Feature Flick: Pagani Huayra Tested

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To compete with a new breed of hyper cars, the Pagani Huayra replaces the Zonda S supercar in the Italian automaker's lineup. In this video, Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman drives the Huayra in Modena, Italy to see if the hype around the Huayra is deserved.

The hand-built Huayra is made with exotic materials such carbon fiber infused with titanium, machined-turned aluminum, and high-quality leather. After touring the factory, Lieberman takes to the back roads to experience the Huayra. Pagani worked with the aviation industry to develop the Huayra's active aerodynamics with four wings and hydraulic front end. The Huayra is powered by a hand-built AMG twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 with 730 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an automated seven-speed single-clutch transmission.

Pagani claims the Huayra will reach 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while Lieberman estimates a quarter-mile time in the low 11-second range. Top speed is claimed to be 230 mph. On the road, Lieberman says the Huayra is as happy turning left and right as it is going straight thanks to its active aerodynamics.

As impressive as the Huayra is, Lieberman finds a few quibbles with the car. Check out the video below to find out Lieberman's final thoughts on the latest from Pagani.

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