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This Koenigsegg Regera Could Rocket to $3.5 Million at Auction

A Koenigsegg Regera hypercar.
Photo by Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

While the last century had Ettore Bugatti, Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini among its supercar pioneers, the new hypercar millennium already has names becoming iconic for automobiles that redefine power and performance. Christian von Koenigsegg, founder of Koenigsegg Automotive AB is, arguably, at the top of that list.

Since some of his models have sold out before production even began, it’s understandable that when an example from his extremely limited-edition line becomes available, the race is on for collectors. Well, the aforementioned better buckle up as a 2020 Koenigsegg Regera will cross the virtual block at Gooding & Company’s Geared Online Scottsdale auction running January 18 through 22.

A Koenigsegg Regera hypercar.

The 2020 Koenigsegg Regera presented by Gooding & Company. 

Photo by Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

The Regera, unveiled in 2015, is a more refined, street-friendly alternative to the track-focused Agera and debuted a new hybrid power-train solution. “I’m not a fan of the traditional hybrid car,” noted Koenigsegg when he introduced the Regera on the exhibition floor of the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. “So this car has direct drive from the combustion engine to the wheels, with only a final drive unit in between . . . when driving on the highway in that mode, without using electric motors, it’s the world’s first car that has a combustion engine driving the wheels with no gearbox in between.”

A Koenigsegg Regera hypercar.

Only 369 miles were piloted from the cockpit. 

Photo by Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

The Koenigsegg Direct Drive configuration eliminates the conventional transmission and adds an electric motor at the crankshaft. The more streamlined approach also results in reduced mass, enabling the car to come in at a curb weight of 3,505 pounds. The innovative power train delivers a total of 1,500 hp (1.11 megawatts) and 1,475 ft lbs of torque, output that propelled the Regera from zero to 248.5 mph (400 km/h) in 22.87 seconds, besting its Agera RS sibling for the world record in that category.

Gooding & Company specialist Hans Wurl tells Robb Report: “The Regera is a technological tour de force. From its hybrid system to its Koenigsegg Direct Drive unit and hydraulically actuated body panels, the entire car pushes the boundaries of what we think a supercar should be.”

A Koenigsegg Regera hypercar.

This Regera rolls on Koenigsegg’s Tresex Aircore carbon-fiber wheels. 

Photo by Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

From its original starting price of $2,213,000, the US-spec Regera that will be presented by the Los Angeles–based auction house features another $710,000 in upgrades, such as enhancements that add 20 percent greater downforce, an extra 200 hp (on E85 fuel) and additional carbon-fiber components, including the $57,000 carbon-fiber wheel package. Estimated to fetch as much as $3.5 million, the car—which will be delivered by its original owner—has only 369 miles on the clock.

A Koenigsegg Regera hypercar.

Additional aerodynamic options increase downforce by 20 percent compared to other Regera examples. 

Photo by Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company.

“It really is a golden era for performance cars, and Koenigsegg is at the pointy end of the spear in terms of ingenuity and performance,” adds Wurl. “Regera owners possess bespoke and innovative automobiles that set new parameters and are changing the landscape of their industry. Time will look fondly on these cars and their legacy.”

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