One of the most talked about small-scale automakers famed for its dramatic Zonda hypercar and Huayra replacement, the company founded by Argentine former Lamborghini engineer Horacio Pagani in 1992 unveiled the Zonda C12 at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show, but only really came to worldwide acclaim in 2002 with the revised S packing a 400 kW normally aspirated 7.0-litre Mercedes-Benz V12 engine.
Unveiled in February this year as the soft-top version of the Huayra Coupe, the Roadster comes powered by a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG, but unlike the mill in the hard-top, tuned to produce 562 kW as opposed to 537 kW with torque remaining unchanged at 1 000 Nm.
Connected to a X-Trac developed seven-speed sequential gearbox, the Roadster, according to reports, will complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in around three seconds and reach a top speed in access of 350 km/h. Made from a combination of carbon fibre and titanium (carbo-titanium), the Roadster ticks the scales at 1 280 kg, some 80 kg less than the Coupe.
With only 100 set to be build worldwide, Daytona has already confirmed that Huayras allocated for South Africa have been sold out for the next two years. Although priced from €2 280 000 (R37 814 484) in Europe, local pricing has not been revealed.
"We have always been great admirers of the Modenese Atelier and it is with great pleasure that I can say we are now the official representative of Pagani in not only in South Africa, but the African continent," Daytona CEO Justin Divaris said in a statement.
"I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters in San Cesario Sul Panaro and I was impressed by the level of quality and the performance of the vehicles, as well as the incredible skills of the Pagani artisans. We share the same passion for the automotive art and the same values like quality, tailor-made creations and attention to details”.
In a similar reaction, Pagani stated, "We are really honored to work with such an amazing group of professionals in South Africa. We are excited to be now present in this very interesting territory and we are sure that Daytona’s customers will appreciate the combination of Art and Science, design and technology which is makes Pagani the automotive icon it is".
According to Daytona, the first Huayra Roadster is expected to arrive in the country next year.