Pagani has been hitting the news quite a bit, especially since they’ll be making their official debut in the US for the first time ever. However, as we’ve announced before, Pgani has been having trouble clearing some legalities up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite these setbacks, Pagani has officially confirmed that its latest and greatest supercar, the Zonda-replacing Huayra, will be making its way on US soil.
In a recent email interview, Pagani decided to clear up some loose ends in terms of its US launch, mostly pertaining to the controversy with the advanced air bag mandate that’s keeping the Pagani launching on time in the US.
“The fundamental motivation for our exemption request concerned having to prioritize our budget (we have to remember that this was happening at the start of a period of global economic uncertainty). And keep in mind, this exemption had already been given to companies such as Bugatti, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Koenigsegg and Spyker,” said Pagani in the email.
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According to Pagani, they submitted a request for the airbag exemption three years ago and didn’t receive an answer until the 29th of July this past year. And despite the troubling news for Pagani, they said that they were able to speed up development of their airbag system, which threatened to push Pagani’s US debut all the way back to 2015. But because they caught up real fast with the NHTSA denial, Pagani said that they are pretty much back on track to start US deliveries in early 2013, versus the late 2012 projected date prior to the denial.
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