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Car and Driver: The New Pagani Huayra BC Is $2.5 Million of Insanitude

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Pagani hasn’t made a rational car yet, and the Huayra BC does little to change that fact. Adhering to the same “better performance through a cost-is-no-object blend of passion and technology” approach that it applies to all of its creations, the Huayra BC is Pagani’s most powerful road car to date. Lighter and more powerful than the original Huayra, the BC represents Pagani’s goal of creating the lightest globally homologated hypercar on the market today. The “BC” suffix honors the late Benny Caiolo, a car enthusiast and friend of Horacio Pagani who purchased the builder’s first automobile.

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Relying on the same 750-hp twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter V-12 as the Huayra, Pagani assures us that the output of the engine in BC spec will surpass that of the base car, but hasn’t yet quoted a number. Although not spelled out implicitly, it’s a good bet that part of that increase in power will come from the BC’s low-back-pressure muffler, which incorporates titanium and is said to be significantly lighter than the unit on the Huayra.

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Shifting duties are performed by an entirely new seven-speed automated manual engineered and built by Xtrac. It features an electrohydraulic actuation system, carbon-fiber synchros, and a heavily revised clutch-control program. The gearbox and brand-new electronically controlled active differential are said to be approximately 40-percent lighter than those of the regular car. Driveshafts derived from Le Mans racing are also new. Pagani hasn’t released any performance estimates yet, but we expect them to be typically mind-blowing.

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The suspension continues the BC’s weight-savings agenda, with Pagani claiming it is “the lightest and most effective [suspension] ever applied to a roadgoing high-performance vehicle.” Much of the savings comes from using components made of HiForg, which is said to be a lightweight aeronautic aluminum that saves 25 percent compared with the original Huayra suspension. The stability control gets a Track mode in addition to the Comfort and Sport settings.

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Lightweight, 20-inch front and 21-inch rear forged wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Buyers can also order track-focused P Zero Trofeo R rubber on dedicated 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels; thus equipped, Pagani claims a staggering lateral-acceleration number on the order of 2.0 g’s. Brembo supplies the carbon-ceramic brakes, which have 15-inch rotors pinched by six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. This particular brake system is also focused on shaving weight, and it also stiffer, Pagani says. All the pounds-shaving results in a claimed curb weight of 2685 pounds.

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As for the exterior, the similar-looking BC shares only its roof panel with the regular coupe, with all changes being made to maximize downforce. Trimmed in black anthracite, the interior features grippy microsuede upholstery, and the regular handbrake has been swapped out for an electronic unit to, yes, save more weight.

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Pagani is adamant that the Huayra BC is “not just a ‘restyling’ of the Huayra, but a product that includes innovative changes in every part of the vehicle.” It’s also meant to evaluate new component sets and technical solutions for future Paganis. Whatever the reason, we’re glad they built it. But those who can afford its approximately $2.5-million price tag may be disappointed: All 20 examples have been spoken for prior to the official debut. But what luck! Pagani is now taking orders for the BC roadster.

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