Pagani Utopia: The Last Pure Supercar?

Pagani Utopia
Pagani Utopia

Pagani, a modest Italian manufacturer, stunned the world with the Zonda more than two decades ago. A supercar that stood head and shoulders above the Ferrari and Lamborghini of the day, with a magnificent design and a formula that appeared to age indefinitely. In their more than ten years on the market, both have undergone multiple evolutions (each one more astounding). A recipe that has been reproduced with the Huayra, which will also soon enjoy a well-deserved retirement, albeit given what occurred with the Pagani Zonda, it will be interesting to see if the Huayra is still talked about.

In any case, Pagani has been working on a successor for the Huayra for some time, which will be his third great automotive work of art, originally planned for the year 2021, respecting the 10-year cycle between generation to generation, but it appears that the pandemic and other setbacks have delayed a premiere that has now arrived with the new Pagani Utopia, a new supercar that will maintain the essence of a good Pagani. In truth, the formerly known as Pagani C10 is a reaction to Pagani consumers' wishes for three things from the Italian company: "simplicity, lightness and driving pleasure"

As a result, the Pagani Utopia, named after Thomas More's 1516 book "Utopia" in which the philosopher described an ideal world, proposes the same concept transferred to a supercar, offering everything that a lover of driving with enough millions in the bank would want, such as a very high-power V12 engine, a manual gearbox, and a timeless design that appears to be a return to the essence and origins of Pagani.

General characteristics of the Pagani Utopia

The Utopia offers an undeniably Pagani silhouette from the start. It features a highly unusual front end with an overall look evocative of the Pagani Huayra and the Zonda, but the traditional headlamps in the shape of that pair of eyes on either side have now been bonded into a single unit. In between, a hood with a dramatic drop and a central rib is evocative of the Zonda, however, it is complemented on the sides by new curved air intakes.

For the remainder, we're talking about a car with an all-carbon-fiber shell, big air intakes to cool its exotic motors, and a series of aerodynamic components directly incorporated into the body to produce a design that mixes retro and modern. . In fact, the rear is presented as a return to the origins, albeit with some changes for a cleaner, more modern, and elegant image, with its characteristic four central titanium exhaust outlets forming a square within a circular opening, and double rear lights in a vertical arrangement that are very reminiscent of the Zonda, while there is no shortage of a generous rear diffuser in the lower part.

All of the curves and pieces that make up its bodywork not only form a beautiful whole but have also been sculpted in the wind tunnel to provide the best aerodynamic performance; in fact, the presence of active aerodynamics has once again allowed for the perfect combination of function and form a harmony. The frosting on the cake is new scissor-style doors and 21-inch and 22-inch turbine-design aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero Corsa rubber.

Its redesigned interior also reflects Horacio Pagani's desire to offer the new Utopia a fresh perspective. As a result, from the overcrowded cabin of the Huayra for many, we have progressed to a much more minimalist driving position, although with a classic feel. There are several analog clocks to serve as indicators, both on the dashboard, where you would ordinarily see a large screen for the infotainment system, which is completely lacking here, and on the dashboard.

This is the sole peek of the digital age we live in, with a tiny center screen that displays the most vital statistics, driving modes, and others, and a little smaller one immediately above. The rev counter and speedometer on the sides are still completely analog. All of this is complemented by the most sumptuous and finest materials imaginable, blended with a more minimalist and nostalgic environment, where we will once again find the gear lever with the mechanism visible.

Technical specifications of the Pagani Utopia

Pagani's innovative monocoque chassis is hidden behind this new look, with Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 and front and rear subframes composed of CrMo steel alloy. Its forged aluminum alloy adaptive suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers and Brembo vented carbon-ceramic brakes with calipers and 6 and 4 pistons will allow for rapid braking. With this combination of components, an empty weight of 1,280 kg may be declared.

But now it's time to talk about the car's true heart. It's a fantastic V12 Biturbo engine. Pagani retains the well-known 6.0-liter Mercedes-AMG M158 V12 Biturbo engine in this latest generation, an upgraded version of the one that already animated the Huayra BC, and it delivers a monstrous 863 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 1,100 Nm of torque from 2,800 to 5,900 rpm.

We're talking about big numbers that can be handled in two ways: a robotized seven-speed manual gearbox, the quickest with helical gearing available, according to Pagani, or a real seven-speed manual transmission with an XTrac clutch pedal designed exclusively for the new Utopia. Indeed, the rumors were genuine, and Pagani intended to answer to customer desires by bringing back a decent manual lever to drive this supercar in the purest way possible, as he explains.

"There are customers who didn't buy the Huayra because we didn't offer it [a manual gearbox]... Our customers want to feel emotions when driving: they don't care so much about pure performance," Horacio Pagani told Quattroroute, emphasizing that his bet is not on both performance and feel. "Look at Gordon Murray's T.50 - it sold out even though it only has 650hp... It's very light, has a manual gearbox and a V12 that goes very high. You don't need 2,000hp to get the driver excited. "

At the moment no electrification

In an interview with our colleagues at Road&Track a few years ago, Horacio Pagani assured us that approximately 70% of his clients are asking for a manual gearbox option, so the movement was clear, but he added, "There has been no there having been existing or potential customers who have asked us for a fully electric car. "

With all of these declarations, it is clearly evident that the supposed electrified version that Pagani put on the table is on hold for the time being, at least until 2026, when its V12 will be able to roll without any form of electrification. "At the moment, we have not asked for concessions and we hope to continue like this. But if one day we have to switch to hybrids, we will do it. " This is a significant detail since it shows that Pagani's medium-term aim is in hybrid cars, not 100% electric, as he stated a few years ago.

"We think that building an electric model is going to be a big challenge for us. It will help us to be very creative, and proactive, to use fantasy. It will be a very expensive project, but we think it is the right thing to do."

Horacio Pagani has been working for years to tackle this issue. The founder of Pagani wants this rumored version to be up to his combustion models, which in a brand like Pagani means getting a work of art that remains light, which in the case of an electric car is more complicated than custom, although the Argentine believes that they will manage to maintain a low weight thanks to the fact that they manufacture all of their carbon fiber components, without missing either, as usual, good amounts of aluminum and titanium.

Range, price, and launch of the Pagani C10

Following its world debut on September 12 in Milan with an orchestra, production of the new Pagani Utopia will begin at the end of 2022, with deliveries beginning in 2023, with a limited series of only 99 units, all of which have already been awarded, at a price of more than 2.1 million euros before taxes.

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