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Pagani has just released a new hypercar called the Imola

Named after the famous racetrack and limited to just 5 units

The Pagani Imola was developed on a proper racetrack. PHOTO FROM PAGANI

In the realm of ultra-high-end automobiles, sales volume is never the top priority. What counts most in this rarest of segments is exclusivity. And customer satisfaction, of course. It’s for this reason that you won’t see the likes of Italian automaker Pagani frequently rolling out models. No, the company’s automobiles are truly very special, and their launches always momentous.

The Pagani Imola you see here is no exception. It is so extraordinary, in fact, that the manufacturer is only making five examples. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the name of the town in Italy where the famous Formula 1 racetrack is located (yes, the same track where the great Ayrton Senna died). The circuit served as a principal venue for the hypercar’s testing and development.

The Imola measures just 1,269mm from ground to roof. PHOTOS FROM PAGANI

Powering the Imola is a 6.0-liter Mercedes-AMG V12 engine rated at 827hp and 1,100Nm, and mated to a seven-speed Xtrac transmission. The use of lightweight materials (including the so-called Carbo-Titanium HP62 G2 and Carbo-Triax HP62 for the monocoque structure) has resulted in a dry weight of just 1,246kg.

Even the paint job—a hue called Acquarello Light—is a boon to the 4,853mm-long vehicle’s overall weight. Pagani claims that this “new bespoke painting system” helped shave off a further 5kg without compromising “color richness, depth and shine.”

No official performance figures have been revealed, but this car should be really, really fast. PHOTOS FROM PAGANI

“The aerodynamic technology behind the Imola is evident in three of its key features,” Pagani Automobili founder and chief designer Horacio Pagani explains in a press statement. “The general outline, the internal aerodynamics and the external aerodynamic details—such as the fins, the winglets and the deflectors. We can’t say that it’s an elegant car. We wanted an efficient vehicle, and just as you’d expect if you were looking at an F1 single-seater, this led us to design a car with additional aerodynamic features. So, although on the one hand these details may detract from the lines and overall aesthetics of the vehicle, on the other, they also allow to improve lap time, ease of driving and especially safety.”

Will you really go flat-out in a hypercar this luxurious? PHOTOS FROM PAGANI

Now, if you’ve been meaning to ask how one might purchase this car, don’t even bother. Besides the fact that it costs a whopping €5,000,000 (and that’s excluding taxes), all units are presumably already spoken for. According to Pagani, this car was developed “with the approval of our customers and their increasing involvement.” So there. Our role here is simply to drool. Nothing more, nothing less.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.