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Pagani’s latest Huayra variant has been teased - likely to be a BC Roadster
Pagani has been slowly refining the Huayra since its debut back in 2012, and now, seven years later, it’s on the cusp of revealing what will be a roadster version of the hardcore BC. The Huayra BC was named after Benny Caiola, personal friend of Pagani boss Horatio Pagani and the firm’s very first customer, and featured a new aero package and an uprated powertrain with 744bhp.
This incoming Roadster version, if it does in-fact use this nomenclature, will probably pick up those same basic elements, but being some three years after the initial BC’s launch, could feature further revisions, and an even bigger power figure.
The BC currently features a 6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine built by Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach. We suspect the 744bhp power figure might grow, as seemingly ‘normal’ sports GT models like the Aston Martin DBS Volante have been quickly closing the gap. Connected to the V12 engine is expected to be the same single-clutch semi-automatic transmission from X-Trac, making this one of the few models still on sale with this somewhat antiquated transmission type.
What hasn’t dated is the exquisite build quality from Pagani’s Modenese facility, which is famous for its highly-wrought carbonfibre work. The BC Roadster is expected to feature, at least as an option, a full carbonfibre body. The tub will be of Pagani’s carbo-titanium composite too, while the roof is likely to be made up of a removable carbonfibre panel, with a rising glass panel for the rear screen.
As with the Zonda that came before it, the Huayra seems to be following a path of gentle evolution from the pure execution of a core idea into highly personalised, and highly expensive, commissions. The car’s public debut expected at the Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance, says a lot about the buyers this new Pagani variant is aimed at.
Words by Jordan Katsianis