For many sports car manufacturers, the process of revealing a new generation model is fairly straightforward. First release the coupe, then about a year later, the convertible (if there is to be a roadster). There are certain exceptions of course. For example, Mazda’s MX-5 Miata was only available as a drop-top in its first two generations, then later was offered as a folding hardtop model.
Then there’s Pagani. The Italian supercar manufacturer that produced about a million and one versions of the iconic Zonda has been selling that vehicle’s successor, the Huayra, for about four years now. While there have been hints of a roadster derivative, nothing has been introduced yet. Instead, a more hardcore version called the Huayra BC was showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Finally, it would appear that the open-air edition will see daylight at this August’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. Insiders at Pagani say the vehicle is “in the final stages of development,” with 75 of the allotted 100 examples having already been sold. If you’re wondering where your invitation to purchase the million-dollar supercar went, we’ll let you take up that issue with the automaker itself. As with many other ultra-exclusive vehicles, the manufacturer retains a short list of current customers or well-off prospective buyers who are first offered a chance to buy before sales are opened up to other interested parties.
Like other roadster versions, expect the drop-top Huayra to weigh a bit more than the fixed-roof model, which checks in at 2,976 pounds. In addition to the extra weight, the roadster will forgo the coupe’s gullwing doors for more traditional units, along with a few other styling tweaks.
In exchange, drivers of the roadster will be treated to an unobstructed dose of the Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter bi-turbocharged V12 engine note. The same 730 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque will be available, but 0 to 60 mph may take a hair longer than the coupe’s 3.3 second sprint, and its top speed will come up short of the hardtop’s 230 mph.
There’s also talk of a roadster version of the lighter, quicker Huayra BC, but expect a development timeline that’s as long as what we’ve seen with the standard convertible.