Huayra loses it’s roof. Dramatic new roadster unleashed

Huayra Roadster, a car that slipped under the radar during the Geneva Motorshow.

With the Seaol Motor show already upon us, lets throwback to a car not many spoke about, but is as sensational as it’s paint job, the Pagani Huayra Roadster.

Pagani is known for creating masterpieces of automotive perfection, and the latest marvel is no different. Meet the Huayra Roadster, a drop-top derivative of the Huayra Coupe.

Even to the untrained eye, the Roadster is noticeably angrier than the Coupe. A new grille design befits the fron, while wider front and rear wheel arches reiterate its exotic status. The specialized aerodynamic “flick” at the rear is more obvious, while a carbon-fibre roll hoops funnel into a V-shaped clamshell lid with unique slashes and a tiny window placing the car’s powertrain on show just behind the cabin.

The Roadster also has an impressive roof-retracting time of 0-seconds flat. That’s because you have to remove the roof yourself, and to make that process a bit more entertaining you get not one, but two different removable roofs. The carbon-fibre hard-top with a central glass element gives the Roadster a coupe look, but a fabric and carbon cover is also available for a more traditional soft-top look.

Unlike most convertibles, the Huayra Roadster weighs less than its Coupe equivalent. Tipping the scales at a mere 1,280kg, its 80kg weight reduction can be attributed to the extensive use of use of Carbo-Triax HP52, a space-age carbon-titanium composite, which not only reduces weight, but also increases overall rigidity by up to 52%. The active aerodynamic flaps – two at the front and two at the rear – work in harmony with the flat underbelly to create a new level of aerodynamic supremacy, making the Roadster an absolute monster on the track.

Lurking beneath the darkness of the rear-clamshell is a potent AMG-developed V12 engine, accompanied by two turbochargers. This set-up may sound familiar, because it’s the same setup found on the Pagani Huayra BC, a more powerful, special-edition of the Huayra Coupe.

The numbers are as dramatic as the styling, with maximum power and torque figures of 562kW and 1000Nm respectively. The 7-speed sequential gearbox (also from the Huayra BC) ensures that the rear wheels enjoy a full-serving of all this power, resulting in 0-100km/h in less than 3 seconds.

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