Pagani Utopia revealed: The old-school hypercar uses a V12 engine and manual transmission

Pagani Utopia revealed: The old-school hypercar uses a V12 engine and manual transmission

Pagani is resisting the path to electrification by using a 6.0-litre Mercedes-AMG V12 with 635kW and 1100Nm for its new Utopia.

Pagans he’s not giving up on petrol and has the car to prove it – Utopia – as the Italian hypercar company unveils its third model for its third decade.

The car’s name means “perfect place” and company founder Horatio Pagani said it was the result of a six-year development program that included everything from 4,000 styling diagrams to eight full-scale prototypes.

The car was unveiled at the Teatro Lirico theater in Milan, Italy, but there is no word yet on its performance or price.

However, the production run of the Utopia will be limited to 99 cars.

The key figures are power figures for the Pagani-specific 6.0L Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo V12 – 635kW at 6000rpm and 1100Nm spread from 2800 to 5900rpm – and it can spin up to 6,700 rpm

Pagani claims the engine is clean enough to meet California emissions standards, though it hasn’t given any details on exactly how efficient it is.

Proof of the minimalist approach to Pagani’s new hypercar is its seven-speed manual transmission complete with an old-fashioned clutch pedal.

A seven-speed automated manual is also available, as the Utopia continues with rear-wheel drive and an electromechanical differential.

At the heart of the Utopia is a carbon fiber and steel chassis – described by the company as “Pagani Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 with CrMo steel front and rear tubular subframe” – which contributes to a light weight of 1,280 kilograms.

Suspension features forged aluminum wishbones and electronically controlled adaptive dampers, carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes using six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers at the rear.

The front wheels are 21-inch and the rear 22-inch, all shod in bespoke Pirelli tires with a Utopia silhouette on the sidewalls.

The Utopia’s styling is more restrained than previous Pagani, Huayra and Zonda creations, but still features distinctive design cues including the quad-pipe exhaust and headlight shape.

“Once this arduous creative process was fully absorbed, the ideals represented by the project became so intimate.
to me that any attempt to describe it would seem inadequate,” said Pagani founder and CEO Horatio Pagani in an official press release.

Details of Australian availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.

Paul Gover

Paul Gover has been a motoring journalist for over 40 years, working in newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television. A qualified general news journalist and sports reporter, his passion for motoring has taken him to Wheels, Motor, Car Australia, Which Car and Auto Action magazines. He is a champion racing driver and at the same time a judge of the World Car of the Year.

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