Pagani Huayra R Teased With New Naturally Aspirated Engine

It’s amazing how quickly time flies considering the unveiling of the Pagani Huayra almost 10 years ago. It debuted in January 2011 and spawned countless versions in the same vein as its immortal predecessor Zonda. A new one is on the horizon, and it could be the fiercest of all. Following in the footsteps of the Zonda R launched in 2007, the Huayra R will be launched on November 12.

The official announcement was made by the man himself – Horacio Pagani. Lamborghini’s former chief engineer made the important disclosure in a video about the 2020 Autostyle Design Competition, an invitation-only online event reserved primarily for car designers. It started on September 24 and will continue in the coming weeks with various workshops. It will be Pagani’s turn on November 12, when the company’s boss and founder reveals “the genesis of Huayra R.”

When the wraps come off, the spicy flavor of the Italian hypercar will feature a newly developed naturally aspirated engine, designed specifically for the Huayra R. is still tied to Mercedes and AMG.

As you all know, Pagani uses engines supplied by Affalterbach, the twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 pushing 827 horsepower and 811 pound-feet (1,100 Newton-meters) of torque in the Huayra Imola. With no forced induction in play, we wouldn’t expect the R version to produce as much power, but upgrades in other areas could make up for the power gap. Then again, Lamborghini squeezed 830bhp out of its V12, so anything is possible, especially if the Huayra R doesn’t have to comply with road car emissions regulations.

If it’ll be anything like the Zonda R, its spiritual successor will be a track machine stripped of the essentials. The former had a dry weight of just 1,070 kilograms (2,359 pounds) and broke the Nurburgring in just 6 minutes and 47 seconds. About 13 years of progress will likely cut the lap time by more than a few seconds, especially if the Huayra R is also limited to the track.

If so, the latest Pagani will do battle with the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12, another naturally aspirated hypercar that you can’t legally drive on public roads. Other relevant examples include the Aston Martin Vulcan and the McLaren P1 GTR, although both have been converted for street use by trained engineers.

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