For the first time ever, Pagani Automobili SpA will be officially selling a model here in the US of A. However, there happen to be some bumps in the road for the Huayra’s journey here to the United States. Just recently, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration denied Pagani an exemption from mandated advanced air bags.
Supposedly, all cars sold in the US have to have special advanced air bags that use sensors to adjust the air bag’s deployment force depending on the occupants’ height and weight. Tesla Motors and Lamborghini along with Pagani have repeatedly been exceptions in the past five years.
“Although Pagani has realized profits in recent years, the company asserted that immediate compliance with the advanced air-bag requirements will cause substantial economic hardship,” said the NHTSA in a statement. “Pagani stated that the company only operates on the cash on hand without lines of credit or debt financing, and its small profit margin is necessary to guard it from market fluctuations.”
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Refresher: The Pagani Huayra is powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.0L twin-turbo V12 engine making 700-hp with a maximum torque of 740 lb-ft. Mated to a 7-speed sequential cross transmission with AMT robotic system driving programs, the 2,970 pound Huayra is capable of hitting a top speed of 230 mph. Prices start at $1.35 million.
– By: Chris Chin