by Adam Lynton
Niche supercar automakers are the top choice for millionaires looking for exclusive cars but not wanting the usual mainstream offerings from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. One such automaker may be a smaller concern than most, but it features some of the most innovative minds creating new technologies and processes that manage to set a new standard. Among Koenigsegg's small fleet of record-setting cars is the gasoline/hybrid Regera, a car so good that the automaker has dubbed it a megacar, the next level up after hypercar – a rather fitting description for a car capable of running from standstill to 400km/h in less than 20 seconds.
5.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 Plug-in Hybrid
Koenigsegg Direct Drive
With Regera being Swedish for Reign, you expect a cockpit fit for a king and that's what you get. The 8-way power adjustable race-style seats are combination material including thick leather to match the door cards, dash and steering wheel, but at this level if the client wanted pink polka dots on polyester that's what they'd get. The carbon fiber, flat-bottom steering wheel is a work of art with the carbon laid symmetrically to pointing forwards, and it's accompanied by more of the material through the center console and kick panels. Bright silver trim looks garish but some will think it tasteful. The center console is also home to a 9-inch Koenigsegg infotainment system that does look a little low-key compared to the rest of the interior, but will do what's needed. The digital instrument cluster looks good and is easy to read even in harsh light or with top off the car. Tastes vary, and while the Regera is great inside, others do it better.
The Swedish manufacturer's Regera is all about driving as fast as possible, but this time using a hybrid powerplant. The result is one of the fastest hybrids out there with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive technology that combines supreme comfort and outrageous speed. Using the legacy technology from the Agera, the Regera's gasoline engine was downsized with smaller, faster spooling turbos to make it even more responsive and with power coming in instantaneously. The car uses a clutch-slip mechanism that makes the direct drive feel like it has a traditional gearbox, and the steering paddles have a different purpose, left enhances regenerative braking when recharging the battery pack and right activates the hydraulic coupling to activate the "downshift" operation. The stiff carbon and aluminum chassis and electronically adjustable suspension added to a host of electronic aids results in a megacar that's at home on a racetrack as well as the street.
There's an interesting powerplant combination in the Koenigsegg Regera, there are three electric motors and one gasoline engine, but they're set up in series as opposed to parallel to offer better efficiency. To earn the megacar title, power needs to be high, and the combination in the Regera creates massive power. The electric drive is responsible for 700 hp and 642 lb-ft of torque – its 4.5kwH 800V makes the Regera the world's first 800V production car. The combustion engine is a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 capable of 1100 hp and a max of 944 lb-ft of torque. At any given time, the power can combine to deliver over 1500 hp and 1475 lb-ft of torque. 0-62 mph happens in just 2.8-seconds and the 249 mph top speed is reached in just 20-seconds.
While the megacar has the ultimate in comfort, you do see busier and more impressive spec lists in rival cars (or as close to a rival as possible), but it's still decent. There's a configurable digital instrument cluster, a multifunction steering wheel and the Koenigsegg infotainment system headed up by a 9-inch display in the center console. Features include 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, front, inner and rear camera system with recording capability, Apple CarPlay, supreme sound system, ambient lighting, front and rear parking sensors and even remote diagnostic and firmware update capability. Safety includes smart airbags, Sport ABS, KES, Active Chassis with a hydraulic lifting system and carbon ceramic brakes.
As a hybrid, the Koenigsegg is brilliant. As a fast car it's one of the fastest production cars on the planet. As an item to show off the fact that you can settle a country's national debt if you felt like it, the Regera is just perfect. It's ridiculously expensive, ridiculously fast and there will be very few people in the world lucky enough to see one in the metal, never mind own one. Just 80 of these will see the light of day.