Koenigsegg Regera – A Car From Another World

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The 1500-horsepower Koenigsegg Regera has the world ‘s elite automakers playing catch-up

When Christian von Koenigsegg founded his eponymous Swedish supercar company in 1994 at the age of 22, he fully expected to fail. But the upstart from Stockholm decided to chase his dream anyway.

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Christian von Koenigsegg

“If I don’t do it now, I will probably never do it,” he thought at the time. Two decades -and 125 cars- later, he’s done more than just exceed expectations. With the amazing gas-electric Regera rolling off the newly expanded assembly line later this year, Koenigsegg is pioneering new technologies that even traditional powerhouses like Ferrari can’t top.

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Car nuts may argue the relative merits of manual transmissions and paddle-shifted automatics, but the Regera blows up that debate by eliminating the gearbox entirely. The R 28 000 000 rolling sculpture routes 1,100 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8 combustion engine directly to the rear wheels, supplementing its power with three electric motors rather than using the leverage of traditional gear ratios.

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Two-hundred fifteen electric horses go directly to the V8, with each rear wheel getting its own 241-horsepower electric motor, meaning the whole system tops out at a sternum-crushing 1,500 horsepower.

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The combination provides for the most powerful electric drive system in production car history, rendering benchmarks like zero to 60 almost quaint: The Regera can do 150 km/h to 250 km/h in 3.2 seconds, with power to spare. And she’ll take you from a standstill to 400 km/h in less than 20 seconds. Equally dramatic are the remote-controlled, hydraulically actuated hoods, wings and doors, which pop out and flip forward in a mesmerizing dance. But then, nothing about the Regera, which means “to reign” in Swedish, is average.

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The company plans to build just 80 of the ground-breaking machines, which is probably a good thing for any heritage manufacturers out there that have more in the way of name recognition than fresh ideas.

“No one else can do what we are doing,” says Koenigsegg. “If you want that innovative technology, you can’t get it anywhere else.”

Koenigsegg Agera XS

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Based and closely linked to the phenomenal Agera RS, the new XS is the next step on the evolutionary path of the beloved eggs! It features the same twin-turbo 5.0cc V8 with 1.160hp and 1.280Nm of torque, obviously distributed on the rear axle only, but it appears to our eyes with a further refined aerodynamic kit, not only to satisfy the aesthetic, but also the functionality of the new appendages. The rear spoiler is for example the largest ever mounted on a Koenigsegg and according to his father and founder Christian Von Koenigsegg, it has been made on the request of customers who have already made sure to get one of these babies in their garage.

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Another aspect that can’t help but pick up our consensus is the chromatic pattern, the orange (Karosserie Orange) joining bare carbon fiber closely recalling the Auto Class logo. The same pattern is found inside, where we are greeted by the well-known futuristic cockpit, at the same time extremely comfortable and sporty. A sure candidate for the top 5 of every car guy, no doubt. And in case you have some extra cash …

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