New cars 2011: March's hottest motors

Pagani's Huyara gives the Bugatti a run for its money

 

Until now, the Bugatti Veyron was the undisputed King of the Supercars, matching fighter-jet performance with a million-dollar price tag. It seemed we’d never see its like again in this age of austerity, but fortunately Horacio Pagani didn’t get the memo that the world was skint and 200+ mph cars are unusable on modern roads.

Hence, he’s unleashing the Huayra (“whyara”). It’ll cost over £1 million and combines Swiss-watch engineering, pioneering new materials and jaw-dropping styling. Under its hood is a monstrous powerplant developed by Mercedes’ AMG division, pushing it to over 235mph. Outside, there’s an ultra high-tech chassis constructed from a carbon-titanium hybrid material, sitting on top of forged aluminium alloy suspension components. Bugatti should be worried.

Price: £1,000,000+

www.paganiaautomobili.it

 

Pagani Huayra details:

1/ Bodywork

The gull-wing doors are awesome. Four aircraftstyle flaps at the front and rear open and close to improve handling

2/ Engine

This packs six litres, twin turbos and 12 cylinders, nailing 700bhp to the road with a seven-speed, automated manual gearbox

3/ Interior

Polished aluminium and exposed carbon fibre combine with Swiss dial faces and a herd’s-worth of leather. The central console has a multifunction display featuring audio controls, satnav and Bluetooth hands-free

This month's killer cars

1/ Renault Wind Gordini

The Wind roadster has a clever up-and-over, flip-top roof, Malta blue paintwork and 17-inch alloy wheels

Price: £17,500

www.renault.co.uk I Renault Wind Gordini picture

2/ Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Now with up to 480bhp and a twin-clutch gearbox providing 100ms shifts

Price: £55,000

www.mercedes-benz.co.uk I Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG picture

3/ Aston Martin Vantage S

The sportiest V8 Vantage yet has a 4.7-litre, 430bhp V8 and bigger brakes

Price: £TBC

www.astonmartin.co.uk I Aston Martin Vantage S picture

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