Gran Turismo 6: Pagani Huayra

The Huayra is named after a South American wind. But it’s not a very pronounceable name.
 
It is actually “h-wire-a”, which looks nothing like “Huayra”. Thankfully I was informed of this pronunciation before I ever had the chance to botch it up – something I do with a lot of foreign based names or words. Or even native ones sometimes.
 
In fact, probably my most ridiculous instance of a botched words was “standoffish”. When I first saw it, I was amazed that there was a literal word for a “stand-of-fish”. Until I realised a couple of years ago that it was actually used to describe someones personality for instance “stand-off-ish”. I felt quite stupid after that one. But cheated of the meaning of one work.
 
Obviously, the name of a car never affected the car itself, but there have been some silly names for cars in the past – and more so today. A number of cars are just a couple of letters pressed on a keyboard and then vaguely made to mean something, but when this is not the case, it can go a bit wrong.
 
For instance, on sale now are the Vauxhall Adam and Renault Zoe. Not the two genuine real-life names I’d choose to name a car, though no English name works for that. Foreign names work better for cars. Especially in France or Italy where they’re more like art forms.
 
Skoda is not brilliant at naming either. It has the Superb, which does live up to its name, the Rapid, which doesn’t, and the Yeti, which isn’t a yeti.
 
Two other examples include the Kia Soul, which doesn’t quite have enough of it, and the Dacia Duster, which costs less than some actual dusters.
 
But hey, at least they’re pronounceable normally. Unlike ‘Huayra’, which would be impossible without the handy pronunciation guide I was given prior to reading about it first.
 
Now. What about the Huayra itself?
 
It’s powered by a 6.0 twin-turbo V12 by AMG, who also did the engine from the Pagani Zonda that this car successes. And it has to be said that it does look rather pretty. But not compared to what it does on the move.
 
In GT6, the Huayra’s active aero is clear for all to see, moving constantly in every area you can look. It helps this car feel alive.
 
But to actually drive, it feels rather too difficult.
 
Some people have said that MR cars such as the Huayra are far too difficult to drive than normal. Quite a few have responded by saying that they should change their driving style to improve. And I would side with the latter. Most MR cars haven’t given me too many problems. But this Huayra is – as a general rule – a difficult car to control.
 
Too much so for my liking, for that matter. It’s too easy to put it somewhere in fast corners where it’ll eventually go out and spin, and this happened very frequently on Matterhorn Dristelen, where such corners are the norm, it is worth noting.
 
And the sound is also a mimicry of the V10 from the Gallardo. Except this is a V12. And a Pagani. They get it wrong even on other Lambos themselves but to get them wrong on something else entirely even is verboten.
 
However, there’s a problem with this particular Huayra. Not the Huayra as a whole, but this model. The ’11. That being…there’s a ’13 model that outclasses it completely.
 
The ’13 has 10 more hp for a total of 730. But it also has some 80 lb-ft more in the engine as well. Even the Anniversary Edition Huayra is based off of the ’13. And the two models cost the same.
 
Of course, the fact is that they are two models that serve to represent the same car and therefore the ’11, as a whole, doesn’t actually deserve a place in the game.
 
In addition, I don’t think that the 1.35 million price tag warrants buying it really. Though that amount of money is very quickly becoming a non-issue, the ’11 Huayra at least doesn’t seem like a good enough car to make my top tier. It is undoubtedly fast, but it has 720bhp so you knew that already. The ’13 has the better stats, and the upgraded Anniversary Edition it is based on even feels better from some time driving it.
 
So just ignore this model that doesn’t deserve a spot in the game and take the newer, more worthy model instead.
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