It’s been a fair span of time since we’ve seen a new Huayra. The model that has defined the last decade of design from Italian exotic carmaker Pagani has appeared in various guises since it was first unveiled in 2011, with hard top and roadster versions most plentiful — at 100 examples for each body style — and homage, one-off and special-editions popping up out of collaboration, or at the whim of the company’s leadership or that of its clients.
A new Huayra has been announced. The variant is called the Codalunga — ‘coda’ being Italian for tail, as any musician can tell you, while ‘lunga’ means long — and it features an exterior body shape that strongly suggests race car designs of the 1960s, especially from the rear, but also in its gullwing doors, and in its cockpit, where aero-inspired forms dominate instrument and vent design. The Huayra Codalunga is the work of Grandi Complicazioni, Pagani’s coachbuilding division, and was inspired by the dream of a client.
Powering the Codalunga is a tuned version of the AMG-sourced V12; in this case, the engine makes 840 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. The carbon monocoque design of the car and other weight-relieving design touches — including a titanium exhaust which, incredibly, weighs in at less than ten pounds — helps give it a curb weight of 2822 pounds; together with the monstrous engine, that translates into a devastating power-to-weight ratio.
Pagani quietly announced that five examples of the Huayra Codalunga would be produced in March of this year. All have been sold, at seven million Euros a whack.