Classy Analog Interior
The exterior is special, but the interior is definitely special-er. Horacio Pagani has previously complained about the trend for the large display screens that dominate most high-end automotive interiors. Utopia buyers will be spared the need to deal with one of those. There is a single screen between the mechanical speedometer and rev counter, but everything else is entirely analog. The cabin is built and finished to a standard that makes other hypercars seem shoddy. The steering wheel is milled from a single aluminum block, as are the individual pedals, and the exposed shifter for the seven-speed manual transmission is a design masterpiece in its own right. It would be a crime to choose the robo-box and order this car without it.
While the Pagani Zonda was named after a wind and the Pagani Huayra after a wind god, the Utopia's title has its origins in medieval intellectual thought. "For the philosopher Thomas More in 1516, Utopia was a place that did not exist," the official press release intones, "and ever since then the name has been given to the idealized places of which we dream." Something that seems entirely justified by the finished reality.
Just 99 Utopia coupes will be produced, with these set to be built at a rate of just one a week at Pagani's factory in San Cesario sul Panaro in Modena, Italy, with the first deliveries starting midway through next year for cars fitted with the automated manual gearbox. The manual will follow later. Pagani has also invested the time and money necessary to give the car full federal homologation in the United States—no need for any "show and display" fudges here.
Marketing director Christopher Pagani confirms that the entire run has already been assigned to buyers, despite a price that's the equivalent of $2.5 million. By the increasingly surreal standards of limited-run hypercars, that almost makes it a bargain.