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When you’re making an economy car, for example, the demands your creation have to answer to are set. More space, more economy, less cost. The same goes for other mainstream categories. When you’re creating a supercar, though, how do you know where to start? For Horacio Pagani, it starts with a desire for freedom.

The founder of Pagani Automobili took to YouTube recently to explain what ideas have gone into the creation of the upcoming Huayra R.

As with the Zonda R, the main demand that the team imposed upon itself was unshackling its supercar from restrictions. What would it look like if it didn’t have to answer to any restrictions or regulations?

While we’ll have to wait until we know exactly what they came up with, Pagani turned to nature and history for inspiration. Looking back largely at the Le Mans prototypes of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Horacio Pagani singles out the Porsche 917 in particular as an inspiration.

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As with all modern supercars, Pagani started designing the Huayra R in the wind tunnel. Horacio says that it just didn’t look right, though.

“The first aerodynamic tests instantly showed good results, though the style didn’t really convince us,” he says in the video. “The car was too technical. We wanted more passion. We started working to combine the technical features with the elegance of shapes and form. Suddenly, something curious happened. As the car became more appealing it also became more aerodynamically efficient.”

Right now, we know very little for sure about the Pagani Huayra R, but the company has given out a few hints. We’ve heard the engine running and, as you can see below, it is a V12. Rumors suggest that it will be naturally aspirated and will have a redline of 9,500 RPM, which would certainly be exciting.

Whatever comes of the car, though, it’s certain to be mightily impressive.

 

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Having tuned the A45 S to a jaw-dropping 525 PS (518 HP / 386 kW) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque last year, Posaidon has now launched a two-stage upgrade for the Mercedes-AMG A35.

The base offering includes a software optimization, lifting the output of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from 306 PS (302 HP / 225 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) to 355 PS (350 HP / 261 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft).

According to the tuner, the 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time has dropped from 4.7 to 4.3 seconds and top speed has gone up by 30 km/h (19 mph) to 280 km/h (174 mph). A power box is offered as an alternative to the re-tuned ECU, and with it, the engine produces 355 PS (350 HP / 261 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft).

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The most exciting proposal for the A35 from Posaidon is the so-called RS 400 kit, which, apart from the software upgrade, includes an improved turbocharger. As its name suggests, it unlocks 400 PS (394 HP / 294 kW) and even more torque at 550 Nm (406 lb-ft), which makes it 13 PS (13 HP / 10 kW) and 70 Nm (52 lb-ft) more powerful than the base A45. The 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint is completed in an identical 4.0 seconds, and top speed has increased to 295 km/h (183 mph).

By comparison, the A45 S, which is the true hot hatch king, has 421 PS (415 HP / 310 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft), and is capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, en route to a maximum speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).

Posaidon’s upgrades are also available for other Mercedes-AMG models using the same engine, such as the CLA 35, GLA 35 and GLB 35.

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Porsche is looking to offload as many 2020 Panameras as it can before the 2021 model arrives and is offering up to $10,000 in savings.

The savings come through the Panamera Discount Match Program that’s available through March 31 and consists of a 50 per cent reimbursement of a dealer’s discount on the 2020 car. This incentive is valued at up to $5,000 and as Cars Direct notes, could encourage dealerships to slash $10,000 off the Panamera’s MSRP.

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2020 Porsche Panamera

This saving is only offered for the Panamera GTS, Turbo, and Turbo S E-Hybrid in both Sedan and Sport Turismo forms. The incentive is available for those looking to buy or lease a Panamera and represents an opportunity to buy a new Porsche at a discount, not something that happens very often.

Visual differences between the outgoing Panamera and the 2021 model are minor and limited to things like a sportier bumper on the Turbo S, darkened taillights on the GTS, an LED light bar at the rear, and new 20- and 21-inch wheel designs. Most of the changes are found under the hood.

New to the Panamera model for 2021 is the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid model featuring a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that delivers 434 hp and is coupled to an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed PDK transmission with an extra 134 hp, making for a total of 552 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. Also new for 2021 is the Panamera Turbo S which replaces the outgoing Turbo and is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 621 hp and 605 lb-ft (820 Nm) of torque.

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