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700-Horsepower Pagani "Huayra" to be Sold in US

Get ready car lovers -- one of the most powerful, and expensive, automobiles in the world is about to hit the streets of America.

Italian supercar manufacturer Pagani Automobili SpA. announced it will enter the U.S. market in a big way, with its new model called the Huayra. It will begin selling the 700-horsepower car in the U.S. through a dealer network beginning later this year. The expected price tag -- more than $1 million.

The car is named after Huayra Tata, an ancient God of wind. A fitting moniker, because its six-liter, 12-cylinder engine with two turbochargers is a monster that can create its own wind. The engine breathes through a pair of air intakes behind the occupants that the company describes as “a tribute to the supersonic aircraft of the late 1950s and 1960s.”

Pagani said it has built five Huayra prototypes and has been road testing them for the past four years. The test cars have traveled more than 300,000 miles and will cover some 600,000 miles before entering the U.S. market.

The car is to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Pagani’s current model, the Zonda, has been a perennial leader in top-speed and brute-power contests run by car magazines for the past decade. It was not available for sale in the U.S.

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