Video: EVO, CvK And The Koenigsegg Regera

The Koenigsegg Regera has now been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. I published some preliminary ‘facts’ and figures just before the initial launch and the confirmed numbers are even more amazing.

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I’ve mentioned before that my visits to Koenigsegg’s facilities in Angelholm were some of the most mind-blowing experiences I’ve had in my short time connected to the automotive industry. The mountain of technology that goes into Koenigsegg cars is almost beyond description and the fact that Christian von Koenigsegg is so down-to-earth about it makes this small company all the more appealing.

EVO shot this 12-minute interview with Christian at Geneva and it’s probably the best introduction to the Regera that you’re ever going to get.

With a $1.8m base price, you’re highly unlikely to ever own one but that’s not the point. The point is having such access to the development of greatness. The Regera is Koenigsegg pushing the envelope once again and the truly great thing about Christian is that he’s always happy to give you a front row seat for the journey.

Enjoy.

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18 Comments

  1. Had to be a Swede to create such a magnificent looking rig! Can’t wait for Miranda to do something similar to with a Saab. That way I can at least afford it. 1.2 mil is a little out of my range. LOL

    1. Mr. Koenigsegg appears to be the only man in the world really capable to bring Saab alive again. It’s a shame that didn’t happen in 2009.

  2. Still wondering what went wrong back in november 2009 when Koenigsegg had a ‘deal’ with GM…

    1. It was all quite simple, actually.

      The Koenigsegg Group had a deadline for the process and it became blindingly obvious that the deadline was not going to be met. They had kept other parties advised through the process as to what their deadlines were. They were very reasonable. Maybe those other parties didn’t take that advice seriously, maybe they did. But Koenigsegg Group stuck to its deadline and withdrew.

      1. Do we know why they had such a firm deadline? Something to do with the ongoing brand damage Saab was suffering? You’ think they’d be willing to shuffle along a bit longer if they were serious. A real tragedy, but I suppose it might’ve been best for Koenigsegg in the long term. The massive boost for the Saab brand would’ve been something else! Ahhhh…

        Sorry I missed you at the weekend. I had “family commitments” – baby didn’t sleep a wink!

        1. Unfortunately GM haden’t really decided that they would sell at all until january 2010. And I believe that the cruical thing that allowed Saab to be sold at all was the fact that CvK put the blame on GM for the fact that there was no deal that enabled the deal with Muller to actually go through. A later deadline would most likely only have meant a longer delay before giving up. Remember that GM also had buyers for Hummer and Saturn, but those other deals fell through, so sadly I don’t think that CvK had any real chance whatsoever of closing a deal to buy Saab. We’re lucky that CvK realized this in time so that the deal with Muller could actually go through.

    2. I think there were things that went against Koenigsegg in autumn 2009, after the signed Letter of intent in June the same year.

      1)
      They did the worst thing they could do at that time. They had been guaranteed 400 million USD by GM, and they wanted another 600 million USD in loans from the EIB (guaranteed by tax payers). Now, they wanted the government to provide additional 500 million USD in loans. In all, they wanted others to pay about 1.5 billion USD to go through with the deal. When this hit the media there were zero support for it. It was a PR disaster. The government didn’t need to be cautious or skeptic – the public practically demanded a no to more loans. So when that didn’t work out, they turned to BAIC (and probably others as well) to find money. And I think that led to…

      2)
      When GM saw this they got wary. First, they didn’t want to sell the tech to Chinese companies. Then, they probably suspected that this loan construction would become a house of cards and collapse sooner rather than later. And then GM would be in the mess and effectively blamed for not handling the sell in a professionally way. Better then to close it down and exit. The Spyker turned up, and if there is anything one can say about Victor Muller is that he did a tremendous job putting together the deal. Ha had the papers in order from day one. GM probably though would collapse anyway later on, but at least it would take long enough after the sell that GM could escape without blame…

  3. Can somebody tell me how the exhaust of this car looks like?
    Looking at the picture of the Powertrain unit I see two exhausts, but looking at the back of the car you see a central fake? exhaust outlet just below the Regera plate. What is that for?

  4. Imagine for one moment if NEVS was taken over by Koenigsegg. Even if SAAB Group did not allow the naming rights this would be a great badge to wear on the bonnet. It amazes me how quickly they develop new technology and it is development hat is the big cost.

    The main question is how do you keep an innovative car that could be produced which could be affordable rolling out of the Trollhättan plant?

    1. It’s one thing to develop and introduce new technologies in cars when you produce/sell 10 cars a year at an extrem premium price point to customers that don’t driver their cars that much. It’s quite another to put new technologies into mass produced consumer cars for markets around the world, making sure it works for daily use in all conditions for years without costing a fortune in service or leaving the brand with a bad reputation – all while trying to keep the price down to be able to stay on the market.

  5. After previously watching all the Inside Koenigsegg videos and now just watching this one from the Geneva Auto Show, I’ve come to realize that CvK’s vision, passion, innovation and willingness to share his achievements is what I appreciate and can recognize as a car builder’s ethos that I would wholeheartedly buy into. I can see understand why he was interested in buying up Saab in 2010.

    But equally I now realize that if another auto maker built cars for the rest of us with this kind of enthusiasm, forward thinking innovation and passion, I would jump on board in a minute. I’ve been a die hard Saab fan for well over two decades because of their unique ingenuity, but I’ve realized it’s not so much the name or the brand that I’ve appreciated all these years – it is the uniqueness and separation from the commonality of others that attracted me. CvK has opened my eyes wide with his drive for the same – though instead in the hypercar market.

    Build it CvK. I promise we will come.