Every Pagani begins with an aesthetic shock. Utopia radiates simplicity. It asserts itself straightaway, aﬃrms, and imposes its lines, which are so typical of Pagani but at the same time, it is so diﬀerent from anything they have oﬀered us before. A shape that is more ﬂowing and curvaceous. From the windscreen, with its rounded upper edges, to the details of its wings and bonnet, its softer contours give it a new expression, a new outline. A shape smoothed and reﬁned over a long time, but which sticks in your memory from the ﬁrst time you see it. The most diﬃcult part of the process for Pagani has been to follow as closely as possible the original intention of creating a timeless design object, instead of one that follows the fashion of the period.
The new car has very few aerodynamic add-ons yet is more eﬃcient than ever. Where some hypercars have a multitude of spoilers, Utopia incorporates the function of these appendices into its overall shape, achieving greater downforce and reduced drag solely by means of its design.
The details of its styling are few in number, but each is so carefully executed that it can be admired in its own right: technologically advanced, their shape is inspired by objects from the 1950s like the streamlined headlamps of Vespa scooters or the ﬁttings of Riva speedboats. The forged wheels have a turbine-shaped carbon ﬁber extractor which draws hot air away from the brakes and reduces turbulence under the body. Mounted on carbon-ceramic discs, the brake calipers have a new, lightened design.
The role of Pirelli tires is to transfer the exuberant torque to the ground eﬃciently and bring the ﬁnishing touches to the car’s exceptional road feel, thanks to the unusually large 21” wheels in the front and 22” wheels in the rear, which triggered new creativity and distinguishing design freedom on the surrounding bodywork. The silhouette of Utopia can be seen on their sidewalls, demonstrating just how much they have been specially developed for this car.
The side mirrors, as if suspended in mid-air, thanks to the airfoil-shaped support are set apart from the body for better aerodynamic penetration, showing the meticulous optimization that was carried out on them in the wind tunnel. The rear lights ﬂoat at the sides of the rear wings, set into the air extractors. Each part of them, so beautifully crafted, could be displayed in the window of a jeweler’s shop.
The titanium quad exhaust, a personal monument, and signature of the brand, is still present. It has a ceramic coating, in order to dissipate the heat eﬃciently, but still sets the weight just above 6 kilograms for the complete system.
To reach this very simple ﬁnal shape, the process has never been as complex. For six years, from the ﬁrst sketches and computer calculations until the deﬁnitive shape was frozen for the carbon ﬁber molds, its internal airﬂows were perfected through endless hours of research in the wind tunnel and countless changes, one touch at a time. Utopia takes advantage of the mysteries of aerodynamics to maximize sure-footed handling and stability at any speed, however high. Its active aerodynamics, combined with the electronically controlled shock absorbers, ensure the optimum dynamic behavior in all driving conditions. The double-wishbone suspension, made from aerospace aluminum alloy, beneﬁts from the lengthy development work carried out on the R, the track-only version of the Huayra. But Utopia, a car designed for road use, can cope with surfaces for daily use.
The carbon monocoque used on previous Pagani models sets the standard in terms of its strength, lightness, and build quality. Pagani has chosen to consolidate its existing strengths, improve how its ﬁbers are woven, and constantly invent new composite materials such as Carbo-Titanium and Carbo-Triax. On top of that, a new type of A-class carbon ﬁber has been developed speciﬁcally for aesthetic applications such as the bodywork, providing 38% of additional stiﬀness with the same density.
A high-performance car must not only please its buyer but support them and provide all the safety they require, without their need to ask or worry about it. Many exemptions are granted to very low-volume manufacturers, but Pagani made it a point of honor – once again – to build its cars and meet the most stringent regulations in the world, in every respect, starting with safety. Utopia passed more than 50 severe crash tests, from development to pre-tests and homologation approval, to reach its global certiﬁcation.
The Pagani V12 engine, a 6-liter biturbo specially built by Mercedes-AMG for Pagani, is the result of enormous development work: it delivers 864 bhp and, above all, a prodigious 1100 Nm of torque. It revs higher and is both more ﬂexible and more powerful while meeting the most stringent emissions regulations, including those in force in California.
For the transmission, the choice was a philosophical one. It would not be a dual-clutch transmission which is eﬃcient, but heavy and robs the driver of the ability to set the pace of the car’s acceleration. Instead, Pagani turned to the most prestigious motorsport and high-performance automotive transmission manufacturer, Xtrac, to develop the quickest shifting gearbox with helical gears possible. It is compact, light, and transversely mounted for an optimized center of gravity.
Moreover, in order to best match, the wishes expressed by Pagani enthusiasts, its aﬁcionados, a virtual manual would not be acceptable so a real seven-speed manual transmission has been developed. It was not an easy task to design such a gearbox with synchronizer rings and a mechanism able to handle 1100 Nm of torque adequate for a pure manual application, but it was an essential requirement for Utopia.
However intelligent automatic transmissions may have become, nothing can replace the driver’s own mastery of the gearchanges: the prevailing logic is his alone, each change up or down is totally unique and depends solely on his decision and good judgment, the exact combination of circumstances, the nature of the road and the mood of the moment.
The ﬁrst series of Utopia coupés, which have already been assigned to privileged enthusiasts, will be built in 99 units.
Pagani Utopia Specs.
- Dry Weight: 1.280 Kg (2822 lb)
- Power: 864 HP (635 kW) at 6000 RPM at 18 °C
- Torque: 1100 Nm from 2800 RPM to 5900 RPM
- Engine: Pagani V12 60° 5980 cc twin turbochargers, developed on a bespoke basis by Mercedes-AMG
- Gearbox: Pagani by Xtrac 7-speed transversal AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) or pure manual, with electro-mechanical diﬀerential
- Chassis: Monocoque in Pagani Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 with front and rear tubular subframes in CrMo alloy steel
- Suspensions: Forged aluminum alloy independent double wishbone with helical springs and electronically controlled shock absorbers
- Brakes: Pagani by Brembo 4 ventilated carbon-ceramic discs brake unit, 410×38 mm with 6 pistons monolithic calipers at the front and 390×34 mm with 4 pistons monolithic calipers at the rear
- Wheels: APP forged monolithic aluminum alloy, 21” at the front and 22” at the rear
- Tyres: Pirelli PZero Corsa 265/35 R21 at the front and 325/30 R22 at the rear; Pirelli SottoZero for driving in low temperatures