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Pagani Huayra Epitome Unveiled


Pagani Huayra Epitome

A V12 powered supercar from Italy with gullwing doors and a manual gearbox ticks every box. Aaron Stokes explores the latest masterpiece from Pagani.

Before we sink our teeth into the details of the Epitome, created through Pagani’s ‘Grandi Complicazioni’ program, we need to address the gearbox. For the first time in its production run, the Huayra has been supplied with a traditional, H-pattern manual gearbox. With the Epitome, Pagani has gone above and beyond with the changes made to their iconic Huayra. 

The powerplant of the Epitome remains the M158 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged V12 sourced from Mercedes-AMG, producing 852 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 811 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 122 bhp. Alongside the power bump, Pagani requested that AMG increase the rev limiter to 6,700 rpm. The Epitome also has an electronic differential and racing-style driveshaft to help the seven-speed manual handle the extra power from the V12. 

We can’t talk about the latest one-off Pagani without discussing the heavily reworked exterior, which is finished in a stunning blue-tinted carbon fibre with very subtle gold accents. The exterior is the traditional Pagani blend of beauty and aggression, and the model features a redesigned front and rear bumper. One of my personal favourite touches to be found on the Epitome is the louvores found above the front wheel arches, designed to help with releasing air pressure from the wheel arches at high speed. Across the exterior, the changes are not there just for show,they all serve a purpose: increasing downforce and making the car feel balanced, as per the customer’s request.


Pagani Huayra Epitome
Pagani Huayra Epitome

The rear of the Epitome is where there have been dramatic redesigns; the most notable change over a standard Huayra is the addition of a fixed wing across the rear, mounted to the side muscles, as Pagani calls them. When designing the profile of the wing, Pagani went back to their learnings from the Huayra R. Teaming with the rear wing, there are also additional aerodynamic covers over the rear lights and a blown diffuser, created by adding two additional pipes to the diffuser of the Epitome and bringing the pipe-count to six. 

As with most of Pagani’s one-off projects, there are some borrowings from various models in their catalogue. For the Epitome, this comes in the form of its forged aluminium wheels. The car they take inspiration from is the owner’s own Imola Coupé, and each one is wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, helping keep the Epitome firmly stuck to the tarmac.

The interior is finished in tan leather, contrasting the blue carbon exterior of the Epitome. There is also the perfect blend of carbon fibre and aluminium throughout the cabin which further compliments the elegant yet aggressive characteristics of the Epitome. Apart from the addition of a third pedal and a beautifully crafted, exposed gear stick and linkage, the interior is distinctly that of a Huayra.

Now this Huayra is one of the first to go through Pagani’s new Grandi Complicazioni program, will we see more owners decide to take this route? After all, when the Tempesta package was revealed, the majority of owners decided to make the upgrade. So will we see the same pattern with the latest customisation program from San Cesario sul Panaro. We’re sure that the next one-off will be equally as stunning as the Epitome.


Pagani Huayra Epitome
Pagani Huayra Epitome
Pagani Huayra Epitome
Pagani Huayra Epitome
Pagani Huayra Epitome

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