The 2023 Pagani Utopia is a work of art powered by an 852 HP V-12

  • Here’s the first look at a spectacular new hypercar, Pagani’s replacement for the Huayra.
  • The new car is powered by a twin-turbo AMG V-12 engine that produces 852 horsepower.
  • It will be offered with a manual gearbox – which we hope all 99 buyers will opt for.

Pagani is the modern supercar manufacturer that blurs the line between automobile and art more than any other. That remains true with the Italian company’s new model, the Utopia, which you’re seeing here for the first time. This is a car that would look just as natural sitting on a plinth as in a garage.

While many of the design themes are familiar from the previous Huayra, Pagani promises that the structure of the Utopia is completely new. It was built around three objectives set by the company’s founder Horacio Pagani himself: simplicity, ease and driving pleasure.

The first of these qualities is why Utopia isn’t following the rush of other hypercar manufacturers to offer a hybrid engine. Instead, this car will continue to be powered as the Huayra was, by an AMG-developed 6.0-liter V-12 that produces a peak of 852 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque and sends all that fury to rear wheels. .

“Carbo-Titanium” structure.

Lightness is ensured by the relative simplicity of the engine, but also by a basic structure that does not simply use carbon fiber; instead, it’s made with Carbo-Titanium, which is, as it sounds, a mixture of composite and high-strength metal patented by Pagani. The combination of a Carbo-Titanium central structure, lightweight carbon body and chrome alloy subframes means the Utopia is claimed to have a dry weight of just 2,822 pounds.

The third driving quality again brings into play an extremely unlikely feature: This is—as Horacio has hinted in previous interviews with Car and Driver –a hypercar with the option of a manual gearbox. Of course, it is not alone in offering a change of stick. Gordon Murray’s GMA T.50 gets one as standard, and the Koenigsegg CC850 has a shift-by-wire manual. Pagani will also offer a single-clutch automated transmission for those who don’t want to spare their left legs from the exercise, or who are more likely to avoid having to learn to drive a stick in the first place. Pagani rejected the idea of ​​clutch tracking and simply offering a dual-clutch transmission due to weight and complexity.

Aerodynamically Elegant

We don’t have any claimed performance figures yet, although the compelling simplicity of its power-to-weight ratio means we can safely predict that the Utopia will be blazing fast. Regardless, the Utopia looks set to get pulses racing as much with its stunning design as its ability to generate g-forces. Pagani says the shape is the result of thousands of hours of wind tunnel testing. Tireless surfaces cut drag and add downforce without the need for anything as vulgar as a racer’s raised arm thrust into the airflow. As in the Huayra, there are two active elements operating in the channels; they are separated by the brand’s trademark quad gas, but also part of an oval element when viewed from the rear.

Other spectacular details include the continued use of leather straps to secure the front and rear gussets in place, with the rear opening revealing the boot pants as well as the rear structure of the car. The Utopia mounts with butterfly doors and sits on alloy wheels – 21 inches front and 22 rear – with turbine-shaped blades to divert hot air from the brakes. Look closely and you’ll see that these are in the shape of a plan view silhouette of the car itself. The roof includes two windows and a small rear screen reminiscent of Lamborghini’s early rear-view ‘periscope’. Behind and below that is a glass engine cover, which offers a view of the top of the V-12, but also—through another small window—a view of the four numbers in the center of the dashboard.

Classy analog interior

The exterior is special, but the interior is definitely special. Horacio Pagani has previously lamented the trend of large screens dominating most high-end automobile interiors. Utopia buyers will be spared having to deal with one of these. There’s a single display between the mechanical speedometer and rev counter, but everything else is entirely analog. The cabin is built and finished to a standard that makes other hypercars look poor. The steering wheel is milled from a single block of aluminum, as are the individual pedals, and the exposed shifter for the seven-speed manual transmission is a design masterpiece in its own right. It would be a crime to opt for the robobox and order this car without it.

While the Pagani Zonda was named after a wind and the Pagani Huayra after a wind god, the Utopia title has its origins in medieval intellectual thought. “For the philosopher Thomas More in 1516, Utopia was a place that did not exist,” says the official press release, “and since then the name has been given to the idealized places we dream about.” Something that seems completely justified by the finished reality.

Just 99 Utopia coupes will be produced, with these set to be built at a rate of just one per week at Pagani’s San Cesario sul Panaro factory in Modena, Italy, with first deliveries starting mid-next year for cars equipped with automated manual gearboxes. The manual will follow later. Pagani has also invested the time and money necessary to give the car full federal homologation in the United States – no need for any “show and show” of joints here. Marketing director Christopher Pagani confirms that the entire run has already been allocated to buyers, despite a price that is equivalent to 2.5 million dollars. By the increasingly surreal standards of limited-run hypercars, that almost makes it a bargain.

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