Homage to sixties' coachbuilding is limited to five units – and every single one is spoken for…
By Matt Bird / Friday, 17 June 2022 / Loading comments
It’s now 10 years since the first lucky folk got behind the wheel of the Pagani Huayra. Quite some journey it’s been since then, with Roadsters, BC, Tricolores, Imolas and more following the first hundred cars. There are still Rs in build, too, with that sensational new V12. But this might be the most dramatic Huayra yet, and that’s saying something – welcome to the Codalunga.
Created by Pagani’s new ‘Grandi Complicazioni’ division (presumably as the old Special Projects didn’t conjure up sufficient romance), the Huayra Codalunga is described as a “tribute to the timeless shapes of the coachbuilders and racecars of the 60s, presenting clean lines and sinuous, elegant shapes.”
Horacio Pagani himself goes one step further: “We made the Huayra Codalunga longer and smoother, as if it had been caressed and moulded by the wind… 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.” Exactly what we’d have said, too. It’s not all nice words and ideas, either; even a bigger Huayra (with a huge 3.7-metre squared engine cover) weighs just 1,280kg.
The Codalunga idea actually came from a pair of Pagani customers, the two clients having approached Horacio back in 2018 with idea of a more elegant, streamlined hypercar that would be as at home on the road as concours events. To that end the new Huayra complies with global homologation requirements for road use, including for one customer aiming to use it in the USA. Which isn’t the work of a moment, not least when two years was spent getting the design just right.
Moreover, this being a Pagani, there’s plenty more to be excited by under the dramatic new composite skin. The Codalunga is powered by the now-familiar turbo Pagani V12; however rather than make do with the 730hp of a regular Huayra, this car has the 840hp/811lb ft version of the 6.0-litre seen in the Tricolore. It gets better, too; the V12’s super light (4.4kg) titanium exhaust is on clearer view thanks to the Codalunga’s new grille-less rear end, ceramic coating and all. Pagani says the coating is a very deliberate homage to those old 60s’ racers, with a “symphony” coming from them that’s a “tribute to automotive passion.”
All sounds pretty fabulous, right? As the Codalunga well might, given it’s costing each of those five special Pagani customers €7m. But then very limited run hypercars never did come cheap. Furthermore, given the established and continued appetite from Pagani clients for these low volume builds as well as the demise of the combustion engine on the horizon, don’t be surprised if more follow ahead of 2030. It’s very hard to imagine the demand going anywhere at all if more cars as extraordinary as the Codalunga are possible.
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