. The mouthy grille belongs on a bottom-feeder fish and flashlight-size headlamps are more out of proportion than a fat guy in a tiny jacket. Out back, an awkward cluster of exhaust seems to show where the designers just gave up. To top it all off, the price is said to come in at $1.37 million. For that, I could buy a supercar that has performance and looks: the Lexus LFA. Two of them! Or a nice yacht. Or a lake place.
Then again, I might avoid water for a while until I can look at a deformed fish without thinking of the Huayra.
Do you like the new Pagani Huayra?