Koenigsegg does not want to miss the Swiss supercar party: this is the Regera!

If only all carmakers where like Koenigsegg… We do not mean having a difficult name to pronounce, but being careful about what you present. And presenting it properly, as the Swedish company has done with the production version of Regera. This is it, and we do not have only pictures to show you. We have technical specifications!

The Regera is not only a hybrid hypercar. It is the first production car with a 800V electric system, something Porsche and Mission E wanted to pioneer. Not anymore. Its lithium-ion battery pack weighs only 90 kg, or 25 kg less than the prototype. It is housed in a sealed container flooded with coolant, what means it can be more efficiently cooled than other battery packs in the market, according to Koenigsegg. All these features allow the 4.5 kWh battery pack to provide 525 kW of discharge and up to 200 kW of recharging power. Maybe ultra capacitor would be more efficient in the recharging process, such as the ones used by Riversimple Rasa, but the goals here are completely different.

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The combustion engine in Regera is a 5.0 V8 twin turbocharged unit that produces 820 kW at 7,800 rpm and 1,280 Nm at 4,100 rpm. The car has no transmission. It uses what Koenigsegg calls Direct Drive, “a clutch-slip mechanism that uses the hydraulic coupling to convert torque at medium/high speeds during fast acceleration”. This system makes the combustion engine’s rev more, producing more power, in a similar fashion to traditional downshifting. Curiously, the Regera presents paddle shifts. The left one enhances regenerative braking, while the right one activates the hydraulic coupling “downshift”.

With such care in reducing mass, the Regera has a kerb weight of 1,590 kg. It is 4.56 m long, 2.05 m wide, 1.10 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.66 m. The result is a car that will probably challenge the new Bugatti Chiron. The Swedish contender can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 s, to 200 km/h in 6.6 s and to 300 km/h in 10.9 s. 0 to 400 km/h has not been tested, but Koenigsegg estimates it would take Regera only 20 s to get there. Total output is beyond 1,103 kW and it also beats the French hypercar in torque, with more than 2,000 Nm.

Price has not been announced, but the former expected price was US$ 1.9 million. Only 80 units of the Regera will be built, what makes a more exclusive machine than the 250 unit Chiron. Deliveries will start later this year. We are very curious to see if its speedometer is so absurd as the Bugatti’s…

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.