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Pagani Supercar Delayed But Still Coming to U.S.

Maker denied waiver for outdated airbag technology.

by on Aug.25, 2011

The Huayra may be delayed, but it will finally reach the U.S. market by mid-2013.

Denied a waiver to use outdated airbag technology the Pagani Huayra supercar won’t make it to the U.S. this year – but it will reach the States, and with the latest safety technology, by 2013 says the company’s founder and chief executive.

Expected to cost somewhere around $1.3 million, the Huayra – pronounced WHY-rah – is one in an assortment of new supercars vying for the attention of the wealthiest of global gearheads.  Using an engine specially produced for it by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, it is already generating a serious buzz in markets ranging from Berlin to Beijing.

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But plans to bring the high-performance model to the States this year fell through when federal regulators declined to provide a waiver that would allow the Huayra to be sold here using an older-style, single-stage airbag system.  Current U.S. law requires “smart” two-stage airbags designed to adjust their response to the severity of a collision to reduce inadvertent injuries.

The government’s decision, which followed a three-year wait, led to reports that the Pagani supercar would not be sold in the U.S., but while, “the reality is we won’t be able to deliver the car any sooner to the U.S.,” said CEO Horacio Pagani, “it will be a very, very small delay, very minimal.”


First Look: Pagani Huayra

Supercar will hit 60 faster than you can pronounce its name.

by on Feb.16, 2011

Italian supercar maker Pagani is finally set for a U.S. debut with the upcoming launch of the Huayra.

Who says it’s the year of the electric vehicle?  That was so, well, January.  Anyone who attended the recent Chicago Auto Show knows the spotlight has shifted to performance, with the Windy City preview of the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Camaro ZL1.

For someone with the money and desire to have something more exclusive – and quicker yet – Pagani is ready to step in.  And, yes, for those who’ve been following the Italian supercar company, founded in 1992 by former Lamborghini executive Horacio Pagani, the Modena-based maker is finally ready to launch itself into the U.S.

Though you’ll find a few of the old Zondas in the States, they were never formally distributed here, but Pagani plans to set up a formal dealer network now – though we’ll have to wait for specific details.  The good news is that the company’s latest engineering marvel, the Huayra, will arrive sometime this year.