Pagani presents the Huayra BC, sporting 789 hp [gallery] image

The Italian exotic supercar manufacturer has unleashed the eagerly-anticipated Huayra Benny Caiola (BC) edition, a hardcore version of the already pretty amazing supercar.

Rumors on the Huayra BC were this time around only partially correct – the model does get the BC designation from Benny Caiola (a car collector) – but the power bump is not really in excess of 100 horsepower (75 kilowatts). The biturbo 6.0-liter V12 has been massaged to deliver another 60 hp (45 kW), with the AMG-derived monster now coming to the party with an impressive 789 hp (588 kW). Torque has also been leveled up from the standard 738 pound-feet (1,000 Newton meters) to a sweet 811 lb-ft (1,098 Nm). If that’s not enough, you need to know the engineers also came up with a gym program for the Huayra which as such has lost no less than 291 pounds (132 kilograms), with the BC tipping the scales at only 2,685 lbs (1,218 kg). This was possible due to careful modifications: we have new Forged APP wheels (20 lbs – 9kg loss); new titanium exhaust (15.6 lbs – 7.1 kg loss). Other modifications from the diet include the Avional-made suspension uprights and wishbones and the use of an unknown type of carbon fiber which the brand says is now 50% lighter and 20% stronger than the “standard” carbon.

Rounding out the power and diet were the aerodynamic optimizations that were performed with the help of Dallara – save for the roof every other body panels have been enhanced. The supercar also switches to a next-generation seven-speed automated manual transmission developed and manufactured by Xtrac. It packs new carbon fiber synchronizers and an electro-hydraulic actuation system – making it 40 percent lighter and with shift times trimmed down from 150ms to only 75ms. Pagani has been mum on performance specifications, but we can expect the sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) to be shaved from the regular 3.3 seconds to around three seconds flat. The 20 units that have been planned apparently have already been spoken for, even though they cost a cool $2.55 million (€2.3million). The automaker has reportedly already received orders for the unannounced Huayra BC roadster and before that the coupe will make its official public debut during the Geneva Motor Show on March 1.