The One Million Dollar Car: Pagani Huayra

Well, I suppose if one was a movie star earning $15-20 million for a movie that takes 30 days to film, I may not think twice about the Pagani Huayra, a car selling for $1.2 million. Still, I think I would have a problem.

From Italy, comes the Pagani Huayra (pronounced, WHY-ra). Made in Modena, this car is a supercar, rare, and designed by Mr. Pagani, a 56 yr. old, who has no education in aerodynamics, engineering, and is computer not-savvy. The car is very limited production, very limited. The gull-wing car is stunning with an engine in the mid section armed with twin turbos, 48 valves, 6L V12 with variable cam, 7-spd stick. It also has two seats.

The car is really more like a rocket with 700 hp. It weighs only 3100 lbs, about what a VW Jetta does. If you need speed, you have it. How about 0-60 mph in 3 seconds! Not fast enough? Okay, how about 0-186 mph in 18 sec.? With a top speed of 225 mph, it would be hard to keep the car on the road but the car has computer controlled ailerons that moves the car's center of gravity to compensate for pitch, roll etc. What it does is keep the wheels locked on the road like a slot car no matter how fast you go or when take 1.5 g turns.

The car is very international. It has a German engine, a British gearbox. The chassis is carbon as is the body. It looks stunning. As for MPG ratings, 10 in the city\14 on the highway, basically like a 1960's muscle car that REALLY has muscle.

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