Leonardo da Vinci pursued perfection in form and function at every stage of the process. Such is the philosophy behind Horacio Pagani’s latest creation: the Huayra Roadster.

The Pagani Huayra Coupe marked a new era of hypercars when first presented to the public in Geneva in 2011. It was the lightest coupe on the market. Six years later, Pagani surprised the world again with an extreme topless variation. The Huayra Roadster has a dry weight of just 1,280 kg (2,821 pounds), 80kg lighter than the coupe version, an impressive feat in itself.

It is under the bonnet where we find the Huayra’s savage heart: a 6 liter, twelve-cylinder engine, built specifically for Pagani by Mercedes-AMG. It is a beautiful piece of work, gorgeous to look at, and it offers extreme performance. It is said to achieve a lateral force of 1.8 G, the highest lateral acceleration ever seen on a car with road tires.

From the exterior, the blue carbon fiber finished with some painted blue accents looks subtle and elegant for a car as extreme as the Huayra. Unlike most modern supercars, the Huayra Roadster is almost entirely exposed, with nearly every mechanical part visible, every last piece proud to be revealed. Even the smallest screw is designed to be both beautiful and functional. The front is now more aggressive and pronounced and the rear maintains its signature pure titanium.

Pagani is all about a celebration of craftsmanship and detail; they did not forget about the interior. It feels and looks as it should in one of the most sophisticated hypercars ever. Carbon, polished metal and leather meet in one great writhing lump of loveliness. The cream light tan interior is the perfect color combination to the blue exterior. In addition, each car is slightly different from the, since the particular manufacturing process creates a high sense of collaboration between the customer and the brand.

The Huayra Roadster is an aesthetic statement mixed with an unforgettable driving experience. A car destined to set the gold standard in exclusivity and performance and as such worthy of being exhibited in an art gallery. But even if you were fortunate enough to be able to afford such a beauty, the bad news is that production is limited to 100 vehicles, all of which are already spoken for.

Engine: 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 by Mercedes-Benz AMG
764 HP at 5500 rev/min
0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds
7-speed gearbox
Extreme performance: it achieves a lateral force of 1.8 G
Base price: €2.3M ($2,8M) + VAT


Written by Javier De la Rosa, Founder & CEO of Barcelona Classic Cars 

Photography courtesy of Pagani Automobili