Pagani Huayra Roadster - Images from the Geneva motor show

The drop-top hypercar makes its debut at the glitzy Swiss show

Six years after launching the Huayra hypercar, Pagani launched its new Huayra Roadster at the Geneva Motor Show. It launches with a substantial set of upgrades over the hardtop coupe model just as Horacio Pagani himself promised in a series of tantalising Tweets - including a more powerful V12 engine, wilder styling, and a revised gearbox.

Pagani hasn’t simply removed the roof from the Huayra to create the Roadster, instead upgrading almost every element of its AMG-engined hypercar, as well as opening up the interior to the elements.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

> Read our review of the Pagani Huayra BC here

Perhaps most surprisingly, the Roadster actually represents an 80kg weight saving over the coupe, achieved through the refinement of its Carbo-Titanium tub and a significant 25% weight reduction in the glorious forged suspension. As such the new Roadster should outperform its hardtop sibling whilst dramatically improving on its posing ability.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Featuring an uprated version of the Mercedes-AMG sourced M158 V12 bi-turbo engine, the Huayra Roadster produces 753bhp and ‘over’ 738lb ft of torque, with the turbos re-engineered to provide more immediate throttle response while dry sump lubrication should keep the motor responsive even under extreme lateral loads.

Pagani has paired their upgraded engine to a new X-Trac developed 7-speed automated manual gearbox, improving refinement and response, while still undercutting an equivalent dual clutch gearbox in weight by as much as forty percent. Pagani says that this is the ideal solution for the Roadster, especially as it was the will of Mr Pagani himself for the Roadster to undercut the coupe’s kerb weight.

Featuring two different roof systems, the carbonfibre and glass hardtop is supplemented by a folding fabric soft roof, which can be stored in the car to ensure a passing rainstorm doesn’t soil the glorious interior. Speaking of which, Pagani has largely left the interior intact, although a notable change is the inclusion of a red starter button in place of the previous Huayra shaped keyhole, which incidentally made it look like a tiny Pagani had crashed into your dashboard.

The Pagani Huayra Roadster is priced from €2.28 million (or around £2m), but even if you have a spare few million lying around you are too late as all 100 Roadsters have already been sold. Customer deliveries are expected to kick off later this year.

Huayra Roadster revealed digitally, too

Alongside the model on display in Geneva, the Huayra roadster has been launched online as an interactive 3D model. ZeroLight, who specialise in recreating cars in digital models, has created a platform that reveals a highly detailed digital version of the Roadster.

The microsite where the digital car has been revealed doesn't just allow people to see the Pagani in detail, but potential customers and fans will be able to configure the car immediately. There's a choice of exterior and interior colours as well as different trim options and wheels. Once you’ve selected your perfect Huayra Roadster you’ll then be able to download and share videos and stills of your creation.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The site will only be available for a limited time, and will only be live for the time the Roadster will be on display at Geneva. But with the show open for over a week that should give you long enough to decide on your favourite colour combination, unless you’re particularly indecisive. You can see the digital reveal here:



McLaren 720S

McLaren 720S Le Mans Special Edition revealed

17 Jun 2020
Audi R8 coupe

Audi R8 review

22 May 2020

Hennessey Chevrolet Corvette hits 205mph

20 May 2020
Nissan GT-R coupe

Production-spec Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign revealed

20 May 2020

Most Popular


New 2020 BMW M4 throws off more disguise ahead of reveal

BMW’s next M4 coupe promises much, but will it deliver? Here’s everything we know so far
7 Aug 2020

New Bugatti Divo deliveries begin - £4.4m hypercar hits the road

The very first examples of Bugatti’s Divo hypercar have rolled out of its Molsheim HQ gates
7 Aug 2020

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S: order books open for 674bhp three-seater

Announced in 2017, the road-legal Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S is now set to enter production later this year
6 Aug 2020
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £20,000 – evo garage

The evo team pick their favourite used performance cars
4 Aug 2020