Pagani Huayra Roadster: Open source

Usually, convertibles aren’t just heavier, they’re also slower than their fixed-roof counterparts. Pagani smashes that trend
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February 25, 2017
The fascia of the Roadster is more similar to the Huayra BC rather than the standard supercar
The fascia of the Roadster is more similar to the Huayra BC rather than the standard supercar(1/2)
It can be had with a choice of two different roofs — one made out of carbon fibre, the other from fabric
It can be had with a choice of two different roofs — one made out of carbon fibre, the other from fabric(2/2)

It’s finally been revealed, quite a bit later than expected (it was supposed to make its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August last year but didn’t show up…) now we’re seeing it in all its glory (following a bunch of teaser images) ahead of its official debut at the Geneva motor show next month. And we have to admit that the Huayra Roadster looks very tasty indeed.

Pagani’s convertible gets a new grille design and wider wheel arches with a set of new wheels and sculpted vents on the engine cover, which makes it look far more aggressive than the hard-top. The hypercar is powered by an AMG-developed 6.0-litre V12 with not one but two turbochargers and mated to a seven-speed single-clutch paddleshift gearbox. It makes a whopping 753bhp (33 more than the coupé) and over 1,000Nm of torque, while stopping power comes from huge 380mm carbon ceramic Brembos front and back. The Italian only weighs 1,280kg (it’s 80kg lighter than the fixed-top) and much of that is down to the use of newly developed carbon-titanium composite called Carbo-Triax HP52, which also makes the Roadster 52 per cent stiffer.

As for the interior, it’s smothered with beige leather and blue stitching, not to mention lots of carbon fibre trim. The exposed aluminium gear lever is a nice touch.

It costs around Dh10 million and all 100 units have already been spoken for. Want to see some more pricey, low-volume speed demons? Check out our list below...

 

Rivals

Bugatti Veyron Vitesse

8.0-litre W16, 1,183bhp. Dh8.5mil

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

6.3-litre V12, 950bhp. Dh9.0mil

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

6.5 litre V12, 750bhp. Dh16.5mil