February 18, 2011
Named after the Andean God of the Wind, the Pagani Huayra has Zonda-sized shoes to fill, but its 6-liter, twin-turbo V12 sourced from AMG answers that call with a mighty wallop, and in 2011, the only place you'll be able to drive one is in SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED.
That V12 pumps out more than 700 horsepower and burns from 0-60 in a mere 3.5 seconds, and its carbon-titanium monocoque chassis, which makes heavy use of composite materials to reduce weight, will make you feel like you're hanging out with Huayra-tata himself when you stomp the accelerator.
Huayra is unique from many modern supercars because it eschews the popular dual-clutch gearbox setup, opting for the lighter seven-speed sequential manual stick mated to a dual-disc clutch, which Pagani says saves the car more than 150 pounds.
Huayra uses elements not seen in its predecessor, including active aerodynamics, which allow it to automatically change the height of its front end from the ground, as well as independently using four flaps placed at the front and rear of the car. The side air intakes behind the front wheels also generate enough negative pressure to give the car significant downforce.
The only way to truly find out how Huayra compares to Zonda is to take both for a spin, but unless you've got around $4 million burning a hole in your pocket to procure those cars, your best bet is in the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED racing game, which hits shelves on March 29 in North America, and April 1 in Europe.
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