Why, you may well ask, is the new Pagani Huayra’s V12 engine turbocharged, given that the Zonda it replaces had a whopping 7.3-litre V12 that was as atmospheric in its breathing as a Brian Eno concert, played in the moonlit halls of Valhalla and beamed back to us mere mortals via an ethereal ISDN link? And why doesn’t it produce even more power than it does (720bhp), considering it’s a 6.0-litre Mercedes V12 to which not one but two Hitachi turbochargers have been attached?
“Because when we went to Mercedes in 2005,” explains Horacio Pagani, “they said the engine would need to be turbocharged if it was to last for the car’s full 10-year life cycle.”
“Initially they suggested a V8 turbo, but I knew our customers wouldn’t want that, so we ended up with a twin-turbo V12. And I’m very happy indeed with the result. The power is excellent,” he says, grinning. “But the torque is incredible. And the best thing is the way it sounds. You wait, you’ll see. And you will not believe it when you hear it.”