Australia's most expensive new car comes with a $1.5 million tax bill

Simon ThomsenThe Pagani Huayra Roadster at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month.

Italian supercar brand Pagani is now in Australia, but if you’re been hanging out to buy one, then hopefully you’ve been saving for some time or stashed away some franking credits ready for a government refund.

The Pagani Huayra Roadster takes the crown as the country’s most expensive new car, priced at a cool $5.5 million, plus on-road costs.

It’s also a nice little earner for treasurer Scott Morrison when it comes to reducing the federal budget deficit, with more than a quarter of that price tag, $1.5 million, going straight to Treasury in the form of Australia’s luxury car tax.

Pagani was founded in 1992 by a former Lamborghini designer, Argentinian-born Horacio Pagani, who’s in Melbourne this week for the launch of his exclusive supercar brand in Australia. The Pagani factory is in Castelfranco Emilia, between Modena and Bologna, and hand builts around 20 cars annually – with plans to double that production. You can head there for factory tours, as well as visiting the Pagani Museum, where several of his $1 million-plus cars, starting with the Zonda, feature there.

Melbourne dealer Zagame Automotive, which sells a wide range of luxury vehicles scored the prestigious appointment as Pagani’s local representative.

The Huayra Roadster’s arrival here comes a little over a year after it first appeared Geneva Motor Show. Just 100 are being made – and the fact that Zagame has one is a surprise since they were supposedly sold out when released last year.

Pagani himself describes the Huayra Roadster “the rebellious sister, shapely and beautiful, but with a sharp edge for those who are careless”.

The name incidentally, is taken from the ancient South American wind god.

For number crunchers, you’re looking at a 1,280kg carbon-fibre rocket powered by twin-turbo-charged 6-litre Mercedes-AMG’s ‘M158’ V12 that punches out peak power of 562kW (754hp)and 1,000Nm of torque in the rear wheels via a 7-speed X-Trac sequential manual transmission.

The car’s biggest claim to fame, aside from the price, is that can supposedly generate a lateral G-force of 1.8g, which the company says is the highest figure “ever seen on a car with road tyres”.

Of course that’s all bound to come in handy on Australia’s 110km/h roads, but then you also have the reassurance of a right-hand drive road legal hypercar to get you through roundabouts and to the next set of traffic lights before that family of five in a Lamborghini Urus.

Simon Thomsen
Simon Thomsen
Simon Thomsen
Simon Thomsen
Simon Thomsen
Simon Thomsen

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