OPEN AIR ART SHOW

Weekend Courier - - Driveway -

PAGANI ve­hi­cles are anal­o­gous to Pi­casso paint­ings: high-end, high-priced art­work that can only be ap­pre­ci­ated as a pri­vate ac­qui­si­tion by an elite few.

Aus­tralian multi-mil­lion­aires can now put them­selves in that pic­ture after luxury car im­porter Bobby Zagame launched Aus­tralia’s first deal­er­ship for the ex­clu­sive brand in Mel­bourne by unveiling the Pagani Huayra Road­ster.

Only 100 cars will be built glob­ally and Zagame has se­cured “a few” of the ex­otic ma­chines, with a start­ing price of $5.5 mil­lion.

Each takes four months to build, hand­crafted and en­gi­neered to ex­act­ing stan­dards.

“This is a syn­the­sis of art, jewellery and tech­nol­ogy com­ing to­gether to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate au­to­mo­tive mas­ter­piece; a true col­lec­tor's item,” Zagame said. “Pagani is be­yond the realms of what we call su­per­cars; these are hy­per­cars. ”

Pa­ga­nis are built us­ing a patented ti­ta­nium and car­bon-fi­bre mix ex­ploit­ing the best prop­er­ties of each. Rigid­ity is as­ton­ish­ing and weight min­i­mal: the Huayra Road­ster is just 1280kg, which is 70kg less than the coupe.

Power from a mid-mounted 6.0-litre V12 from Mer­cedes-AMG (570kW/1000Nm-plus) is fed to the rear wheels via a trans­verse sev­en­speed auto.

Per­for­mance is what you’d ex­pect from a car at this price: 0-100km/h in about 3.0 sec­onds, on to a top speed of 370km/h.

Buy­ers won’t be re­stricted to track days. The Huayra Road­ster is claimed to be the first hy­per­car to gain full street-le­gal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The Pagani Huayra road­ster.

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