Pagani Utopia Replaces Huayra With 852 HP And Manual 'Box

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Only 99 units will be built and all have been sold, each with a $2.5 million price tag.

It's not every day that Pagani unveils a new car. The Zonda seemingly never died and the Huayra has been in production since 2011. Based on recent teasers, we knew the Modena-based supercar company was working on a new model under the codename C10. Now, the C10 has finally arrived for production, and it's called the Pagani Utopia. While the rest of the industry pushes towards electrification, the Utopia embraces its namesake as a final safe haven for gasoline lovers. It uses a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine built specifically for Pagani by Mercedes-AMG.

Output is rated at 852 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque going out to the rear wheels only. A seven-speed transversal automatic gearbox from Xtrac is available, or for the first time since the Zonda, buyers can opt for a gated seven-speed manual transmission. This engine apparently sounds so good, Horacio Pagani composed piano pieces to be played by the Symphony Orchestra of the Milan Conservatory for the Utopia's reveal.

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As with the Zonda and Huayra, the Utopia is made from Carbotanium, a combination of carbon fiber and titanium for maximum strength and the lightest weight possible. The whole car tips the scales at only 2,822 pounds (dry weight), an unfathomably low number for a V12 car with over 800 hp. Pagani has not quoted any performance figures, but we expect the Utopia to be blisteringly quick.

The car's exterior is shaped for aerodynamics after extensive wind tunnel testing, and bears some resemblance to the limited edition Pagani Codalunga. Some of the details here are simply exquisite, including the jet turbine-inspired taillights, active suspended aero, turbine wheels, glass roof pieces, Pagani signature quad-exhaust, and leather straps to secure the bodywork in place. Rather than gullwing doors like the Huayra, the Utopia's doors open up and out like a butterfly.

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Pagani builds some of the finest interiors of any automaker, and the Utopia is no exception. Like its predecessors, the Utopia's interior blends the past with the future in a steampunk sort of way. There are no massive touchscreens inside, actually taking a step back in that department compared to the Huayra. But who needs Apple CarPlay when you have hand-milled aluminum gauges and controls? There are so many neat details inside, we can't even spot them all from the provided images.

The shifter linkage is our favorite element of the interior. Not only is it proudly displaying a gated manual 'box, but it also leaves the gear linkage exposed like a Spyker and past Paganis. The transmission itself looks like a work of art, and we imagine it will be a work of art to use as well. We hope most buyers choose to row their own gears in the Utopia, but that shouldn't be a problem - Horacio Pagani reveals that many customers ignored the Huayra simply because a manual was not available.

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Speaking of owners, very few people will have the opportunity to own the Pagani Utopia. The Italian automaker will only build 99 units total, though we wouldn't discount the possibility for a roadster, special editions, one-offs, and spin-off models knowing Pagani's history. We are sorry to disappoint our readers, but all 99 are reportedly spoken for despite a roughly $2.5 million price tag.

Deliveries for the automatic model start next year, while the manual model will arrive later. Pagani supposedly wants the car to be fully homologated for the US so prospective owners won't need to exploit any loopholes to drive it on our roads.

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