Step aside, Huayra BC, because there’s a new Pagani hypercar in town. Meet the Pagani Imola; a limited-run, $5.4 million, track-focused machine from the-comparatively-young Italian automaker.
Developed at and named for the Imola circuit in Bologna, Italy, the latest Pagani model combines exorbitant power and a relatively light curb weight to make it a true menace on the track. Like the Huayra, the Imola relies on a Mercedes-AMG V-12 engine. In the Imola, however, the 6.0-liter engine makes 827 horsepower-107 more than the 2015 Huayra we drove more than five years ago. Those extra horses come well tamed, too, thanks to nearly 10,000 miles of testing at track speeds.
Further assisting the Huayra-based Imola around circuits is a seven-speed automated manual gearbox, sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tires, and an active aerodynamics system that automatically adjusts the car’s four mobile winglets to current driving conditions. Of course, the Imola’s tech wizardry adds up at the scales, so Pagani painstakingly shed as much mass as possible from the car. For instance, a new paint process results in an approximately 11.0-pound weight savings. All in, Pagani reports the Imola sports a dry weight of 2,747 pounds, which is within a few pounds of a Subaru BRZ‘s curb weight.
Additionally, the Imola benefits from reworked suspension geometry that aims to reduce brake dive relative to the brand’s other models, as well as help the hypercar transfer the engine’s 811 lb-ft of torque to the ground with minimal drama. Stopping power comes, meanwhile, comes courtesy of a set of Brembo-supplied six-piston, 15.7-inch front and four-piston, 15.0-inch rear calipers and rotors.
No doubt, the Imola is arguably the most impressive vehicle produced by Pagani. Unfortunately, with only five Imolas earmarked for production—and all already spoken for—it’s unlikely many individuals will ever see, yet alone experience, the model’s on-track capabilities.