The bare carbo-titanium with gold and white stripes Huayra R is not only the prototype, but the only R in existence, though 30 customer examples will soon join it. All 30 of the $3,500,000 Huayra Rs are sold, with 14 coming to the U.S. Want one? The waiting list is already 24 deep, so you can’t have one. Two future owners on the Raduno that plunked down hefty deposits for the track-only macchina—as Pagani calls his latest creation—received hot laps with hot shoe Jamie Morrow.
Specifically, the Huayra R shares just three things with the “regular” Huayra: the side mirrors.
The Pagani-stamped titanium bolts, and the name. That’s it. The Zonda R’s engine was an evolution of AMG’s 6.0-liter V-12 found in the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, as Pagani has a long history with AMG engines dating back to the founder’s friendship with fellow Argentine, Mercedes ambassador, and racing legend Juan Manual Fangio. However, the Huayra R’s naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12 is a clean sheet, or carta bianca, design, built by Germany’s HWA, builder of Mercedes DTM race cars.
The shape is outlandish. The 2022 Pagani Huayra R is made mostly from Pagani’s proprietary Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 (the “HP” stands for Horacio Pagani). Carbo-Titanium is used in places like the passenger cell where energy absorption is key, whereas Carbo-Triax is used where stiffness is paramount (the drivetrain is mounted to Carbo-Triax). The bodywork is vented everywhere, with scoops, scallops, and slashes wherever your eyes fall. The dual, deep aero channels that begin just aft of the A-pillars and run flat down the top of the body, all the way down to moveable wings flanking the signature encircled quad exhaust pipes, are particularly intriguing. Sorry, I should say the first set of moveable wings, as a second pair made from aluminum are mounted atop the massive, fixed carbon-fiber rear wing.