Watch the new Pagani Huayra Dragon as it performs laps around the Franciacorta circuit.
We first heard about Pagani’s latest creation last January with rumors of an even more track-focused Huayra to sit above the already track-focused Huayra BC. We didn’t know much else beyond the fact it would likely still have the same powerplant as the BC, which is a 6.0-L twin-turbo V12 sourced from Mercedes-AMG and producing 745 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. It would also retain the 7-speed sequential manual transmission instead of a dual-clutch setup to keep weight down.
But that was about it. Well, other than the absolutely ludicrous rear diffuser. And the roof-mounted air scoop, and the large stabilizer fin that runs down the body. Oh, and the larger air intakes at the front.
Now we have a bit more information thanks to 19Bozzy92 on YouTube. A test mule was spotted running around the Franciacorta test track in Italy, and cameras captured the new Pagani performing laps in the flesh.
The car itself is extremely composed, barring the occasional twitch in the corners. It is a test mule, and the likely the driver is still getting acquainted with what the car can do. Beyond the occasional tire squeal in the corners, the Huayra Dragon is a very dignified and composed vehicle, although it’s likely not being driven anywhere near the edge of its performance envelope.
We can certainly hear the big V12 in action though. At times, it even sounds like a jet turbine spooling down.
According to the video description, the Huayra Dragon was initially supposed to be a one-off order for tuning house TopCar Design, but then Pagani decided to make it a limited run of 5 vehicles. The name is also not set in stone and might change before Pagani takes the cover off.
We think Dragon suits it, though.