Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:07 pm
Welcome, Joes, to the most bonkers luxury hypercar on the planet. The Koenigsegg Regera, translates to ‘reign’ in Swedish – and is a milestone in the history of the Swedish supercar manufacturer as it’s been built as a luxury car with blistering speed.
Just how blistering will blow your minds. Koenigsegg’s 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sits in the middle, pumping out a not-too-shabby 1100bhp alone, direct to the rear wheels. The Regera is rear wheel drive only, so 0-62mph takes a relatively tardy 2.7 seconds. 0-186mph takes 12 seconds flat, while 0-250mph takes under 20 seconds… BUT, it moves from 93mph to 155mph in a mind-blowing 3.2 seconds, and tops out at 255mph. Let that sink in for a minute.
Because it’s a petrol-electric hybrid, you can travel up to around 18 miles on pure electric power alone, but we reckon with a twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 on board, you’ll likely want to utilise everything. In total, Koenigsegg say the Regera will have an output of somewhere close to 1800bhp and 1475lb ft of torque.
The Regera sits on a highly modified Agera chassis, here significantly changed to accommodate a 9kW battery pack in the centre of the car. But instead of the motor being attached to a normal transmission, the Regera uses something called the Swedes have called, the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system. There’s a small, crank-mounted electric motor to fill the torque gap (and act as a starter motor) together with a hydraulic coupling.
The body is a work of art, with all sorts of aerodynamics going on including monster side scoops and front diffuser arrangement. She’s as beautiful as she is aggressive and we don’t want to tame her. Inside there’s a 9.1-inch infotainment system, and six-way adjustable carbon memory seats, too. We did say it was luxury.
The Regera’s base price just over £1.2m and Koenigsegg are only building 80 of them, having already sold four even before anybody has seen the car. Naturally, due to Koenigsegg’s less synonymous name, it hasn’t received the universal coverage it undoubtedly deserves. But we saw this up close and personal in Geneva and it blew us away as one of the best cars on show. Rather tellingly, Christian von Koenigsegg, founder of Koenigsegg has said that the only car capable of beating his new Regera is… another Koenigsegg. We believe you, Christian.