It’s been 10 years since the Pagani Huayra, the Italian supercar brand’s second model, made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Hard to believe, given that the Huayra is still going strong with a handful of new variants released over the last few years. This is the latest, and it’s the most extreme one yet—the Huayra R. Like its Zonda R predecessor, this is a track-only machine with a naturally aspirated V-12.
Yes, you read that right. Pagani is ditching the Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 used in other Huayra models for a new naturally aspirated unit made by German racing firm HWA. Founded by the A in AMG, Hans Werner Aufrecht, and located just down the road in Affalterbach, Germany, HWA builds race cars and other components for Mercedes-Benz. Apparently , Pagani asked its clients whether they’d want a twin-turbo or a naturally aspirated mill, and the latter was the overwhelming favorite. There’s been no sacrifice in power with ditching turbos, either. The engine, dubbed the Pagani V12-R, displaces 6.0 liters and offers up 850 hp at 8250 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque between 5500 and 8300 rpm. Redline is set at 9000 rpm. Pagani says the engine weighs 436 pounds and is bolted directly to the carbon-fiber monocoque. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.