For The Utopia, Pagani Opted For A V12 Engine Over A Hybrid V8 With 1,000 Horsepower

Pagani unveiled the Huayra successor earlier this month, and it has a beautiful twin-turbo V12 capable of producing 852 horsepower. […]


Pagani unveiled the Huayra successor earlier this month, and it has a beautiful twin-turbo V12 capable of producing 852 horsepower. A 6.0-liter engine with such a 60-degree cylinder-to-cylinder angle and a seven-speed manual combine to give the one percent a twelve-cylinder sportscar with 811 pound-feet of torque that they can row themselves (1,100 Newton-meters). If the Italian brand had adopted a different configuration, it would have been able to increase production even more.

Top Gear magazine’s interview with Horacio Pagani revealed that the firm has access to the AMG GT 63 S E Performance’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 hybrid configuration. The plug-in hybrid system in Affalterbach’s supersedan generates 831 horsepower, but Utopia’s technology could have produced 1,000 horsepower. To move to the electric route, rear-wheel drive would have had to be replaced by all-wheel drive.

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To make matters worse, the weight of a battery-powered Utopia would have exceeded that of the V12 model. Keep in mind that Pagani’s newest creation weighs only 1,280 kg when dry (2,622 pounds). The amount of time lost due to the V8 hybrid variant’s slower lap time around the Nürburgring in computer simulations is unknown, although it may have been as much as five seconds.

Remember that the AMG GT 63 S E Performance is only available with a nine-speed, double automatic transmission; whether or not the manual gearbox could have been converted to function with the hybrid configuration is unknown. The Utopia is also available with a speedy automatic manual transmission that has seven speeds and helical gears.

All 99 units Pagani planned to produce have been sold for a whopping $2.19 million. Expect a slew of Utopia variants, much like the Huayra and, notably, the Zonda.

Pagani has learned at least two things about its consumers throughout the years that Huayra has been on the market. To begin, no one would ever consider purchasing an electric Pagani, and why would you assume otherwise? Second, Horacio Pagani found out that some potential buyers of Huayra decided against purchasing it since it was only offered with an automatic gearbox. It is clear that Pagani buyers are traditionalists; as Mr. Horacio so brilliantly puts it, his target market “wants to experience emotions while driving; they don’t care for pure performance.”

The Italian carmaker Pagani Automobili chose against a 1,000-horsepower V8 engine for the newly launched Utopia masterpiece in part because it recognizes the attractiveness of its brand comes in the things it does differently and the high standards it attaches itself to.

The mysterious Horacio Pagani recently spoke with Top Gear, where he disclosed that Mercedes-AMG had volunteered to provide the car with the GT 63 S E Performance’s amazing 831 horsepower motor. Furthermore, Pagani expects Mercedes-AMG to continue providing engine assistance in the future. As a result, there are two sources of power in this all-wheel-drive monster: a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and a permanently synchronous motors electric motor.