The Huayra Codalunga is a bespoke Longtail limited to just five units.
Boutique supercar maker Pagani has lifted the lid on its latest creation, the Huayra Codalunga. The beguiling longtail is the brainchild of very special customers and Pagani Grandi Complicazioni, an atelier service that caters to the whims of demanding clients.
Described as a "tailor-made suit" by Horacio Pagani, production of the elegant hypercar is limited to just five units, all of which have been sold - at an eye-watering €7 million (approx. $7.36 million) a piece. The idea of a Huayra longtail stretches back to 2018 when two Pagani collectors approached the Italian brand with the idea.
"Each project is the result of a long and precise path of accompanying the customer to interpret his tastes and desires, with the ambition and collective effort to create his work of art in the sign of Pagani excellence," says Lorenzo Kerkoc, Head of Pagani Grandi Complicazioni.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the Codalunga is its exterior. It's equal parts dramatic and elegant, taking inspiration from 1960s aviation and motorsport design. The foundations of the Huayra Coupe remain, but Pagani put a lot of work into the Codalunga to differentiate it from other models, such as the Huayra R.
There's a clear resemblance to the elegant Le Mans racers of the '60s. "We have made it longer and sanded, almost caressed and eroded by the wind, to make it even more elegant. The Huayra Codalunga is composed of a few essential elements, we have removed rather than added," remarked founder Horacio Pagani.
Round back, you'll note the absence of rear grilles. This was done on purpose - the quad-exit exhausts are a thing of beauty and deserve to be showcased. They weigh just 9.7 lbs and wear a special ceramic coating that lends the Codalunga a soulful, distinctive bark. "The symphony that emanates from the four characteristic tailpipes is a tribute to motoring passion."
Pagani took a unique approach with the Codalunga. By "removing rather than adding," the longtail tips the scales at around 2,821 lbs - lighter than many modern-day sports cars. The unique styling also gives the new Pagani a wind-cheating shape, partly helped by the latest generation of active aerodynamics.
The mid-mounted 6.0-liter V12 engine utilizes a twin-turbo setup to produce a whopping 840 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. Even though just five examples have been made, Pagani went to great lengths to ensure the Codalunga complies with global regulations, allowing owners to drive them anywhere.
Getting back to design for a moment, the Modena-based automaker has offered the Codalunga with colors and materials that are "reminiscent of the cars of the sixties."
Inside, you'll find aged leather paired with intertwining hide and suede, heightening the already high levels of craftsmanship. With regards to the exterior, there's a keen focus on neutral color scales and semi-opaque paints "to recall the shades of the past."
As an ode to the coachbuilding craft, Pagani notes the leather/nubuck seats and the intricately designed metal items in the cabin are put together by hand. What's more, craftspeople even polish every component by hand, too. Just one example of the Codalunga is making its way over to the States. There's no word yet as to who will be taking delivery of the special creation, but we can't wait to see which specification was chosen for the only US-bound example.
We've still got plenty to look forward to in terms of new Pagani models. The Huayra, first seen in 2011, is getting on in years and will need to be replaced soon. The company is working on a replacement model, which will be officially revealed in September. We don't expect the successor to stray too far from Pagani's styling formula or replace the trusted, AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V12. We just hope it's as beautiful as the Codalunga.