The Koenigsegg Regera Turns Dark In Raven Black
With the way Koenigsegg is going, let’s hope this whole thing never endsby Kirby Garlitos, on
Let’s face it – the Koenigsegg Regera looks great in just about any color. Whether it’s dressed in purple or burgundy finishes like the two previous examples we’ve seen so far of this admittedly awesome exercise Koenigsegg’s doing, the Regera speaks for itself in more ways than one. That being said, take a good look at this beauty. This Regera rendering is the work of Koenigsegg’s art director, Lisa Johansson, and like somebody who leads some of the most creative minds within Koenigsegg, Johansson’s interpretation of the Regera is a work of understated style and class.
There is an obvious appeal to an all-black look for a car, especially when the car in question is a supercar. It creates a perfect contrast to the car’s incredible and attention-grabbing power and performance capabilities. You might even say that the black finish from nose to tail helps undersell the Regera’s hardcore abilities. Most of all, black is just sexy as heck no matter what era it’s from. It’s a timeless finish that fits in well with the enduring character of the 1,500-horsepower supercar.
Johansson’s all-black Koenigsegg Regera is without question a decidedly different approach from the Prince-inspired purple Regera we saw two weeks ago and the Bordeaux-finished version last week. These three different Regera renderings create three different aesthetic interpretations. It certainly goes without saying that whichever of the three you prefer, you’re not going to hear too many complaints from us.
They all look fantastic and Johansson’s all-black interpretation of the Regera puts some pressure on the next rendering to keep this design exercise’s momentum going. Like I said last week, keep it going, Koenigsegg!
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Black is always a good design point
“There’s something about black. You feel hidden in it.” That quote comes from the late American artist Georgia O’Keefe and no truer words have been spoken. I’m not sure if Lisa Johansson feels the same way, but her design spec of the Regera certainly alludes to it.
Her specific color of choice is Raven Black, which is predominantly made up of a metallic black paint finish with hints of blue thrown in for good measure. If you look at the car closely, “hints” might even be an understatement since you really can’t see them. But they’re there and they play an integral role in adding another layer of personality to the Regera’s classy black look. There is a break in color in the exterior though as Johansson opted for forged web alloy wheels and metallic red brake calipers. Another unique piece of detail in the exterior are the tone-on-tone stripes of carbon fiber running up the hood of the Regera and along the flanks of the supercar.
Move to the interior and there’s an infusion of color in the form of a Lingonberry Red leather treatment with woven inserts and black top-stitching acting as a nice contrast. An Anodized black center console continues the dominant black theme and to make this Regera even more unique than it already is, Johansson threw in even more carbon fiber trim in the cabin.
Overall, Johansson’s Regera appeals to a different kind of customer when you line it up against the personality-driven Regera that copywriter Steven Wade created to pay tribute to the late music icon Prince and the flamboyant Bordeaux Regera designed by Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg’s sales director for continental Europe and Scandinavia.
Note: photos of the Koenigsegg Regera by Steven Wade and the Koenigsegg Regera by Johan Bjurmar.
The three different designs present three different approaches to the Koenigsegg Regera. It’s admittedly hard to pick one design over the other two, but I’m still sticking with the Bjurmar’s Bordeaux Regera because of the combinations that he used in bringing out everything I love in a supercar. I understand the approach Wade took and I certainly appreciate the classy aura of Johansson’s blacked-out version. The latter is a gentleman’s supercar. It’s the kind of car that James Bond will probably appreciate, but as much as I give mad props to that kind of approach, my preference for the Regera is to make it as attention-grabbing as possible, both in looks and performance.
The Bordeaux Regera does that, and then some.
Koenigsegg Regera- Specifications
|Engine||Koenigsegg twin turbo aluminum 5.0-liter V-8|
|Power output – Premium gasoline||1,100 HP @ 7,800 RPM|
|Torque||737 LB-FT @ 2,700-6,170 RPM|
|Max torque||944 LB-FT @ 4,100 RPM|
|Electric propulsion||700 HP|
|Electric torque||663 LB-FT|
|Battery pack||9 kWh 620 Volt, flooded liquid cooled|
|Combined Output||Over 1,500 HP|
|Combined Torque||Over 1,475 LB-FT|
Read our full review on the Koenigsegg Regera here.