Supercars are aspirations of the masses, but Paganis are aspirations of supercar owners. As Brett David, CEO of Miami’s Prestige Imports, told Maxim in 2019, “the experience of owning a Pagani is much greater and more unique than owning any other sports car created. To me, a Pagani is not just a vehicle, it’s a piece of performing art.” The new $7.4 million Huayra Codalunga (Italian for longtail) certainly fits the bill.
In just over three decades, Pagani has produced two instantly legendary models: the Zonda and the Huayra. Founder and former Lamborghini designer Horacio Pagani’s dedication to producing these lauded machines in extremely limited numbers while taking commissions of extravagant and exclusive one-offs affords each vehicle a distinct, work-of-art status.
The latest Huayra Codalunga was intended to be another singularly grand hypercar, but evolved into a few-off project that spawned five examples.
“We decided to use the simple linear style of the Huayra Coupé as the starting point,” Pagani said in a statement. “We made the Huayra Codalunga longer and smoother, as if it had been caressed and molded by the wind, to design lines that were even more elegant than the coupe. We drew inspiration from the long tails of the 1960s that raced at Le Mans, which had very clean lines.”
“The Huayra Codalunga comprises very few essential elements; we have taken away rather than added. Simplifying is not at all straightforward, and this vehicle is, above all, the result of a complex pursuit of simple ideas.”
The rear engine cover, which houses the AMG-sourced twin-turbo 6.0-liter rated at 840 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, has been lengthened by nearly 1.2 feet. The rear grille is also absent, allowing a lightweight titanium quad-exhaust coated in ceramic to shine.
As the teaser video heavily implies with a jazzy soundtrack, the aesthetic design is a throwback to 1960s automobilia, featuring a use of neutral colors and simple semi-matte paints. The exterior is complemented by an interior that’s instantly recognizable as Pagani, with seats finished in a woven leather/nubuck upholstery and aluminum components machined from a single block.
Of the five already sold-out Huayra Codalungas created, one of them is bound for the U.S., meaning you just might catch in the wild. Just don’t forget: Pics or it didn’t happen.