Pagani Huayra Receives Odd Soft Top Now, Manual Trans Successor Coming in 2025

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
pagani huayra receives odd soft top now manual trans successor coming in 2025

Italian supercar builder Pagani recently announced a successor to the bonkers Huayra will arrive by 2025 with an manual transmission on offer. There will also be an all-electric hypercar accompanying it. But details are scarce and most people don’t seems to care about EVs unless they’re built in Fremont, California, so we’ll gloss over it for now.

The Huayra successor is said to persist with a twin-turbo engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG. But the unit itself will be entirely new. Company founder Horacio Pagani also said the model will come with a manual option to meet the massive demand from Pagani customers who like to row their own gears. But you’ll have to wait for years before you can bask in its glory — likely from afar, unless you’re incredibly wealthy. Luckily, the manufacturer has an ace up its sleeve to help stave off your hypercar hunger: a collapsible soft top for the roadster version of the Huayra!

“Creating the reserve soft top for the Huayra Roadster was a real technical challenge,” explained Horacio Pagani, chief designer at Pagani Automobili.”Our goal was to provide customers with a folding roof solution, one that takes up minimal space when stored in the car. The soft top was conceived as a lightweight, resistant tensostructure, in which every single element contributes to carrying out the overall function through tension.”

Alright, so that definitely isn’t as exciting as a new ultra-exotic road monster. The big news was clearly Papa Pagani telling elTres TV that there would be two new cars by 2025. But the origami-like soft top is somewhat interesting. If you’ve ever watched the hardtop being removed from the Huayra Roadster, it is not the most graceful of actions. It’s also best accomplished by two people working in tandem or one person who really likes swearing.

Most importantly, it can be folded to a point that makes in-car storage a genuine possibility. While the model already had a carbon and cloth roof that can be wadded up and placed in the car, Pagani says the new version allows fabric to fold into the structural frame — ensuring longevity and making it look less crummy when it’s placed back on the vehicle.

[Images: Pagani Automobili]

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  • IBx1 IBx1 on Mar 02, 2018

    MANUAL for the next Pagani! Hnnngh I can finally want a Pagani again.

  • OneAlpha OneAlpha on Mar 03, 2018

    Manual transmission and superb build quality & attention to detail. As a car of this sort should be.

  • Inside Looking Out In June 1973, Leonid Brezhnev arrived in Washington for his second summit meeting with President Richard Nixon. Knowing of the Soviet leader’s fondness for luxury automobiles, Nixon gave him a shiny Lincoln Continental. Brezhnev was delighted with the present and insisted on taking a spin around Camp David, speeding through turns while the president nervously asked him to slow down.
  • Bobby D'Oppo Great sound and smooth power delivery in a heavier RWD or AWD vehicle is a nice blend, but current V8 pickup trucks deliver an unsophisticated driving experience. I think a modern full-size pickup could be very well suited to a manual transmission.In reality, old school, revvy atmo engines pair best with manual transmissions because it's so rewarding to keep them in the power band on a winding road. Modern turbo engines have flattened the torque curve and often make changing gears feel more like a chore.
  • Chuck Norton For those worried about a complex power train-What vehicle doesn't have one? I drive a twin turbo F-150 (3.5) Talk about complexity.. It seems reliability based on the number of F-150s sold is a non-issue. As with many other makes/models. I mean how many operations are handle by micro today's vehicles?
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  • Kwik_Shift A nice stretch of fairly remote road that would be great for test driving a car's potential, rally style, is Flinton Road off of Highway 41 in Ontario. Twists/turns/dips/rises. Just hope a deer doesn't jump out at you. Also Highway 60 through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Great scenery with lots of hills.