Yes you read that right, eat your hearts out Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, LaFerrari, Porsche 918, et cetera, this latest creation from Mr. Christian von Koenigsegg packs an insane amount of fireworks courtesy of a very unique powertrain underneath that svelte Swedish body.
Where do we start? Well, they named it fittingly that’s for sure, Regera means “to reign” in Swedish. And to do that, the Regera is powered by a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that dishes out 1,160 hp at 7,800 rpm and a maximum of 1,280 Nm of torque at 4,100 rpm. But wait, there’s more. The V8 is then accompanied by three electric motors, one crank-mounted and two driveshaft-mounted; and they generate a combined 300 kW and 1,000 Nm of torque. Yes, this is Koenigsegg’s first hybrid megacar.
When the V8 and the three electric motors join forces, they produce a total of 1,500 hp and 2,000 Nm of torque, and all that goes to the rear wheels. Yup, the Regera is a rear-wheel drive vehicle despite that torrential amount of power.
To ensure its driveability, the Regera is fitted with an “F1-style” Traction Control system and Koenigsegg Electronic Stability Control system with three different handling modes.
There’s no multi-speed dual-clutch gearbox to be found in the Regera. Instead, the Regera uses an industry’s first Koenigsegg Direct Drive Transmission (KDD-T). In layman’s term it’s a single speed gearbox. Say what? Koenigsegg didn’t release any 0 to 100 km/h time but they mentioned that the Regera is capable of accelerating from 0 to 400 km/h in less than 20 seconds.
All that is housed in a carbon fibre with aluminium honeycomb chassis, and draped in a rather outworldly-looking body panels. Measuring 1,110 mm tall, 2,050 mm wide, and 4,560 mm long with 2,662 mm wheelbase, the Regera is a two-door targa with removable hardtop that can be stored in the front hood. The Dihedral Synchro Helix Doors swing out and rotate 90 degrees automatically too.
And get this, the LED DRLs are not merely rows of LEDs lined up at the edge of the headlamps. On the Regera they’re called the Constellation DRL because they’re scattered around to give the effect of “star constellations on a night sky made up of polished carbon fiber”. No, we’re not kidding.
Elsewhere there’s the world’s first top mounted active rear wing that helps to contribute to a total of 450 kg worth of downforce when traveling at 250 km/h.
The wheels are bespoke Aircore Superlight carbon fibre wheels measuring 19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear, wrapped in either a set of Michelin Supersport or the optional Michelin Cup2 rubbers. The ceramic brakes measure 390 mm with 6-pot calipers at the front and 380 mm with 4-pot calipers at the back.
The interior features adjustable carbon sports seats along with adjustable pedals and steering column, leather upholstery, and even leather carpets. On top of that, the 9-inch infotainment system supports 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Apple CarPlay, among others.
The Regera debuts at the Geneva Motor Show, and Koenigsegg quotes a base price of USD 1,890,000. Only 80 units will be made because apparently 80 symbolizes “the principle of domination, control and achievement in Pythagorean Numerology”. Small price to pay for a bonkers egg car, no?