If you are an owner of a Koenigsegg hyper car, then you are a member of a brotherhood more exclusive than the Illuminati. I am not exaggerating or blowing things out of proportion because since 1994, this Swedish hyper car company has produced lesser amount of cars than what Ferrari produces in a week, so talk about exclusivity. So, to keep its loyal and exclusive customers happy and coming back for more powerful and exclusive automobiles, Christian Von Koenigsegg debuted his company’s latest offering at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show last week, the 1500 horsepower, single speed, Koenigsegg Regera.
1500 horsepower, with that much power, you can practically jump-start a small planet! For comparison, the legendary Bugatti Veryron with its quad-turbo V-16 engine manages to produce only 1200 horsepower. Heck, this car is even more powerful than Koenigsegg’s previous hyper car, the One:1, which, with its twin-turbo 5.0 liter V8, only managed to produce 1341 horsepower. So, how does the Regera produce all of its power?, well, it does it by combining the 5.0 liter V8 found in the One:1 with three electric motors, which generate 1.11 megawatts, or 1509 metric horsepower or 1489 SAE certified American horsepower. With all of this power routed to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission, the Regera, which in Swedish translates to “Reign”, hits 400 kph (249 mph) from 0 in a scant 20 seconds, which makes it the quickest accelerating car in the world.
Design wise, the Regera does not differ much when compared to the One:1, Agera, and other Koenigsegg models. The front end of the Regera looks a little different, but it is mostly evolutionary than revolutionary, but in general, the front looks a bit conservative for a Koenigsegg branded vehicle. The interesting part of the Regera is that the design was completed in-house and without any help from any professional designers. The side of the Regera is dominated by the side channels that control the air flow to the engine. Out back, the rear fascia is dominated by the center mounted exhaust pipe, and unlike the earlier Koenigsegg models, the Regera features a massive wing, which adjusts based on the speed of the vehicle and is not a fixed unit.
However, the major design revolution has taken place inside the car than the outside. The interiors of the earlier Koenigsegg models looked liked a dressed up cockpits of race cars. But, the interior of the Regera looks properly built and looks quite luxurious with leather covering majority of surfaces, but to keep in tradition with former Koenigsegg models, the interior does feature some exposed carbon fiber panels. Also new in the Regera is the center console, it now features a large touchscreen display, which is also compatible with Apple Car-play, a first for any Koenigsegg model.
Behind the ultra-luxurious interior lies heart of this electrifying beast. The Koenigsegg Regera uses three YASA axial flux electric motors, which are more powerful and lighter than the more common radial flux motors, used in other hybrid vehicles. Behind the rear wheels, the Regera uses two 241 horsepower motors, which offer torque vectoring capability and enables the car to transition from one corner to the other. On the crankshaft, there is an additional 215 horsepower motor which supplies torque to the engine and acts as both a generator and a starter motor.
Koenigsegg Regera’s 620 watt battery pack sits in the chassis backbone where it takes up 2.4 cubic feet of space and weighs in at 254 pounds. During heavy acceleration, the battery pack can supply up to 671 additional horsepower on top of the V8’s power output and can absorb 201 horsepower with regenerative breaking. The Koenigsegg Regera also features a 3 kilowatt power cable, which makes it a plug-in hybrid and has an estimated range of 22 miles on battery power alone. The addition of three electric motors and the battery pack only adds 194 pounds to the Regera when compared to just the 5.0 L V8 and Koenigsegg’s in-house seven-speed automated manual transmission.
Christian Von Koenigsegg admits that the Regera is a bit different when compared to other hybridized hyper cars like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, but insists that once you get behind the wheel and experience the drive, you will be blown away. We are just paraphrasing here, but with 1500 horsepower on tap, we will not deny any of the claims Mr. Koenigsegg makes about the new Regera.
So, now if anyone is wondering how many Koenigsegg Regeras are going to be built, the answer is 80, yep, just 80, worldwide, so chances are you may see the LaFerrari, 918 or P1 more often than the Regera, or any Koenigsegg for that matter. Now, the second most important question, how much? Since Koenigsegg is a hyper exclusive company, the base price for the Regera is $1,890000, that is before all the necessary taxes and fees. However, there is some good news about the Koenigsegg Regera, for the first time in the company’s history, the car will be sold in the U.S. as a completely federalized model starting sometime in 2016.
So, if you have enough money lying around in your mansion, find it and get to your local Koenigsegg dealer and secure your 1500 horsepower monster before it’s all gone.
Information and Images sourced from Koenigsegg.