Koenigsegg Brings Two Special Regeras To Geneva
Koenigsegg is no stranger to flexing its muscles at the Geneva Motor Show. This year, the Swedish automaker is doing the double-showcase routine with a pair of other-worldly Regera hypercars. Koenigsegg says that these Regeras imbibe the company’s dual personalities of sportiness and elegance. Promo phrases aside, these Regeras are what they are. They’re objects of automotive lust, exotic hell-raisers that were put on this earth for all of us to drool over. Let the drooling commence in Geneva.
It’s Not in the Works but an Electric Koenigsegg is a Real Possibility
Koenigsegg doesn’t have an all-electric car to its name, but Christian von Koenigsegg isn’t closing the doors on making one. The automaker’s CEO was in attendance at the Canadian International Auto Show and spoke to Autoguide about the possibility of ever seeing an all-electric Koenigsegg down the road. It’s something the company is interested in doing, but there are issues that need to be addressed before an all-electric Koenigsegg can become a reality.
Amazing Video – Crash Testing A Koenigsegg Regera
When it comes to the very tippity top of the supercar and hypercar pyramid, it’s easy to forget that, at the end of the day, these incredible machines are still cars. You know, like real physical objects that exist in the world, as opposed to, say, time machines or inter-dimensional spaceships or hopes and dreams. And, as actual physical objects, these cars sometimes run into things, and because they have ludicrously powerful engines, they sometimes run into things really friggin’ fast. The point, if you’ve stuck with me this far, dear reader, is that supercars and hypercars need to be crash tested, and as a result, we get awesome videos like this.
Watching a $2 million, carbon-fiber-everything bedroom poster get smashed and bashed in a battery of tests is entertaining, no doubt about it, with the poor coupe getting the raw end of the deal from just about every single angle. Hell, the testers even took a giant sledge hammer to it, swinging for the fences on the bumper and under carriage. They also slammed the scissor doors a few times and ran over a curb at speed.
All told, it looks like Mr. von Koenigsegg and crew did a fantastic job, as the Regera appeared to take it all in stride. As a reminder, the Regera comes equipped with rear-/mid-engine twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 pumped up by no less than three electric motors. Peak output is rated 1,797 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear axle by way of a high-tech fixed-gear transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes 2.7 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited at 255 mph.
Koenigsegg Is All Out Of Regera Supercars
In case you’re in the final stages of formalizing a payment plan to pay for the $1.9 million Koenigsegg Regera supercar, you might need to call a halt to the proceedings. Your luck just ran out. See, Koenigsegg only produced 80 examples of the Regera, and all are now accounted for. Word of the “disappointing” development comes straight from Koenigsegg, with a post on the company blog. The car Koenigsegg describes as a “tour de force of technology” is officially sold out.
It’s an impressive achievement to sell $152 million worth of Regeras in such a short amount of time. Remember, the 1,500-horsepower supercar was introduced just 15 months ago at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Considering its price and outright exclusivity, it’s amazing to think that all 80 units now have buyers. There is some good news, though, if you’re still in denial about missing out on the cars. Koenigsegg didn’t identify those who scored one, but it did indicate the possibility of finding any of the 80 Regeras in local dealerships. That could mean that an unspecified number of these supercars were bought to be resold. You’ll definitely have to pay a bigger premium for these cars than you intended, but hey, that’s the price you have to pay for waiting longer than you should have to get yours.
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Koenigsegg Heads To Geneva With A Pair Of Regeras That’ll Turn You Green With Envy And Red With Lust
A few years back, Koenigsegg wowed the world with the debut of the Regera at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. In case you’re unaware, the Regera is an absurdly fast high-powered plug-in hybrid hypercar capable of spinning the world backwards like Superman turning back time. Now, the manufacturer from Sweden is heading back to Switzerland to show off the initial pair of customer-bound Regera models, both of which are still hot off the floor from Keonigsegg’s production facility in Angelholm.
These latest Swedish meatballs represent the first time Koenigsegg has built two individual cars simultaneously, and demonstrate the rapid expansion that the niche automaker has experienced over the course of the past year. That expansion now includes two specific model lines on tap (the Regera and the Agera), a growing dealer network, and a staff that’s nearly doubled in size.
And that’s to be expected when considering the quality of the product on hand. For example, the first Regera slated to show in Geneva is draped in an exterior color similar to British Racing Green. That emerald-like hue is courtesy of a green-tinted clear coat, which shows the carbon fiber weave hiding underneath if you look close enough. Inside the cabin is Saddle Brown leather upholstery with a basket weave, while flat leather is used for the seats, rear wall, doors, and steering wheel. In the corners are Tresex hollow-core carbon rollers, which offer a 40-percent reduction in weight when compared to traditional alloys. The tires are Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4S compound.
Joining the green Regera is another sovereign automobile, this time finished in candy apple red with bare black carbon running up the middle. This example also gets bare carbon for the side intakes, while the cabin gets a black leather interior with Lingonberry trim. Meanwhile, the wheels are three-spoke carbon units in a custom design.
Both owners are expected to take delivery of their respective Regeras in the next few months.
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This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like
Supercars and hypercars, by their definition, are meant to scream for attention. Whether it’s with their outlandish looks, colorful bodies, or their stomach-churning power, these cars are as likely to be as ignored as discounted freshly baked bread. I say this because Koenigsegg is back at it with another one of its employee renderings and the latest design study is a shining example of a stylistic approach that eschews all-around flamboyance in favor of a simpler look meant to showcase the hypercar in about as raw a state as it can be.
This rendering comes by way of Koenigsegg’s current facility manager and overall longtime employee Chrille. According to the Swedish automaker, Chrille (no last name was mentioned) has been around Koenigsegg so long that he’s probably worked in just about every division in the company. Apparently, he’s worked in the composites branch, the finishing station, and the service area, and that doesn’t even include his current occupation as facility manager.
So when pressed to create his very own interpretation of what a Koenigsegg Regera should look like, Chrille took a far different approach with his rendering compared to what everyone else before him has done. Instead of dressing it up in fancy colors and saying that it’s been inspired by this-or-that, Chrille went back to basics... and barely touched the Regera.
Sure, his rendering has tone-on-tone black stripes, anthracite-finished brake callipers, and an optional aerodynamic kit, but the body of the hypercar, by and large, is devoid of any color. We all know that since Regeras are built largely from carbon-fiber, what’s left of the body without any color is the carbon-fiber, or at least in this case, naked carbon-fiber in its complete, unaltered, natural shade. That fact alone makes this particular Regera rendering a true sight to behold, even if it does look a little too close to the Raven Black Regera designed by Koenigsegg’s own art director, Lisa Johansson.
Say what you will about Chrille’s design choice, but you can’t argue that a naked carbon Regera looks just as good as all the other renderings we’ve seen in recent weeks. It may not have their flash and panache, but it is natural. At the end of the day, that counts for a lot too.
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Koenigsegg’s Design Chief Dresses Up Regera In A Popsicle
Well, this is a little different, isn’t it? Koenigsegg’s on-going Regera rendering exercise has yielded some impressive results over the past few weeks. We’ve seen the megacar dressed up in fancy colors like Bordeaux Red and Battleship Grey. We’ve seen the Regera get the all-black treatment. We’ve even seen one Regera rendering inspired by the late music icon Prince. Today, Koenigsegg is back with a new rendering from no less than its chief designer Joachim Nordwall, whose interpretation involves turning a flashy eye on the Regera.
Six renderings into this admittedly impressive exercise, we finally get a Regera in colors typically associated with performance cars of supreme ability. Take a look at it. The orange and white treatment is flashy, flamboyant, and difficult to take your eyes off of, for all the right reasons. If you’re seen driving a Regera in these colors, you better be prepared for the waves of attention you’re automatically going to get. That comes with the territory of having a supercar that pops out even more because of how it looks in vivid color.
This particular Regera rendering also tells us something about the styling preference of the man who led the design effort of the car in the first place. Joachim Nordwall is Koenigsegg’s design chief so you can be sure that when the company was developing the look of the megacar, it had to get the approval of Nordwall before it could proceed to develop and subsequently build. It’s nice to see then that Nordwall isn’t above this particular exercise and it’s even better that he didn’t pull any punches with his interpretation because, at the very least, his rendering of the Regera is definitely not for the meek of spirit. It explodes with color and personality, just like what the Koenigsegg Regera is supposed to be.
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Our Hearts Are Bleeding For This Bordeaux Koenigsegg Regera
Remember when Koenigsegg unveiled a rendering of a Prince-inspired Regera last week, complete with a purple and white treatment that paid homage to the late music icon? Well, whatever Koenigsegg’s employees are doing over there in Sweden, they better keep up this “design-your-own” Koenigsegg Regera contest of sorts. The entertainment is too good! This week, the Swedish automaker is presenting this drop-dead gorgeous Bordeaux-finished Regera that’s making our knees very wobbly.
Turns out, Steven Wade is not the only one with a hidden talent for design on Koenigsegg’s payroll. This new example is brought to us by the creative mind of no less than Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg’s sales director for continental Europe and Scandinavia. His interpretation of how a proper Regera should be dressed hits us in all the right spots. The three-tone color of the body is a sight to behold. The interior is also dressed like a well-kept den in one of those obscenely luxurious mansions in Rhode Island. The color combinations on both sections of the supercar match up perfectly, too, creating one of those rare instances where the car looks just as beautiful on the inside as it does on the outside.
The biggest credit to Bjurmar’s rendition of the Koenigsegg Regera is that the color combinations work so well that real highlight of the supercar – the 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine – was reduced to an afterthought when these images first went public. That’s a huge testament to the taste of Bjumar, especially when you consider that the V-8 powering the Regera works with three electric motors to produce a combined output in excess of 1,500 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque. Match those numbers with a dry curb weight in the vicinity of 3,130 pounds, and you’re looking at a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1. That’s right around the same amount as the Koenigsegg One:1.
And yet, for all of the Regera’s capabilities, this particular rendering is largely defined by the stylistic eye of one of Koenigsegg’s sales director over there in Europe.
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The Koenigsegg Regera is the latest megacar to come out of the mental factory that is Koenigsegg. It’s absurdly powerful, thanks in large part to a hybrid engine that combines to pump out as much as 1,500 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are not misprints; they’re further proof of the Swedish automaker’s insatiable pursuit to bring us the nuttiest and most spell-binding of cars in the world.
We love everything about the Regera and thirst to get as much of it as we can. Fortunately, Koeniggsegg is all-too happy to acquiesce to our demands by releasing the first driving footage of the Regera. We can’t tell who exactly is driving the car and who is running shotgun, but if our ears don’t fail us, the man behind the wheel who is doing most of the talking is none other than Christian von Koenigsegg himself. As for the passenger, the video simply describes him as an “employee.”
None of that matters, though, because the important part about this video is listening to von Koeniggsegg give an explanation of the Regera’s performance capabilities. There’s talk of new features like the shift-down function, hydraulic coupling, and locked coupling. All this technological wizardry will probably be best explained by watching the video in its entirety, as you can also see how these features affect the car’s ride on the road. Oh and if you stick around towards the end of the video, you’re going to hear the Regera’s rip-roaring engine in full scream. That’s something you don’t want to miss either.
Koenigsegg’s showroom area inside its Ängelholm production facility was recently transformed into a new prototype workshop. Inside that workshop, engineers have been busy at work developing designs for future vehicles and new technology for the exclusive automaker. The first thing to come out of this prototype workshop is a system that is now available on the new Koenigsegg Regera, and it goes by the name “Autoskin.”
Autoskin is a technology that adds automation to the Regera. With the use of lightweight hydraulics soft-close mechanisms and proximity sensors, the system can open and close the rear engine cover door, passenger and driver door, and the front luggage door. They system makes the automation seem effortless, and with the proximity sensors, it is safe and practical – adding even more beauty to an already gorgeous car.
Christian von Koenigsegg said, “People often comment on our cars looking spectacular when all the doors of the vehicle are open.” He continued, “Our new Autoskin system enhances this, adding a new level of beauty, practicality and sophistication to the most exciting new hypercar in the world – the Koenigsegg Regera.”
The Regera already comes with a rather unique key, but that key will now include the controls for Autoskin as well. Each door can be opened individually, or if you press “Show Mode,” all doors will open and the spoiler will raise at the same time. If you’re one to pay attention to the small details, don’t worry about weight gain. The whole system adds less that 5kg, (11 pounds) which means performance figures should remain about the same.
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You would think that being Christian von Koenigsegg would mean starting the day by deciding whether to exit the garage in a 2016 Koenigsegg Regera or a 2015 Koenigsegg One:1. Surprisingly though, that isn’t the case. Sitting inside his garage is a Tesla Model S that he apparently uses as a daily driver. He received first Model S in the summer of 2013, and believes it was the first or second delivered in Sweden.
In a recent Q&A, CvK spoke of his first impression of that Model S, and how it inspired him in the creation of the Regera.
“It is one of the best driving experiences ever, which is saying a lot for something that is supposed to be a normal car.” He went on to say that “the response is electrifying,” and “almost better than a Formula One engine because it is so instantaneous.”
It may come as a bit of a shock that Christian drives an American-made EV and genuinely likes it. He even aspired to reach the same level of instant performance in the Regera, but unfortunately couldn’t. It just isn’t something that can be achieved with the traditional combustion engine, given current technology. That may be the case now, but we look forward to seeing what innovations he comes up with in the future.
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Even once every single unit of the 2016 Koensigsegg Regera has been built, it will still be an extremely rare car. Only 80 units of the $1.9 million hypercar will ever be produced, so those not living in Monaco probably won’t catch sight of them all that often. But since Koenigsegg is such a small manufacturer, and can only produce so many cars at a time, there are currently a lot fewer than 80 units to try to spot out in the wild. Yet here we have a video of one spotted near the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
There aren’t any public displays of the kinds of speeds which we know the car to be capable of, but with so much of what we’ve seen of the car so far having been either photos or video footage of it just sitting there, it’s good to be able to see it in motion at all. But even better than is getting to hear the sound, we don’t really hear any particularly high revving, but the sound of the twin-turbo V-8 is amazing at any speed. And for a bonus, we get a shot of the retractable spoiler in action too.
"Something’s happening here, and what it is ain’t exactly clear."
So then, what about this new driveline that Christian K. has come up with? Let’s take a look.
First, don’t call the Koenigsegg Regera’s drive system a “gearless transmission.” Not because there’s no such thing as a “gearless transmission,” but simply because the Koenigsegg Direct Drive isn’t a transmission. A transmission, by definition, varies input speed to output speed. As you might have gathered from the name, the Koni “Direct Drive” doesn’t do that.
The Regera has a truly psychotic power-to-weight ratio. With 1,100 horsepower drawn from its 5.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine and 3,600 pounds to move, few vehicles on Earth can lay claim to comparable power-to-pound ratios. But faster is better, and doing it with less fuel is better still, so read on to unravel this new technology.
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I have come to know and love Tesla, though I try to keep our love affair under wraps for the most part. It’s not fair for myself — a journalist — to attest my love for a brand, but in this case, I feel I am in good enough company to let that little tidbit of information out.
The reason I feel so comfortable doing so is that Christian von Koenigsegg — yeah, the dude who some of the most bad-ass supercars in the world are named after — wears his love for the electric car manufacturer on his shoulder. Yup, he actually drives a Tesla Model S every day. Let that sink in for a second; the guy could drive any one of his hypercars to work, but he prefers his Model S.
He went on to say that he feels that about 80 percent of the cars sold by the year 2020 will be electric.
An added twist to this story is that when Koenigsegg was in the market to snatch up the now-defunct Saab, its intentions were to manufacture and sell all-electric cars. This may have led to Mr Koenigsegg singing a different tune had that gone through.
No matter what way you slice it, it is pretty cool to have him give Tesla the ol’ hat tip.
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Lamborghini has the Estoque, Aston Martin the Rapide and now Koenigsegg has the NVL Quant. Unlike the competition, Koenigsegg is looking to have the Quant be all-electric. Like another low-volume supercar maker, SSC’s Aero EV, Koenigsegg has set up the Quant to hit high speeds and fast recharge times. The company claims that its four-door creation should be able to hit 170 mph or could run for as long as 310 miles on a twenty-minute charge.
Although it’s little more than a styling mockup right now, the NLV Quant is planned to have rear-wheel drive, with four-wheel brake regeneration, ABS and ESP. It is powered by two electrical AC induction electric motors with variable frequency drive and in-line planetary step down drive, one for each rear wheel. The twin-motor design eliminates the need for bevel gears or a differential, further simplifying the lay-out and giving constant and controlled power proportioning to the rear wheels, in both drive and coast mode.
It has a curb weight of 1780 kg and the two electrical motors deliver 512 hp and maximum torque of 715 nm which Koenigsegg says allows the Quant to deliver 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds.
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