It only makes sense that the Pagani Utopia was introduced in a packed theater while a string symphony plays as the car is slowly spinning, absorbing all the light and attention in the room. Horacio Pagani is a revolutionary in the automobile and engineering world, combining precision engineering with courageous design. What separates the Pagani team from others is the operation is more like an atelier at a fashion house, elegant design and attention to detail are top of mind. A team of 180 of the best designers and technicians in the world occupy the Art & Science research center, designing and engineering the next step in the Pagani house. Until the Utopia, Pagani only had two models to its name, the Zonda and Huayra. The Zonda established the legendary maker and the Huayra took it to the next level on a global scale. Now there is Utopia, the 3rd child in the family.
The process of creating the Utopia was of the highest complexity, 6 years went by of sketches, computer calculations, and all finally perfected through thousands of hours of research and test runs. The Utopia is a model that took time, Horacio found inspiration from his best clients in the world asking what they did and didn’t like, and incorporating that feedback into his next brainchild. The feedback was “simplicity, lightness, and pleasure of driving”. Eliminate heavy batteries, no dual hybrid power, just a simple yet beautiful V12 engine with a pure seven-speed manual or automated transmission.
The Utopia is simple yet sophisticated, its lines are curvaceous and chic, making for a flowing curvature of a body combined with a super engine. It is a different outline from its siblings, softer contours give it a new life. In true Pagani fashion, the goal was a timeless product but also a product that is different from the waves of the market. The stylings of the car this year are inspired by objects from the 1950s, such as streamlined headlamps of Vespa scooters or the fittings of Riva speedboats. The wheels are composed of a turbine-shaped carbon fiber extractor which reduces hot air away from the brakes and eradicates turbulence underneath the body. The side mirrors still have that traditional Pagani look, suspended in mid-air. The Utopia also has the titanium quad exhaust which is a staple amongst the Pagani brand, while also incorporating a ceramic coating to dissipate the heat in the most efficient way possible. It debuts at 852 HP at 6,000 rpm and 811 pound-feet of torque from 2,800 to 5,800 rpm. Weighing in at over just 6 kilograms, the car can fly down any track and in style.
While the outside might replicate the detail and skills of a Rodin sculpture, the interior shines in its own way. It is truly fascinating how unique this machine’s interior is, there are no screens apart from the minimal display in front of the driver. Every instrument inside is purely analog and each of the easy-to-read dials are completely see-through as if peering into a skeleton. What makes Pagani special is the ability to reinvent. The steering wheel is completely reinvented, made from a solid aluminum block, from the spokes and hollow tim to the steering column boss, which contains the airbag. The price is estimated at around $2.5 million and is an impressive 3rd addition to the Pagani name.
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