This is the Pagani Huayra, the successor to the Zonda, named after Aymara Huayra Tata, a South American Andean god of wind which supposedly commands the winds, hurricanes and blizzards. The design is easily identifiable as a Pagani, from the forward cab shape to the rear end which shows off its quad tailpipe design.

The Huayra’s monocoque is built of carbon-titanium, and to access the cockpit you lift up gill wing doors that take up quite a good portion of the roof. The whole vehicle weighs just 1,350kg dry, with the full exhaust system constructed with titanium weighing less than 10kg.

The 85 litre fuel tank is positioned in a protected reinforced area behind the “pilot”, and when you hear how much horsepower this baby makes you’ll understand why a total of 85 litres of fuel per tank is needed. Two microprocessor-controlled fuel pumps send fuel to the engine in precise amounts.

At the heart of the new Pagani Huayra is a Mercedes-Benz AMG 60 degree V12 with 5,930cc of displacement designated to M158, and thanks to two turbochargers it makes over 700 horsepower and torque of over 1,000Nm. That’s a huge torque upgrade over the Zonda R’s 710Nm, but that’s to be expected thanks to the forced induction.

Two radiators cool the motor down, and the turbos pump air through an intercooler mounted above the cylinder head. Pagani is especially proud of the fact that the cooling system can handle ambient temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celcius found in areas like Death Valley.

Power goes to the wheels via an Xtrac 7-speed sequential AMT gearbox weighing 96kg. Pagani says they experimented with a twin clutch system which is the trend nowadays but the idea was scrapped because the twin clutch system would lead to a weight gain of 70kg, negating the effects of the slightly faster shifts.

Look after the jump for a full hi-res gallery of the new Huayra.

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