Back in 2010, you know, when life was good an we could attend car shows and travel freely, Pagani unveiled the Zonda Tricolore at the Geneva Motor Show. Only three units were built and the same production count has been kept for the Huayra Tricolore. Only now, Pagani’s otherworldly go-fast machine celebrates the 60th anniversary of Frecce Tricolori, the Italian Air Force’s aerobatic demonstration team, while the Zonda Tricolore market the squadron’s 50th birthday.
It’s no surprise then that the main inspiration for the Huayra Tricolore came from the light and agile Aermacchi MB-339A PAN, a variant of the MB-339A specifically tailored for the Frecce Tricolori with a smoke generator.
Visually, the Huayra Tricolore gets a tweaked front splitter with a new aerodynamic profile designed to double down on downforce as well as a new front bumper featuring side extractors to keep the AMG-sourced V-12 in the right temperature parameters.
Perhaps the quirkiest detail of the Tricolore has to do with the Pitot tube mounted on the car’s nose, basically a sensor used by planes to measure air speed. In the Tricolore, it sends information right to the center console, which is a pretty neat trick. Not necessarily useful, but neat nonetheless.
In the back, the rear wing mounts are shaped to mimic the tail fin of the MB-339A PAN. But Pagani made changes where the eye can’t reach, too. For example, the chassis was upgraded with Carbo-Titanium and Carbo-Triax, two latest-generation composite materials that bring more torsional rigidity for better compose on the road.
And God knows you need a perfectly-tuned chassis when you’re rocking an 829-horsepower, twin-turbo six-liter V-12 from AMG that’s also good for 1,100 Newton-meters (738 pound-feet) of torque going to the rear wheels through a seven-speed sequential gearbox and an electromechanical differential. By the way, the power infusion makes this Huayra the most powerful ever built.
Stopping power comes from Brembo brakes with ventilated carbon-ceramic discs; six-piston calipers bite into the front brake rotor while in the rear, the caliper setup includes four pistons.
We’re not done with the goodies just yet. On the inside, the Huayra Tricolore is bathed in space-grade aluminum bits and bobs anodized in that superb blue color. For example, the gear know is cut out of a single piece of aluminum and carbon, milled, and then sent for hand-polishing.
On the upholstery front, there’s a handful of leather inserts mixed with white, red, and green stripes. The seats are trimmed in white and blue, which is a nod back to the 2010 Zonda Tricolore’s cockpit color scheme.
Each of the three Zonda Tricolores is priced at $6.7 million (and that’s before any taxes), yet something tells us they’re already sold out.