Speed's Next Level! Pagani Huayra Roadster

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Pagani has unveiled a new Roadster version of the Huayra supercar and the beast is so sexy.

Each of the 100 production cars has already been allocated to a customer for $2.89 million a pop.

Pagani did a mighty fine job in giving the vicious-looking Huayra a softer touch by removing its top and toning down on the creases. The vehicle loses the top and packs a Mercedes 6.0L V12 Twin Turbo engine under the hood. All the panels have been now moulded in carbon fibre and this means a substantial reduction in weight. Every element was redesigned to optimize aerodynamics, including a new front end with a fresh intake and splitter setup, a different rear diffuser, wider wheel arches, and, of course, a new door and roof layout. The first is a boatload of money of course. There are no official acceleration figures yet, but Pagani promises the Huayra Roadster can corner at 1.8G, which it claims is the highest lateral acceleration of any auto equipped with road tires. The company says it is more advanced than materials used for Formula 1 cars and allowed for a 52-percent increase in stiffness.

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Every hypercar from this boutique company would be equally at home on display at MoMA as it would lapping Monza, but for his latest creation company founder and chief designer Horacio Pagani may well have set a new benchmark for a auto that's equal parts art and racing science.

Unlike most of the other sportscar that puts on weight when it turns from coupe to roadster, the Huayra Roadster's dry weight is 1,280kg, about 80kg less than the Huayra Coupe, thanks to a new carbon fibre-titanium hybrid material, the company calls Carbo-Triax HP52. Pagani hasn't announced top speed or 0-60 time just yet. Buyers have two different roofs to choose from; one is made from carbon fiber with a glass window and the other is fabric, which can be stored in the auto. The twelve-cylinder engine, built specifically for Pagani by Mercedes-AMG delivers 763bhp of power at 6,200rpm and a torque of over 1000Nm right from 2,400rpm. The power runs at 764 horsepower with a seven-speed sequential gearbox at the rear wheels. There's also an electronically controlled limited-slip differential which was co-developed with Bosch. Visually, the BC will sport heaps of new aerodynamic kit over the standard model - the huge rear wing on show in the teaser shot will be joined by similarly serious appendages at the front, as well as more cooling vents.

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