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Maniac Pagani Huayra loses its roof

15.02.2017

Already dramatic in coupe form, Pagani has now gone one step further by unveiling the Roadster variant of its Huayra hypercar.

Originally supposed to feature a removable roof and conventional doors, a concept eventually scrapped in 2013 and started from new, the Roadster is claimed to be more than just a open top Huayra with extensive use of carbon fibre and titanium (carbo- titanium), as well as a 52% increase in body stiffness, meaning a total weight of 1 280 kg, 80 kg less than the Coupe but 62 kg more than the BC Coupe.

In addition, further saving comes in the form a new suspension assembly made out of lightweight aluminium alloy, known as HiFrog. Designed specifically for the Roadster, the end result is a 25% reduction in weight compared to the Coupe, while the six (front) and four piston (rear) Brembo supplied carbon ceramic brakes have been developed to reduce as much unsprung weight as possible when braking.

Available with either a fabric and carbon removable roof stored inside or a lightweight carbon cover with glass centre, the Huayra Roadster also features a revised ESP system boasting five modes altering throttle response, the ride, gear changes and traction control. These include Wet, Comfort, Sport, Race and ESC Off.

Like the Coupe, the Roadster makes use of a Mercedes-AMG supplied 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12, but fettled to produce 562 kW instead of 537 kW, with torque remaining unchanged at 1 000 N.m. Connected to a seven-speed sequential gearbox developed by transmission specialists X-Trac, the Roadster will allegedly hit 100 km/h from standstill in around three seconds with top speed being unknown at present.

Although priced at €2 280 000 (R31 513 954), all 100 Huayra Roadsters set to be produced have already been sold.

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15.02.2017
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