Does The Pagani Huayra BC Live Up To The Legendary Zonda?


The Zonda was and still is perfect. Perfection is hard to beat.

The Pagani Zonda was and still is a legend. It literally came out of nowhere when it first launched way back in 1999. The Zonda remains formidable, even when compared to its supposed successor, the Huayra. Speaking of which, when the Huayra debuted in 2012 it somewhat lacked some of the Zonda’s character. Was it because it lacked a naturally aspirated V12? It’s not like its twin-turbo V12, also built exclusively for Pagani by AMG, was a dud. Quite the opposite.

Thing is, the Zonda was everything a hypercar needed to be and so much more whereas the Huayra didn’t break as much new ground. Horacio Pagani’s first creation still overshadowed his second. Jump ahead to 2016 and the Huayra BC arrives.

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Named after Horacio Pagani’s first customer, Benny Caiola, the Huayra BC is probably what the "standard" Huayra should have been all along. As the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 was upgraded to 740 hp and 810 lb-ft of torque, dry weight was reduced to only 2,685 pounds, courtesy of a new type of carbon fiber featuring a titanium weave. Along with a lighter exhaust system made from titanium, new alloy wheels and a stripped down interior, the Huayra BC may just be the only car in the world that can overshadow the Zonda. Or can it? Could Pagani have done more, or is the Zonda the one and only king? Join Motor Trend’s Jethro Bovingdon on a little tour of the Italian countryside while at the helm of a Pagani Huayra BC to find out.