The swedish car manufacturer shares something in common with another independent car-maker, Pagani. Indeed, as far as I’m concerned, they are the only two independent brands that actually managed to make a name for themselves in the very competitive world of high-end sports car / luxury car. Indeed, all the other contenters (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti…) are parts of huge powerful conglomerates (Volkswagen, FIAT…) with a deep pocket. However, Pagani & Koenigsegg are two small companies that have achieved what most wouldn’t believe, and where so many others have failed: bring a NEW & VIABLE sports car to the automotive spectrum.
The history of the high-performance brand starts in Ängelholm, Skåne County, (Sweden). Back in 1994, Christian von Koenigsegg has an idea: he wants to build a « world-class » supercar (can you feel how similar his story is to Horacio Pagani’s?). After many years of development, the Koenigsegg CC8S sees the light of day at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. The car was very rudimentary back then, and seems to be light years from what we know today, and what we think of when we mention « Koenigsegg » .
Here are some of the cars that the company has built: the CCX is born in 2006. The CCXR in 2007 (one of my favorite cars being the turquoise CCXR « Special One » which graced the streets of Paris a few years ago – it was so… ostentatious!). The very mysterious Trevita appears in 2009 (mysterious because to this day, I still didn’t understand if there were three or four units built lol). The brand takes a whole other turn in 2010 with the AGERA, which will be declined in a bunch of variations (Agera R, Agera RS, Agera S…). The swedish brand became very popular in 2014 when it announced its One:1, the car that rules them all. It’s a marvel of technology, the first car to have a 1:1 power to weight ratio (hence the name). For having seen this baby on the race track, I can tell you that the One:1 is without a doubt a mean, mean machine. Records of it at the Nordschleife are eagerly awaited by the fans as I write this (they couldn’t do their testings before because of restrictions on the mythical german track – though some privately-owned One:1 did so very interesting speed « records »).
In 2015, Koenigsegg decides it’s time to change the rules. They present the REGERA at the Geneva Motor Show (« the reign »). One of the most discussed fact about this car isn’t hiss speed (the swedish brand is well-known for building incredibly powerful cars), but the fact that it doesn’t have a gearbox, and features a new technology called the KDD (Koenigsegg Direct Drive) trasmission. The Regera is without a doubt a beautiful car to look at, and from everything I’ve seen, it’s also a very promising car to say the least.
Just like Pagani, Koenigsegg only specializes itself with building high-end sports car, monstruous machines of performance & raw brutality. Yet, they both have that comfot & luxury that goes with high-end brands, with cars often reaching the million-euro mark. Koenigsegg often reaches astonishing power levels with their house-built engines (contrary to Pagani, that has modified Mercedes-Benz AMG engines), and are well-known for bringing a lot of technology & developments: they create, they innovate, they make the world different.