The Pagani Codalunga, Horacio’s Complex Pursuit of Simple Ideas

Designed by the Grandi Complicazioni, the special projects division of Pagani, the Codalunga was built as a tribute to the Italian racecars from the 1960s. With it’s elegant lines and clean body panels, the codalunga is a stunning, 7.5 million dollar work of art.

So how did the Codalunga vision become reality? It all started in 2018, when two Pagani owners approached Horacio about a car designed with a long tail.

Why would Pagani owners want a car with a long-tail? It wasn’t simply for aerodynamics, the long-tail design was tried over the years by several car makers. Porsche, McLaren, and several others built long-tail cars, but this long-tail design strikes a chord unlike any other. The Codalunga is stunningly breathtaking in it’s simplicity and pureness.

How Much is the Pagani Codalunga Worth?

Each Pagani Codalunga sells for $7.5 million. And you can’t buy one at the local dealership. These five cars were sold out from the minute the design was conceived. With limited supply, and several years of waiting to take delivery, I’m guessing each Codalunga owner could instantly resell their amazing long-tail supercar for much more than the $7.5 million purchase price. But why would you ever think about doing such a thing?

How Many Pagani Codalunga’s Were Made?

Only five Pagani Codalunga’s were produced. If you think you might have a chance of owning a Codalunga someday, you have a tough road ahead of you. Convincing one of the five owners to part with their limited edition long-tail is going to be next to impossible.

And if you were to talk your way into buying a Codalunga from an existing owner, they can basically name their price. I would love to see what value a “used” Codalunga would bring on the secondary market. Maybe $15 million?

When one of the five Codalunga’s does trade hands, you’ll be reading about it here first. That will be an epic sale!

Who Owns a Pagani Codalunga?

So, before we begin deep-diving into the components of this unbelievable accomplishment of pure artistic auto perfection, we need to find out who are the five lucky owners of this car.

We’ll update the list when (or if) there’s ever a sale on the secondary market, but so far, here are the owners direct from the factory.

Chassis No. 1 – Sold

This is the model most Pagani enthusiasts will recognize, as it was the first Codalunga example to show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2022.

Chassis No. 2 – Oleg Egorov

Prolific Pagani collector and founder of TopCar Design, Oleg Egorov, was presented with Codalunga #2 by Horacio Pagani in late 2022.

The amazing matte silver finish with a black stripe around the rear long-tail section of the car shows the beautiful lines perfectly.

Egorov also owns one of only three Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta models, valued at over $18 million, along with at least seven other Pagani cars.

Chassis No. 3 – Sold

Finished in metallic gold, the third Codalunga model rolled out of Pagani headquarters in the spring of 2023.

The interior is finished with matte titanium and light brown leather. If you have the name of Codalunga owner #3, please reach out to me.

Chassis No. 4 – Sold, Not Yet Completed

Chassis No. 5 – Sold, Not Yet Completed

Exterior Design

Now let’s get into the details of the amazing Codalunga. With it’s long-tail stretching 14-inches longer than a typical Pagani Huayra, the amazing clean lines seem to flow perfectly from the front-end to the rear effortlessly.

But what actually makes up the exterior body panels of the Codalunga? Attached to the carbo-tanium chassis is the Pagani perfected carbon-triaxial monocoque weave for exceptional weight-to-strength ratio.

I’m completely astonished by carbotanium. Like I’ve said one thousand times, the more you learn about Pagani, the more amazed you will become. The beta titanium alloy and carbon composite blend was invented and patented by Modena Design, which happens to be the manufacturing division of Pagani.

When asked about his company’s proprietary carbon-triax monocoque material in a Top Gear interview, Horacio explained, “Pagani was able to reinforce the main structure monocoque to resist impact and give lighter weight and offer added rigidity.”


Each of the five Codalunga’s include their own custom interior trim colors and details. It’s absolutely decked out just like you would expect of Pagani.

For anyone not familiar with the interior detail of a Pagani, you really need to see it to believe it.

codalunga interior chassis two
The Codalunga interior from Chassis #2 – Image credit Top Gear

Woven aged suede leather, nubuck upholstery, with switches and dials machined from a single block of aluminum. This is what you’ll view from the drivers seat of Codalunga.

Not only does Pagani use materials that pay tribute to 1960s racecar design, but they assemble each component using the manual techniques of the days before robotic factory automation. Hand-crafted and polished by artisans in the tradition of the greatest carmakers of the distant past.


Of course, just like other Pagani models, the Codalunga sports the AMG V12 engine. But this version of the engine cranks out 840 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Just a touch more than the typical Pagani, if there is such a thing as a “typical” Pagani.

To get the extra horsepower, Pagani went with forced induction rather than a naturally aspirated engine. This means increased power with turbochargers for compressing air as it enters the combustion chamber.

The benefits of forced induction are increased power, slightly better fuel efficiency, and improved performance at high altitudes. But of course, there’s no free lunch, even with a Pagani engine. More power with a forced induction turbocharged V12 also mean the engine generates more heat, is more complex, and more expensive to built and maintain. Although, if you’re worried about maintenance cost at this point, you may want to start reading about Toyota Corolla’s instead of Pagani’s.


If you’re looking for zero to sixty times for the Codalunga, you’ll have to drive it with your own stopwatch to find out. Pagani hasn’t released official times, but all you really need to know is the car is fast as hell. How can we be so sure? The car has the AMG V12 and only weighs 2,822 pounds. That’s incredibly lightweight for a supercar with a monster V12 engine.

Pagani doesn’t rest on it’s monster V12 engine and ultra-lightweight components. Especially at high speeds, aerodynamics plays a huge role in the performance of any car. The Codalunga is designed with the highest aerodynamic efficiency in mind.

Then, in typical Pagani fashion, they go beyond what’s expected of any supercar. Not only does the Codalunga boast a sleek aerodynamic shape, but it features four variable profile flaps for active aerodynamic refinement.

“Less is More”

Reading about the Codalunga will eventually lead you to the Pagani website, where you’ll find two very simple explanations on design intent. “Less is More,” and “To take away rather than add.”

Horacio explains it this way, “We drew inspiration from the long tails of the 1960s that raced at Le Mans, which had very clean lines. The Huayra Codalunga comprises very few essential elements; we have taken away rather than added.”

Horacio continues, “Simplifying is not at all straightforward, and this vehicle is, above all, the result of a complex pursuit of simple ideas.”

You can’t say it any better than that. The perfect car. The perfect explanation by the founder. Now I begin my very own “complex pursuit” of finding a Codalunga so I can get an up-close and personal view.

Here’s a few incredible photos of the Codalunga, courtesy of the Pagani website

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