If you are a dedicated car nut then the mere mention of a Pagani will get your heart pounding. Living in a class of its own with the Bugatti’s and Lamborghini’s, these cars are called “hypercars” for reasons so obvious we need not expound.
Suffice it to say that these hypercars represent the ultimate in automotive technology, a notch above supercars in terms of performance, technology, design, luxury, exclusivity, and rarity. Prices for hypercars run to the millions of dollars and they exist only in the exclusive world of the rich and famous. Mortals seldom see these cars except in movies or scale models that are also as pricey. Locally, hypercars in the market are the Bugatti Chiron, Lamborghini Centenario and the Porsche 918.
But a Pagani is a brand all on its own. Pagani’s are “hypercar only” models exclusively. They do not make anything outside of the class. It is not so popular in the country and there seems to be no unit here at all.
Founded in 1992 by Argentinian Horacio Pagani, the company is based in the Motor Valley, just outside of Modena, Italy, and is manned by just 130 employees.
The Pagani Zonda was first introduced at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Although it does not share the names of its customers, it is well-known that Lewis Hamilton owns a purple 2012 Pagani Zonda.
The Pagani Huayra, which was featured in the 2013 Transformers 4 movie, retails for US$2.5-million. It has a top speed of 378kph, and 0-100kph acceleration time is 3.2-seconds. Only about 40 units are built each year.
How do you recognize a Pagani? Its most distinctive feature is the 4-tube exhaust—the Quattro Scarichi, in Italian—coming together in a circle.
So, again, there are currently no Pagani hypercars in the Philippines, but that may change very soon!
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