Monday, May 4, 2015
New Pagani Plant To Come Online In September, Build Huayra Roadster
Pagani’s planned 100-car production run for the Huayra supercar will soon come to an end (all 100 build slots are already sold), after which the company will turn its attention to an open-top Huayra Roadster that will also be built in a limited run of 100 cars.
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But the Huayra Roadster, which arrives early next year, won’t be built at Pagani’s current workshop that forms part of its San Cesario sul Panaro headquarters in northern Italy; instead, the car will be built at a new, state-of-the-art factory located just 200 meters away. Speaking with Autovisie, a Pagani spokesman confirmed that the new factory will be completely in September. Pagani estimates that up to 300 cars could be built there annually but to retain exclusivity the company will cap production at just 45 cars per year for the time being. The U.S. is the single biggest market for the Huayra, accounting for 40 percent of all orders. This should be true also for the Huayra Roadster, which we’re expecting to be revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next March.
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Like the Zonda before it, the Huayra Roadster should be identical to its coupe sibling, with all of the same mechanical bits. That means a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12, producing at least 720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. The coupe's gull-wing doors will have to go, though. Pagani will likely give the Huayra Roadster a removable roof panel rather than an automated roof (just as it did with the previous Zonda Roadster), which means the curb weight should remain close to the coupe's 2,975-pound heft.