The new Pagani Utopia is the third supercar from the ultra-low-volume Italian automaker. It came after the famous Zonda and Huayra. After a wait of a decade, it has finally come! It still has a 6.0-liter, Mercedes-Benz twin-turbo V12 and there’s still a manual transmission to work with. Still, it’s new and very special.
For starters, the twin-turbo engine produces 864 horsepower, which makes it the most powerful Pagani ever. Its interior and exterior are also entirely new.
The exciting part of this car is that it actively rejects electrification. Pagani says the car has “no heavy batteries, no hybrid power, just a wonderful V12.” It also dismisses dual-clutch transmissions as needlessly complex. “Just a pure seven-speed manual or automated transmission.” The shifter is also gated. More clarity is needed on this statement’s context. This car will cost millions of dollars!
The V12’s grunt is sent from the transmission to an electronic limited-slip differential at the back. The Utopia is rear-wheel drive only. The wheels are all forged aluminum with great-looking carbon fiber inserts. The rear wheels are 22-inches in diameter and feature 325mm Pirelli tires. The fronts are 21s and feature 265mm tires.
Keeping everything suspended is forged aluminum control arms combined with magnetic coil over shocks. The brakes are carbon ceramic with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the rear. The chassis itself is classic Pagani: a carbon fiber tub with tubular steel subframes. Total weight for the car? 2,822 pounds.
Paganis know how to release their visuals, and it’s almost like Horacio Pagani knows most of us will never see one in person.