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Despite the car’s initial advent at the 2014 event, a “near-running” prototype was displayed at this year’s Geneva show.
The car’s lack of transmission suggests the end of manual gearboxes from Koenigsegg, but the company boss clarified that on other models, customers could equip a manual transmission if so desired. He refused this option for the Agera RS, though, given the re-engineering work required to fit one.
Design of the Regera was a collaboration between von Koenigsegg and his brother-in-law, a car designer, with von Koenigsegg tweaking ideas that the designer showed him. “Who came up with what is a little difficult to say in the end,” he said.
Just 80 examples of the hybrid hypercar will be made. They were announced at the car’s unveiling to cost $1.89 million (around £1.23m at the time) each, pre-tax.
The Regera is described as more comfortable and luxurious than the Agera, the replacement for which is due to be revealed at next year’s Geneva motor show, and it will sit alongside the upcoming model as the brand’s second model line.
Despite the spreading of the brand into two markets, von Koenigsegg insisted that it would not spread to the supercar segment to compete with Porsche and Ferrari, given the saturation therein.
“The big players have been at that game for a long time now. They’ve perfected that game,” he said. If Koenigsegg were to produce a car for this market, it would be too expensive to be competitive to interest the market, he said, adding: “It would be fun to throw a few more hornets in the nest, but right now we have other priorities.”
Nodding at the brand’s previous intention to rescue Swedish brand Saab before it went out of business, von Koenigsegg also clarified that the company is too small to produce mass-market models using its camless technology and instead would pursue providing the technology to existing mass-market manufacturers.