The Regera, or ‘to rule’ in Swedish and ‘transport’ in Latin, true to its name, it has set out shudders in the automotive industry after its grandiose launch at the Geneva motor show today. Koenigsegg is marketing the car as a luxury mega car hybrid after similar forays into the hybrid performance segment by Ferrari, Mclaren and Porche. If its specs are anything to go by, the Swedes are truly going to reign the niche performance segment in the days to come.
The car is absolutely stunning to look at and comes with Daylight Running Lights (DRLs) in the form of LEDs scattered around the lamp cluster which are modeled after constellations in the nightsky. The car has elements of traditional Koenigsegg styling Including the trademarked "dihedral synchro-helix actuation" doors. The car, besides having state of art technology features, also is supposedly the first ever completely ‘Robotic’ car in the world, which means practically everything that can open or close in the car can be controlled electronically and possibly through a mobile app.
The engine, with a combined output of more than 1500bhp between the electric motors and the 5.0 litre twin turbo V8 through the Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) system, will make the hybrid go from 0 to 100 kmh in 2.8 seconds and from 0 to 399 kmh in less than 20 seconds. The KDD replaces the traditional transmission and creates direct drive to rear axle from the combustion engine without the need of multitude gears or other traditional types of variable transmissions. This reduces drivetrain losses by over 50%, compared to traditional transmissions or CVTs.
It comes with a price that is sure to keep the monsterous beauty to the hands of a limited few. At $1.89 million, the Regera doesn’t come cheap, but considering only 80 of these would be made, we can see true aficionados already starting to dwell deep into their pockets to get a taste of this one of a kind machine.