How is this possible?
Six years after the launch of the coupe, this year's Geneva Motor Show will host the reveal of the much-anticipated Pagani Huayra Roadster, and there's plenty to be excited about. It's already tipped to be one of the fastest rear-wheel drive convertibles in the world based on the hardcore Huayra BC, and an advanced feat of engineering. Nothing prepared us for this revelation, though: somehow, the roadster will be even lighter than the original coupe.
Horacio Pagani shared the news on Instagram accompanied with another teaser image of the Huayra Roadster. "From the beginning we set ourselves some pretty ambitious targets," he said. "The first, from a technical point of view, was to make a roadster that would be lighter than the coupe, which was already the lightest hypercar on sale at the time." It's surprising because convertibles tend to be heavier than their coupe counterparts to account for the stronger chassis and removable or folding roof mechanisms. For comparison, the Huayra coupe weighs in at 2,970 pounds. How the wizards at Pagani have managed to make the Roadster lighter than this is beyond us.
The teaser gives us a first look at the rear of the Roadster, but it's difficult to make out the details since it's obscured in camouflage and darkness. You can, however, see the Roadster's redesigned rear deck, which appears to have two flying buttresses. It also appears to have a manually removable carbon fiber roof, as opposed to a fabric roof. The AMG-developed V12 inside the standard Huayra generates 720 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, while its hardcore BC sibling adds an extra 51 horses to produce a total of 789 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. Whether the Roadster can match that output remains to be seen, but expect more to be revealed in the coming weeks in the run up to Geneva in March.