One of the toughest things to do in any line of work is top yourself. You can’t simply wake up one morning and decide your next album is going to get even higher on the Billboard chart, or you’re going to rush more yards than you did last season or whatever; no, you have to work like hell to be able to outdo the performance you turned in last time. And even then, there’s a chance that circumstances beyond your control will prohibit you from one-upping Number One.
Horatio Pagani and his eponymous automobile company faced the task of exceeding its prior effort (as well as the efforts of competitors) when replacing their first model, the Zonda, with a new supercar we now know as the Huayra. Is it better than the Zonda? Probably. Better than its rivals? Based on some key stats, probably not. But when viewed on its own merits (as Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman did when he traveled to Modena to visit the Pagani factory and drive the Huayra), this German-hearted Italian stallion chock full of exquisite detailing stands mighty tall.