What Is the Koenigsegg Mission 500 Concept and When Can You See It?
Koenigsegg-related bits of news are a rare occurrence on the internet, unless the Swedish carmaker really has something to communicate. In fact, since Christian von Koenigsegg announced that Koenigsegg appointed Alexander ‘Sasha’ Selipanov as its Head of Design, there’s been complete radio silence.
But with the 2020 Geneva Motor Show already profiling on the horizon, we are now presented with rumors about a Koenigsegg Jesko-based concept car slated to make an appearance in March. Its purpose? At this point, rather unclear, but it could involve reaching or breaking the 500 kph or 310 mph speed barrier.
2020 Koenigsegg Jesko
The Koenigsegg Jesko is the company’s latest supercar, third megacar, and spiritual successor to the iconic Agera. Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Jesko boasts a power-to-weight ratio greater than 1:1, which means its engine generates more horsepower than the car’s total curb weight in kilograms. Koenigsegg offered similar versions of the One:1 and Agera, but the Jesko takes things one step further with an impressive downforce rating of 2,205 pounds.
Named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of company founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg, the Jesko marks the debut of the firm’s latest carbon-fiber chassis and nine-speed multi-clutch transmission. It’s also supposed to hit at least 300 mph according to Koenigsegg, so it could improve the Agera RS’ 277-mph world record really soon. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
A Pair of Jet Engines Looks Eerily at Home on the Koenigsegg Jesko
Here’s an original idea that nobody thought about before: slapping the world’s hypercars with jet engines through pixel manipulation, just for the fun of it.
This might come as a surprise, but it’s not often that we get to see hypercars (or regular cars, for that matter) fitted with the kind of hardware you’d expect to see on Star Wars-inspired battleship. I mean, sure, Porsche did have a go at designing a starship for the latest Star Wars installment ‘The Rise of the Skywalker,’ but that’s a totally different story than simply attaching two jet engines on the back of one of the most revered hypercars out there. Instagram user @plastiliner had this crazy idea, and we’re applauding it.
On-Board Video Shows Koenigsegg Regera Romp Its Way To Record 0-249-0 MPH Run
The Koenigsegg Regera’s record-setting 0-250-0 mph run was the talk of the auto world late last month, largely because the hypercar needed only 31.49 seconds to do it. Not only did the Regera establish a world record, but it did so by shattering the previous record — held by the Koenigsegg Agera RS — by almost two seconds. This new record is the kind that other automakers would die to own, but at this point, it’s become kind of old hat for a company like Koenigsegg. This is, after all, the same car brand that officially owns the fastest production car title record, among other records. The Swedish automaker provided footage of the Regera’s record-breaking run, and while it did look like the Regera could’ve waltzed its way into the record books, the same scene looks completely different from inside the hypercar. That’s the video we’re about to see and it tells a lot from the perspective of Koenigsegg factory driver Sonny Persson, the man who drove the Regera to the record books.
Your car probably has three coats of paint. It has a primer, basecoat, and a clear coat. And, honestly, it is enough to protect the metal and to give your car a lovely exterior hue. However, in recent years, since some manufacturers started creating really expensive vehicles, we are spoiled with some incredible paint options. I remember when Bugatti revealed the Veyron L’Or Blanc. It is a car covered with porcelain. Now, that’s a finish you don’t see every day. Then, BMW sold 30 units of the M3 painted in Frozen Gray. It was a $20k paint option. Owners had to promise BMW and sign an agreement that the car will never be polished or sent to an automatic car wash — talking about the delicacy! Now, however, it seems that all of these paint jobs simply pale in the presence of the astounding Koenigsegg Jesko. Created from no less than 30 coats of paint (Kosilla says 34 coats of paint), the Koenigsegg Jesko’s paint finish may well be the best finish on a car. Ever!
What Can Koenigsegg Accomplish With The Man Behind The Bugatti Chiron?
When Christian von Koenigsegg founded the company in 1994, the aim was crystal-clear: develop world-class sports cars. But since then, that creed expanded to include supercars and hypercars. Today, Koenigsegg is one of the most respected and sought-after brands in the business, managing to keep an exclusivity aura that’s only equaled by the likes of Bugatti and Pagani. Which makes signing a designer that had plenty of input in the concocting of the Chiron a natural move. Certainly not eyebrow-raising. Sasha Selipanov was also part of the design team the penned the Lamborghini Huracán and during his short stint at Genesis, where he worked under Luc Donckerwolke. We’ll get back further down the road, as we have a look at what kind of a contribution can Mr. Selipanov make to Koenigsegg’s design language.
Koenigsegg Throws Serious Shade at Bonhams for Undervaluing a Koenigsegg One:1
Koenigsegg is none too happy with Bonhams for what the automaker believes is a dropped deuce on the auction house’s valuation of a One:1 hypercar. The specific One:1, which once belonged to Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and the son of Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who happens to be the President of the same country, is part of a ridiculous collection of supercars that were seized by the Geneva Police after the veep was charged with money laundering and unfair management of public interests. In addition to the One:1, the seized collection, which will be auctioned off by Bonhams, also includes a McLaren P1, a Bugatti Veyron, a Lamborghini Veneno, and more than 20 other models. Koenigsegg, though, isn’t concerned as much for the other cars as it is in the auction house’s valuation — $1.8 million to $2.4 million — of the mighty Swedish hypercar. Is the Koenigsegg One:1 worth more than Bonhams’ valuation, knowing that it was probably purchased using dirty money? That might depend on who you ask.
New Hypercar Rules Could See Koengisegg Race The Jesko At Le Mans
We first saw the Koenigsegg Jesko at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. There, the replacement of the Agera RS, the current world’s fastest production road car, gathered quite the crowd, not least because of the Swedish automaker’s insane performance claims: that the Jesko puts out 1,578 horses on E85 biofuel or that a low-downforce version could reach 300 mph. Soon, though, we may see the Jesko do other things that the Agera RS never dreamt of doing besides traveling at 300 mph, such as going to the races. What races? The ones in the World Endurance Championship.
The Koenigsegg Jesko, a limited-run hypercar that could reset our standards for what’s fast and what’s outrageously fast, is merely the latest proof that Christian Von Koenigsegg and his motley crew means business. The Swedes thought that having a car in their stable that could do 278 mph on a public road (not on a gimmicky oval like Nardo) is not enough and, as such, the Jesko betters the Agera RS in almost all conceivable ways. It’s so incredible that if Koenigsegg does decide to turn it into a racing car, it won’t race with the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Aston Martin Vantage, the Chevy Corvette and all of the other GTs, instead gunning for the overall honors courtesy of the new Prototype Hypercar rules that will come into effect in 2020.
2020 Koenigsegg Jesko Cherry Red Edition10
As if special isn’t special enough, the 125-unit Koenigsegg Jesko is giving birth to a one-off edition called the Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10. Priced at over $3 million, the Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10 is what happens when you double down on the excess because, well, you can. The one-off hypercar isn’t a direct Koenigsegg special edition; it’s not like, say, the Koenigsegg Agera RS Naraya, Agera R BLT, or the CCXR Platinuss E100. The Koenigsegg Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10 was commissioned by an online luxury car sales portal called Luxuryandexpensive. It’s a fitting name for a company that’s looking to create as much attention to its business as it can. What better way to do it, too, than by ordering a one-off version of a hypercar that could rewrite all types of automotive performance records when it hits the streets in the next few years. Production of the Koenigsegg Jesko starts at the end of 2020. Expect the Jesko Cherry Red Edition 10 arrive sometime after production goes full-swing.
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.
Crash Testing a Koenigsegg is Expensive, So The Company Has a Novel Solution
Every automaker that builds road-going cars has to comply with the same safety standards in every market their vehicles are sold in. That means that even small companies like Koenigsegg must meet the same standards as mass-production companies like Chevrolet, Ford, Mercedes, and the like. Well, for these massive companies, crashing 10 $30,000 dollar cars isn’t a big deal – it’s relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things, and it doesn’t hurt inventory numbers in any way, shape or form. Most companies even allocate a certain number of vehicles to crash testing. For Koenigsegg, though, the company only builds a handful of cars and the process is nowhere near as simple as it is for Chevy to build a Cruze of Mercedes to build an A-Class – everything is custom, everything is expensive, and crash testing even one model could be a very expensive, even disrupting ordeal to the company. But, the solution is really a simple one – Koenigsegg crash tests the same car over and over again.
Okay, so it’s not exactly that simple, but you get the idea – the company crash tests a specific car, then rebuilds it for another run. In doing this many, many times, the company is able to comply with the same crash-testing rules as companies that produce in mass. All in all, the company need just one carbon fiber monocoque to do all crash testing for a new model. As Christian von Koenigsegg put it, "We destroy the bodywork on the outside, subframes, crash members and so on, but not the most integral and most expensive part of the car.” "This is very unusual," he continued. "If you take a large car manufacturer, it’s much cheaper for them to take a car out of the production line, crash it, throw it away, and take another one. In our case, it’s completely different. It’s cheaper to rebuild and repair, smashing the same car."
Apex:One actually got access to some footage from within the bowels of Koenigsegg that shows off the various crash tests the company performed to the Regera. If you’re not completely stunned just by seeing a car of this caliber destroyed – it really is almost tear-inducing – the maybe you’ll be stunned by the realization of just how strong the car’s carbon-fiber body work is. I dare you to go out and pound on your Ford Explorer’s door or hood with a hammer and see how that works out for you. Anyway, go ahead and check out the video below and let us know what you think. It’s pretty amazing, to say the least.
Surprise, Surprise - The 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko is Already Sold Out
You’d need a dictionary of superlatives to appropriately describe Koenigsegg’s latest creation, the Jesko. That’s because it is a hypercar with a credible bid to reach 300 mph, is powered by a 1,578 horsepower 5.0-liter V-8, and it is no longer available. That is right, all of the 125 units have already found an owner, and that means you’ll have to wait until one of them decides to sell his or hers at a premium.
The Jesko is Koenigsegg’s replacement for the Agera. You can spot the shared DNA if you look at the roofline and the greenhouse but, beyond that, the Jesko is a step into the future in almost all areas. People seem to dig this evolutionary pattern as they flocked to buy the Jesko, named in honor of Christian Von Koenigsegg’s father, even before it was officially unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. In fact, 83 of the 125 Jeskos that will be made were sold prior to the Swiss show.
The 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko Took the Geneva Motor Show by Storm, But It’s the "Sister Car" That Could be the Record-Breaking Version of the Two
Koenigsegg dropped a bombshell at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show when the Swedish automaker unveiled the Jesko hypercar, the follow-up model to the record-breaking Agera. All eyes naturally gravitated towards the beautiful exotic, but just as company CEO Christian von Koenigsegg started talking shop about the Jesko and it’s all-conquering capabilities, he made mention of a “sister car” that prioritizes performance over downforce. There’s no official name to that model yet, but for now, von Koenigsegg calls it the “Jesko 300.” If you need to ask what the “300” in the name signifies, then you need to start paying more attention to the real-world stakes in the auto industry’s hypercar segment.
2020 Koenigsegg Jesko Packs More than 1,500 HP and could hit 300 mph
With the Agera discontinued in 2018, Koenigsegg entered 2019 with only one vehicles in its catalog, the hybrid Regera. But the Swedish company acted fast and unveiled a replacement for the Agera at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s called the Jesko and Koenigsegg claims it will hit more than 300 mph!
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.
Meet the 2018 Koenigsegg KNC Regera, The World’s First Naked Carbon Vehicle
Koenigsegg is no stranger to technological innovation. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Swedish automaker is at the forefront of naked carbon fiber technology, becoming the first automaker in the world to create a car that’s finished entirely out of naked carbon fiber. Koenigsegg has even created a name for it: Koenigsegg Naked Carbon, or “KNC” for short. By Koenigsegg’s admission, the process of creating KNC took years to come together. What began as applications on wheels, wings, splitters, and steering wheels has evolved into a full-blown treatment on an entire car, which Koenigsegg calls the KNC Regera. The one-off creation isn’t for sale because someone who lives in Switzerland already owns it.
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 Says Good-Bye To The Agera With Final Editions Thor and Väder
It’s time to say goodbye to the Koenigsegg Agera, and the Swedish automaker is giving it a proper send off by creating three Final Edition models, including the last two Ageras named “Thor” and “Väder.” The final two Ageras have just been completed, and they’re scheduled to make their debuts at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s been a great eight-year run for the hypercar, capped off by claiming the fastest production car record from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. But, there’s always an end to all good things, and the Agera is no exception.
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.
Video of the Day: Sit Inside a Koenigsegg Agera RS as it Runs to a Top Speed of 284 MPH
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is one mean machine with a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 1,160 horsepower and, apparently, a top speed of 284 mph. It’s a lot more than just power, though, as Koenigsegg put a significant focus on aerodynamics and weight reduction for better handling and cornering ability. Those aerodynamics include a new front splitter and winglets to go with lower side skirts and an absurd rear spoiler. That spoiler, by the way, develops nearly 1,000 pounds of downforce at just 155 mph. With that in mind, can you imagine how much downforce was being created when the RS in this video managed to hit 284 mph? Let’s just say it has to be utterly outrageous. This isn’t something you want to try at home, folks, but if you do, please try to record it and send us a copy.
Anyway, we’ve embedded the video below. Check it out for yourself, then switch on over to our full review of the Koenigsegg Agera RS to learn more about it!
Koenigsegg Agera RSN Lays Waste To VMax200 Top Speed Record
The Koenigsegg Agera RSN has set a new VMax200 top speed record, eclipsing the two-year record held by another Koenigsegg, the One:1. For those who aren’t familiar with the VMax200, it’s a top speed event that’s held several times per year at airfields around the U.K. The latest edition took place over the weekend on a 2.1-km track at Kendew Barracks, an airfield located east of Leicester. The Agera RSN — it’s actually an Agera RS — turned in a scintillating run with Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja behind the wheel.
Video of the Day: The Koenigsegg One:1 Lays The Smack Down On The Bugatti Chiron in Forza 7
The Koenigsegg One:1 and the Bugatti Chiron are two of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. It’s a shame that we haven’t seen these two hypercars share a drag strip together, but for those who are wondering which of these two exotics is faster than the other, wonder no more. YouTube user Ericship111 lined them up together on Forza 7 for an old-fashioned drag race, and the result may surprise you. The Swedish hypercar thoroughly dismantled its French rival, leaving it in its dust without even batting an eyelash.
Dubbed Agera XS, This one-off vehicle has custom features inside and out, and is the first Agera created specifically for a U.S. customer. Just like the RS it is based on, the XS is an evolution of the One:1 and incorporates much of the technology developed for the "Megacar."
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What is the Cheapest Koenigsegg?
The cheapest Koenigsegg model is the Regera with an MSRP of $1.9 million. Having said that, even if you do have $1.9 million laying around and you plan to buy one, you can’t. Koenigsegg built only 80 of them and all of them already have owners, so, in fact, the cheapest Koenigsegg you can actually buy is also the only that you can still order: the $3 million Jesko. Earlier in 2019, Koenigsegg announced that its partnership with Chinese-backed Swedish electric car startup NEVS will result in the production of a much cheaper, all-electric Koenigsegg to be unveiled in the first half of 2020. It’ll cost somewhere in the region of $900,000 to $1 million and roughly 100 will be built each year and that’s proper mass production for a brand such as Koenigsegg.
What is the Sportiest Koenigsegg?
The sportiest Koenigsegg is the Jesko. Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, the Swedish automaker’s newest hypercar cranks out 1,600 horsepower - on E85 gasoline - and 1,106 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter V-8 that’s mated to a nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission dubbed the Light Speed Transmission (LST). The Jesko’s carbon-fiber tub is covered by a redesigned body (compared to the Agera RS that it replaces) with dive planes and winglets all over as well as a myriad of intakes, a huge diffuser, and a massive splitter, all meant to make the car go faster with the rear-wheel steering system helping it do that in the corners. Koenigsegg says the Jesko will exceed 278 mph flat out and we expect to see a trimmed out version come out sometime in the future that’ll try and go for the 300 mph mark.
What is the Most Popular Koenigsegg?
The Regera can be considered the most popular Koenigsegg since, by the company’s own admission, its 80-unit production run was the biggest in the company’s 25-year history. With all 80 already sold, the Regera is the most popular model ever made by the Swedes and we’ll probably have to wait until Koenigsegg introduces that much-lamented entry-level model for it to be dethroned. Having said that, Koenigsegg has made more cars based on the CC8S over the years - even the Agera series of models is loosely based on that design philosophy although they aren’t directly related per se.
What is the Most Expensive Koenigsegg?
The most expensive Koenigsegg is the Jesko. With a price tag of $3 million, it’s $1.1 million more expensive than the Regera and about $500,000 more expensive than the Agera RS. However, both of these models are out of production, so, as mentioned, the most expensive Koenigsegg is also the cheapest as it’s the only that the company based in Ängelholm is currently taking orders for.
What is the Fastest Koenigsegg?
The fastest Koenigsegg is the Jesko. We don’t really know how fast the Jesko can go on E85 fuel (to be able to utilize all of those 1,600 ponies) but Koenigsegg told us it can surpass 278 mph. For reference, the fastest production car in the world - which is a Koenigsegg Agera RS - reached 277.87 mph in 2017 to take the record away from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The Agera RS was clocked at 284.55 mph in a one-way run. If the rumors turn out to be true, then Koenigsegg will try and smash its own record with a special version of the Jesko that’ll feature a leaner aerodynamic package for less drag.
Are Koenigsegg Cars Reliable?
There’s no denying that when you buy a car worth in excess of $2 million, you’re going to baby it the whole time it is in your ownership. That’s what happens with most Koenigseggs out there, the status of ’garage queen’ assured once the car rolled off the production line because of its scarcity, pedigree, and price. Of course, these cars are meant to be driven, not parked in a garage, and some do get driven. However, owners have told stories of poor reliability in comparison to Paganis or Bugattis although the overall experience with the cars seems positive.