Pagani's $5 million Huayra is the latest hypercar to come to Australia

Got a spare $5.5 million? This could be the machine for you.

Boutique Italian car maker Pagani is the latest brand to unleash its multi-million dollar hypercars on Australia.

The radical carbon fibre two-seaters will be sold through Melbourne's Zagame group, which specialises in a dozen other European brands, from Alfa Romeo and Audi to Ferrari and McLaren.

First up is the Huayra Roadster, the latest iteration of the lightweight Huayra hypercar.

Jewellery on wheels

An intricate artwork or expensive jewellery: that's the way Zagame Automotive principal Bobby Zagame views the Pagani brand.

"This is a synthesis of art, jewellery and technology coming together to create the ultimate automotive masterpiece," says Zagame. "They're different, they're collectible, they're assets, they're pieces of jewellery.

"It's not necessarily a car that people are buying just for the sake of driving. It's about owning one and knowing its underlying value and to appreciate over time."

Multi-million dollar toys

Zagame likens Pagani to classic supercars that have increased in value, such as Ferraris or Aston Martins.

After all, that's the financial space the brand is playing in.


"I think the people who own them will probably just take them occasionally out on the road on their Sunday morning drive or Saturday morning café run," says Zagame.

"Maybe occasionally do a bit of a track run. The cars are such beautiful pieces of art they don't even need to be driven to be appreciated."

IT money

As for who's showing an interest in the handful that will come to Australia, it's not traditional buyers of multi-million dollar cars.

"Some people we know, some people we don't," says Zagame of the early enquiries.

"Most have been from an IT knowledge background so far … generally the younger generation that have made that money. It's more with that newfound wealth so we're finding it's more from that area than the typical developer or surgeon."

In line with the career choice, that also tends to lead to a younger (wealthy) buyer.

"The interest has been for well under 50 [years old]."

At the same time, Zagame acknowledges a Pagani will not be for everyone – even if you can afford it.

"It's one of those brands: you either know it or you don't … they tend to take your breath away with the detail."

Ultimate combination

The power to weight ratio – how little a car weighs compared with how much power it has – is what determines how fast a car is.

Some cars choose big power, others choose low weight.

Supercars tend to combine the two.

And, in the case of the Huayra, those two have been taken to the extreme.

Looks fast, goes fast

Despite dripping in carbon fibre and looking fast while stationary, the Huayra has the credentials to live up to its looks.

At its heart is an engine produced by Mercedes-AMG.

Based on the 6.0-litre V12 used in cars such as the S65 and SL65 AMG, the Pagani spec has been specially created to suit the character of the car.

Power peaks at 562kW and twin turbochargers help swell torque beyond 1000Nm.

And the whole thing weighs just 1280kg.

Big performance, tiny numbers

While Zagame has set aside a dealership space for Pagani, the throughput will be small, even compared with other exclusive brands.

He's expecting to sell "two to three cars" a year, each of which will be air-freighted in at a cost of "70 or 80 grand".

"We've already secured our first order and about to take our second and we've only got two slots till the end of the year," says Zagame.

"It'll certainly attract a lot of interest and I don't think we'll have any problems filling any production slots we have."

Just 100 Huayra Roadsters will be produced globally.

Then it's on to the next crazy creation from the boutique Italian manufacturer, which you can guarantee will be just as eye-catching and even faster than the potent Huayra.

Slimming down

Founder and owner Horacio Pagani was born in Argentina but moved to Europe to boost his knowledge in automotive engineering.

It was the early 1980s and he initially worked at Renault before getting a job at Lamborghini. While there, years later, he tried to convince the company to begin using carbon fibre in its road cars; he was involved in the Countach Evoluzione concept, which was made of composite.

By then the lightweight material was common in F1 cars, but Lamborghini wasn't interested, reportedly because arch rival Ferrari hadn't gone down that path.

The irony is Lamborghini is now one of the pioneers in the use of carbon fibre in automotive applications. As is Pagani, albeit on a much smaller scale.

From engineer to car boss

The Pagani story exploded onto the world with the Zonda in 1999.

Every Pagani since the original Zonda of 1999 has been produced from carbon fibre.

Not that there have been many Paganis built – just a few hundred.

That original Zonda was developed with assistance from fellow Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio, a five-time Formula 1 champion.

A later version of the Zonda, the Zonda F, was named in honour of Fangio.

Spot the Pagani

While Paganis will be a rare sight on Australian roads, around Melbourne Grand Prix time there could be more than normal.

About 10 enthusiastic owners had arranged to send their cars to Australia for a cruise through country Victoria, no doubt attracting plenty of attention in the process.