Koenigsegg Prepares New Entry-Level Model
Koenigsegg isn’t just content with being an exclusive brand for the rich and super rich; it also wants to cater to people who can’t afford their supercars. So the company is thinking of adding an entry-level model in its mix, although by its definition of "entry-level", it’s talking about a car that costs just $600,000. The company’s dictionary sure is a lot different from the rest of us.
Speaking to Motoring Australia at the New York Auto Show, Christian Von Koenigsegg expressed his plan to add a little diversity to the Koenigsegg lineup. Instead of just offering hypercars that come with seven-digit price tags, Von Koenigsegg is looking to add a new model that will only cost six digits, or to be more specific only twice as expensive as a Lamborghini Aventador.
We can make light of Koenigsegg’s relative idea of "entry-level", but we can’t deny that such a car sounds no less interesting than its current models. He indicated that this model will still retain a high degree of exclusivity that should bode well for those wanting a Koenigsegg but can’t afford the $1.3 million price tag of the Agera. There are people with that kind of money, especially in the Chinese and U.S. markets replete with car-loving individuals that have the deep pockets to match their thirst for speed and exclusivity.
Koenigsegg didn’t divulge a whole lot of details about this "entry-level" supercar, but you have to wonder what the timetable is for this car’s arrival.
Here’s to hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
Click past the jump to read more about the current Koenigsegg Agera R.
Why It Matters
It matters because Koenigsegg is one of the most exclusive automakers in the world. The fact that it’s planning on expanding its lineup to enter a new segment goes to show that there are enough people in this world that can make this expansion worthwhile for them.
Imagine how you’ve always wanted your own Koenigsegg but didn’t have the money to buy one. Now you can, even if the price tag is still pretty steep.
The Koenigsegg Agera R is in that weird position of arguably being one of the most powerful supercars on the planet that isn’t even the most powerful in its family. That’s a distinction reserved for the One:1 megacar, but even if it has to bow to the One:1, the Agera R is still a beastly supercar in its own right.
The Koenigsegg exotic comes powered by an in-house-developed 5.0-liter, V-8 engine with twin turbos that develops a total of 1,140 horsepower — an improvement of 25 horsepower over the 2012 model year.
The Agera R can hit a top speed of 273 mph and currently holds four different records: 0 to 300 km/h in just 14.53 seconds, 300 to 0 km/h in just 6.66 seconds, from 0 to 200 mph in 17.68 seconds and from 200 to 0 mph in 7.28 seconds.