And Then There Were Megacars
We know by now that performance car labels are constantly fluid—what was a hypercar a couple decades ago barely qualifies as a supercar today, and any vehicle pronounced to be the most absurd ever produced is imminently going to lose its status to another ground-shatteringly fast car anyway.
Enter the Megacar—featuring Koenigsegg.
In 2014, the Koenigsegg One:1 arrived in Geneva, with the Swedes claiming it to be the world’s first megacar. The name “One:1” is named after its equal power-to-weight ratio with a 1000 kW power rating, equivalent to 1,341hp. Koenigsegg’s claim to fame is that the One:1 is the first “megawatt” supercar, thus earning the “megacar” moniker.
Its 5-liter twin turbo V8 powerplant generates a maximum torque of 1011 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm. Interestingly, the One:1 can run on several types of fuel, including gasoline, race fuel, and even biofuel. An immediate legend in the automotive world, all seven production models were sold out even before its official debut for a staggering $2.4 million.
A year later, Koenigsegg bests itself with the unveiling of the Regera, a 1,500-stallioned beast of a megacar. “Regera” means “to reign” in Swedish, and Koenigsegg’s $1.9 million hypercar is set to rule the streets as one of the most exclusive cars in the world.
In contrast to the One:1’s extremely small production run of seven vehicles, the Regera has a larger production run of 80 units. In spite of its slightly slower top speed of 410kph as compared to 451kph in the One:1, they both perform equally in a 0–100kph run at 2.8 seconds. The Regera sacrifices on top speed for a more practical street machine with its hybrid engine and electric drive, decked in a full luxury interior with memory foam seats, an infotainment system, cameras, and even Wi-Fi connectivity.
Koenigsegg Agera RS
Along with the introduction of Koenigsegg’s flagship Regera at the Geneva Motor Show, the Swedish automaker also unveiled the Agera RS, billed as “the ultimate track tool” due to its lightweight features and track-optimised technologies. Limited to 25 units and fully customisable by its owners, the Agera RS sold out within 10 months, one of which obtained by a wealthy Malaysian figure for $2 million. One of its units broke five world records, putting its closest contender, the Bugatti Chiron, to shame. Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg said: “I am extremely proud of the Agera RS program. The RS is a classic Koenigsegg, with all the core values and features that the Koenigsegg brand stands for.”
Koenigsegg’s record-breaking tradition continues with the Jesko, named after the company founder’s father, Jesko von Koenigsegg. Designed as the ultimate road-friendly track car, the newly designed, twin-turbocharged V8 engine is an improvement and successor of the Agera line of megacars. Having pre-sold 83 units of this 125 vehicle run, by the time its public debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show was over, Koenigsegg had taken reservations for its remaining 42 units. The Jesko starts at $3 million.
An even faster model is already underway—the Koenigsegg Jesko 300 is set to hit 300mph (483kph).