Pagani Utopia beat the hybrid trend

The world of cars is turning green.

Manufacturers such as Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren and Porsche are throwing their weight behind hybrid and electric machines that meet emissions targets – and the expectations of increasingly environmentally conscious customers.

The next Lotus supercar runs on pure electric power, as do the Tesla Roadster, the Pininfarina Batista and the Rimac Never.

But Pagani, who specializes in supercars at the boutique, believes there is still room for pure petrol models that prioritize the driving and engagement scene.

Enter the new Pagani Utopia, the follow-up law of Pagani Huayra and Zonda.

Powered by a Mercedes-AMG twin-turbocharged V12, the new Pagani sends a whopping 635 kW and 1100 Nm of power to the rear wheels.

This is an exceptional number when you take into account the weight of the Pagani, which is less than 1,300 kilograms. It weighs less than a turbocharged hot hatch while still having three times more power.

That grunt goes to the rear wheels via a manual, open-wheel gearbox — the kind Ferrari was offering before switching to a semi-automatic transmission.

Other retro touches include the lack of oversized displays in the jewel-like cabin, and Pagani trademark leather fasteners that hold the leather chassis in place.

Cleaner lines are complemented with the simplest package that will appeal to fans of traditional supercars.

Only 99 examples of the Pagani Utopia coupe will be built before the company considers open or track-focused variants.

The manufacturer has not published the price of the car.

As a starting point, expect to dial a figure similar to the $5.5 million Pagani Huayra Roadster plus road driving costs in Australia.

Originally published as Pagani Utopia Bucks Hybrid Trend

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