Can the Koenigsegg Gemera and the Polestar Precept Concept Morph Into an Awesome Electric Supercar?
Koenigsegg took the supercar world by storm in early 2020 with the Gemera, a four-seat grand tourer with a hybrid drivetrain that generates up to 1,700 horsepower. Around the same time, Polestar, Volvo’s performance division, unveiled the Precept, a fully electric sports sedan that previews at least one production model.
What do these companies have in common? Not much apart from the fact that both are from Sweden, but their latest Instagram posts suggest they might be working together on a car project.
Koenigsegg To Launch an "Affordable" Supercar In 2020 - Here’s How It’ll Do It
Rumors of an entry-level Koenigsegg have been around for some time now, and while the automaker has addressed those rumors in the past, development of the model hasn’t progressed as fast as you’d expect from an automaker that’s known for building the fastest production car in the world. But the time has finally come. Koenigsegg high-volume entry-level model is expected to arrive in 2020 as the Swedish company shifts its focus from building low-volume supercars into the supercar mainstream, all with the goal of attracting new customers to the fold. Details about the “entry-level” supercar are still under wraps, but it is believed that each model will cost between £700,000 and £800,000. That’s around $900,000 and $1 million based on current exchange rates. It’ll still be expensive, but it’s a far cry from the $3 million record-breakers and road-destroyers that Koenigsegg is famous for.
Koenigsegg Exclusivity Will Drop as the Brand Aims to Taken on Ferrari in the Next Decade
The days of Koenigsegg holding court as one of the most exclusive automakers in the world could come to an end soon. A report from Bloomberg revealed that the Swedish automaker plans to boost its output of performance cars to hundreds of models per year by 2022. Making up most of this increased output is a new “entry-level” supercar that Koenigsegg promises will feature an engine that has better acceleration and efficiency. This yet-to-be-identified model will command a price of $1 million per unit. The goal, according to company boss Christian von Koenigsegg, is to put the company in equal footing with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Koenigsegg Ragnarok? Rumors Swirl Over Agera Successor’s New Name
Koenigsegg’s line of top-shelf performance machines is epic, no doubt about it. But how do you take it a step beyond? Apparently, you need to take a page from Norse mythology for that one, as it was recently revealed that the successor to the Agera might carry the name “Ragnarok.”
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Koenigsegg Teases its Successor for the Agera RS
The successor to the Koenigsegg Agera RS is still months away from arriving, but that hasn’t stopped Koenigsegg from teasing the hypercar in somewhat of a cheeky fashion. According to Motor1, a design sketch of the upcoming hypercar was included in an otherwise standard-looking press release about the opening of a new Koenigsegg dealership in Australia. The sketch doesn’t reveal a lot about the car, but it does give us a good idea on what its rear section is going to look like.
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.
2019 Koenigsegg Sedan
Established in 1994, Koenigsegg is already 23 years old as of 2017. And for a 23-year-old company, it has developed into quite the successful business. It all started with variations of the CC in the early 2000s and continued with the Agera in 2010. In 2015, the Swedish firm launched the Regera, its first ever hybrid. Come 2017 and Koenigsegg is working on brand-new vehicles, one of which is most likely a four-door sedan.
Although not yet confirmed for production, the sedan is more than a rumor, having been discussed by the Swedish brand in many interviews. While it made it pretty clear that it won’t build an SUV (for now), Koenigsegg did admit that a four-door sedan is in the making. Not only the company’s first vehicle that isn’t a supercar, but it could also be the first high-performance luxury sedan with close to (or even more than) 1,000 horsepower. There’s no information as to when the four-door will hit the market, but it’s unlikely that it will happen before the 2019 model year.
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2020 Koenigsegg SUV
Established in 1994, Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg has developed into a notable sports car builder quite rapidly. The CCR and CCX of the mid-2000s placed the brand on the automotive map, while the Agera, introduced in 2010, established its reputation as a solid maker of limited-edition supercars. The One:1 and the Regera further cemented its place among iconic companies such as Ferrari, Bugatti, and McLaren. Come 2017 and Koenigsegg is working on new products, including a four-door sedan. Word has it we might also see an SUV in its lineup in the future, but Christian von Koenigsegg said, back in 2016, that such a project won’t happen. However, we believe that a people hauler is definitely on the company’s drawing table.
While it might not arrive in the immediate future, an SUV wearing the Koenigsegg badge is likely to happen beyond 2020. With Bentley having already joined the market and Lamborghini set to do the same by the end of 2017, Koenigsegg will probably find it difficult to say no in a few years. SUVs are becoming increasingly popular, and a high-performance luxury model would be quite popular among folks with deep pockets. That’s exactly why we created a rendering of a Koenigsegg SUV and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
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Koenigsegg counts itself as one of the few automakers who don’t rely on production volume as a measuring stick for success. That’s completely understandable seeing as one Koenigsegg model routinely costs north of $1 million. But even so, Christian von Koenigsegg has made it clear that he wants a faster turnaround in the production of the company’s supercars in an effort to increase the family of Koenigsegg owners all over the world.
The Swedish company didn’t elaborate on how it plans to do this, but it did shoot out a tweet confirming those plans as it appears that the 30-month wait for a customer to take delivery of a car has become a little too long even for Koenigsegg’s liking. Given that the company only builds one car a month, the slow production time has resulted in a backlog of customers who have to wait 30 months – that’s two and a half years! – to get their hands on their orders. That timetable may have aided in establishing the exclusivity of the brand, but it’s also making customers wait a long time to take deliveries of their hypercars.
That’s what the automaker plans to address in the wake of its first-ever Owner’s Tour where only 13 Koenigsegg owners showed up of the around 150 cars around the world. If the company wants to build on that number in the coming years, it’s going to have to address the production time it takes to build one. Look for more developments coming out in this regard, possibly detailing what Koenigsegg plans to change in its production procedures to accelerate the build of its supercars. Don’t expect a full overhaul of these procedures, though, because the Swedish automaker is going to understandably cautious in striking a balance between faster production times and retaining the company’s exclusivity.
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Koenigsegg Confirms Sedan, Says No to SUV
With so many premium automakers having jumped on the SUV bandwagon in recent years, you’d think that all companies will eventually build one. That’s an interesting thought if we also include high-end manufacturers such as Ferrari, McLaren, and Koenigsegg, and a scenario that’s been covered by several reports as of 2016. And, that’s not surprising given that Lamborghini has already confirmed it’s working on an SUV, and both Bentley and Maserati have revealed theirs.
So are any of these brands looking to launch an SUV anytime soon? McLaren has already said no to it several times in the past, although it recently admitted that MSO could develop one. Now, Koenigsegg has joined the "no SUV" group with company boss Christian von Koenigsegg saying he simply doesn’t want to build one, even though he can imagine a wild product.
“It’d be a pretty wild SUV because you’d have a big tunnel in the center, huge sills, bucket seats. I think it could be a thing the market could accept. But I’m just not a fan of SUVs. To me they are fundamentally flawed. Sure we could sell them, but I don’t want to,” he told TopGear.
On the other hand, von Koenigsegg confirmed that his company is looking beyond two-door supercars, with a high-performance sedan on the drawing board. “It’s a project we’ve been working on for quite some time. I’d be surprised if that’s the next thing we release — because we’re getting such a good response for our traditional type of supercars — but it’s a car I’d love to do," he added.
All told, a four-door Koenigsegg is in the making as we speak, but don’t expect it to hit dealerships anytime soon, as the company is busy enough as it is with the new Regera and final iterations of the Agera.
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In a recent Q&A session with Christian Von Koenigsegg, Koenigsegg was asked if he had considered building an evolved version of the 2015 Koenigsegg One:1 for track-only use. After seeing his response to questions about the 2016 Koenigsegg Regera and its drivetrain, one might expect a longer answer, but instead all he said was:
“That is something we are thinking about. But it wouldn’t be a One:1 because that was optimized as a road car with incredible track performance. This would be a track-only car, which therefore has a different philosophy.”
So, it is official that we never will see a One:1 designed for track-only use, but there sure is potential that we might see something even better. The question is: what?
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Swedish brand Koenigsegg may be famous for its expensive and mind-boggling fast supercars, but it could also build "more normal" vehicles in the future. The big news comes from company owner Christian von Koenigsegg, who told Car Throttle that the technology his team is developing for hypercars could trickle down into more accessible cars.
"Within our company there could be room to start utilizing all the technological developments we have created, and trickle them down into more normal cars," he said, without giving further details as to when that may happen or what sort of cars would such a project include.
However, he did say that these cars won’t be sold with a Koenigsegg badge, as the brand "should stay in this rarified area and make these extreme machines and keep on pushing the limit." Instead, these products would be developed under a new sub-brand or in collaboration with other manufacturers.
Additionally, he stressed that hybrid technology will play a key role in the future for both Koenigsegg and upcoming "normal" vehicles, with a focus on improving the combustion engine as well as developing much lighter and more efficient batteries for electric motors. It’s believed that the 2016 Koenigsegg Regera’s "one-gear transmission" could find its way into more mundane vehicles too.
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"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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One of the problems with owning any of Koenigsegg’s obscenely powerful cars is that you can only scare the bejesus out of one of your friends at a time. But during a conversation with Top Gear at the Geneva Motor Show, company boss and founder Christian Von Koenigsegg revealed that this issue might be addressed with a four-door Koenigsegg in the near future.
"Yes, I can imagine a car like that," he told Top Gear when asked about the possibility of a Koenigsegg sedan. "Maybe within the next five years, possibly earlier than that."
Such a car could require a new chassis or a stretched version of the carbon fiber monocoque architecture the company has been using for years, but considering the pace at which Koenigsegg moves compared to other car companies (seriously, it seems like there’s another newer, faster Koenigsegg every other week), that doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility.
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There is no shortage of horsepower coming from the Koenigsegg stable these days, but two introductions at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show seems to prove that there’s no such thing as too much power. Alongside the 1,500-horsepower Regera hybrid megacar, Koenigsegg has also used its home-turf motor show to reveal a track-focused version of the Agera: the Agera RS.
Slotting in between the 1,124-horsepower Agera R and the 1,341-horsepower One:1, the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS focuses on improved aerodynamics and power and weight reduction to make this car the “ultimate track tool.” As an analogy, the Agera RS will be to the One:1 what the 911 GT3 is to the 911 Turbo, giving up some top-end power in the name of enhanced handling and cornering abilities.
After all, once you get above 1,000 horsepower, is there really that big a difference? To that question, the Agera RS is an emphatic and high-priced “yes.”
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Since being founded in 1994, Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg has only built 115 cars, so you’d be forgiven for not realizing they were never officially sold in North America. According to Car and Driver, that’s all set to change in 2015 when Koenigsegg will be officially launching in the United States and Canada.
Its numbers have probably earned a permanent place in your memory banks, but Koenigsegg’s latest and greatest is the One:1. and It comes with 1,340 horsepower and has a dry weight of 1,340 kg (around 2950 pounds). In other words, horsepower per kilogram. Top speed is estimated to be around 248 mph and 0 to 60 is dispatched in 2.8 seconds.
So, why does all this matter? Because Manhattan Motorcars in New York City has been tipped to sell the one and only One:1 that is officially slated to be exported to North America. That’s more than a little ironic, since Manhattan has to be on some list of worst places in the world to drive a car with 1,340 horsepower, that’s nearly seven feet wide and sits just about three inches off the ground. It also won’t be fully road legal. The owner will only be allowed to drive the car on the road under “show and display” conditions, but that sounds like a provision with plenty of loopholes.
In addition to the New York dealership, Car and Driver says there will be three more opening in the U.S. and Canada, which will sell the more plebian Koenigsegg Agera (it makes do with just 1,140 horsepower) and a new Koenigsegg to be announced last year. Federalizing a car is no small deal for a boutique manufacturer. North America-bound Koenigseggs will include smart airbags, which is a component that more established small manufacturers like Lotus and Aston Martin have had trouble with.
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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.
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People have been talking about the Koenigsegg One:1 for about a year now, but until now, we had no official details on the upcoming hypercar. In a recent interview with Business Week, Christian von Koenigsegg offered the first unofficial numbers on Koenigsegg’s upcoming halo car.
Koenigsegg named the next hypercar "One:1" because Koenigsegg hopes it to be the first model to achieve a one-to-one ratio of weight and horsepower: 1,400 kg (3,086 pounds) and 1,400 horsepower.
As you likely expected, these numbers will help it deliver incredible performance figures. According to von Koenigsegg, the One:1 will be the fastest Koenigsegg yet, with an estimated top speed of 450 km/h (279.6 mph). If this becomes a reality, the One:1 would also smash the much-disputed current world record held by Bugatti Veyron Super Sport of 268 mph.
Next to this incredible top speed, the One:1 will also be the fastest car in the world from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph), from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) and from 0 to 400 (248.5 mph). Koenigsegg expects the One:1 to hit 400 km/h (248.5 mph) in just 20 seconds. To put that into perspective, the Bugatti Veyron needs a "pedestrian" 45 seconds to hit the same speed.
Koenigsegg hopes to offer a prototype version by the end of the year, and like the Veyron, he expects to lose money with each model sold.
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Rumors about a four-door model from Koenigsegg started to circulate last week. Today we bring you first TopSpeed rendering of the future sporty sedan that will make its official debut in 2010 as a concept model at the Geneva Motor Show and as a production model in 2011. The currently unnamed sedan will compete with models like Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera.
The four-door model is supposed to have been under development for the past two years and will be made entirely out of carbon fiber. Power should come from a V8 engine that will develop around 700 hp. This engine will help the car to hit a top speed of around 215 mph. The sedan will be limited to only 70-80 units and will be cheaper than the CCX.
It’s starting to seem like supercar makers see the path to riches will be paved with four doors. Aston Martin will have the Rapide, Porsche the Panamera, and now a new contender comes from an unlikely source. Swedish supercar maker, Koenigsegg is looking to launch its own sedan by 2011. A sneak peak should be available when a concept version is revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.
The four-door model has been in development for the past two years. It will drop the engine found on the CCX in favor of a new V8 with 700bhp. It will be built entirely out of carbon fiber – but is not based on the same architecture as the CCX.
According to Andreas Petre, Koenigsegg’s Dubai manager, the future model will have a top speed of over 215 mph. "The four-door will be slightly cheaper than the CCX, and we hope to build 70-80 cars a year," Petre said. The U.S. is expected to account for 50 percent of sales, with Asia taking 30 percent, and the Middle East 20 percent.
With all of these "super-sedans" on the horizon, it looks like at least one of the companies may finally have a chance to succeed where the Bugatti EB 218 (pre-Volkswagen) could not get off the ground.