Pagani is finally releasing a roadster version of the Huayra-based Imola coupe, which we have been eyeing for more than four years. Though the Codalunga is the brand-new vehicle from the firm, the exotic Italian carmaker isn’t prepared to part with the Huayra just yet. That should come as no surprise given the number of Zonda one-offs that occurred years after the Huayra’s release. The firm claims that this newest model is their best open-top vehicle ever.
Its extreme aerodynamic package has a very valid reason: the design is based on the most extreme Huayra ever produced. We are discussing the R, a track-only, no-compromise beast. Here, the primary distinction is because Pagani designed the Imola Roadster for street use. Before adding fluids, it tips the scales at only 2,776 pounds (1,260 kilograms), so it’s about as heavy as a supermini. But this is no subcompact hatchback with a three-cylinder, 1.0-liter engine since it’s rocking a massive V12.
Pagani Imola Roadster
The open-top Imola is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo AMG engine that produces an amazing 838 horsepower and 811 pound-feet (1,100 Newton-meters) of torque. All that Affalterbach power is sent to the back wheels via a sequential seven-speed gearbox that Xtrac designed especially for the Pagani. It can reach a top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h) at full throttle before an electronic limitation is set to activate.
Similar to the road-legal Audi R8 GT2, which is geared toward the racetrack, the Imola Roadster is equipped with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. The forged alloy wheels are wrapped in sticky rubber with dimensions of 265/30 R20 at the front axle and 355/25 R21 at the rear. Both axles are equipped with Brembo’s vented carbon ceramic brakes for maximum stopping force. An additional feature of the convertible supercar is represented by the double wishbone suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers.
Pagani is tight-lipped about the asking price but it does say the Imola Roadster will be limited to just eight units. That makes it slightly less exclusive than the coupe of which only five cars were made.