1,500 is the most important number to come out of the Geneva Auto Show, as that’s how much horsepower the Koenigsegg Regera plug-in hybrid supercar makes. Three electric motors, smartphone enabled doors, and a twin-turbo V8 are just a few of the features that make this the mightiest “megacar” in the world right now.
Based on a modified Koenigsegg Agera frame, the Regera still uses the same 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 and its conventional supercar kin. Somehow, Koenigsegg managed to wedge in a pair of electric motors to power the rear wheels, while a third electric motor sits where a transmission normally would, forming the basis its Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) system. This gearless drive system reduces drivetrain loss by 50% compared with traditional transmissions, while still providing a mechanical linkage between the V8 engine and the rear wheels.
Croatia’s Rimac provided the 9 kWh, 620-volt battery pack provides about about 35 miles of pure electric driving, and it the car senses you’re heading for a charging port, it will automatically switch over to electric motor to drain the battery. Other automated features include doors and a charging port that can be popped open from a smartphone, an active suspension for a smooth ride, and even the side mirrors automatically fold in when the Dihedral Synchro Helix doors open.
Naturally, all some people will care about is the bonkers drivetrain, which makes 1,100 horsepower from the V8 engine and another 700 with the electric motors. Total combined output is the aforementioned 1,500 horsepower, with 1,500 lb-ft of torque to play with as well. Koenigsegg claims the Regera can go from 0 to 250 MPH/400 KPH in less than 20 seconds, while the 3,600 pound/1,600 kg curb weight is just a couple hundred pounds more than the Agera it’s based on. For all that power though, the 3.2 second 0 to 60 MPH seems almost unimpressive, which is a terrible thing to say about a 1,500 horsepower hybrid.
Vehicle electrification is allowing automakers like Koenigsegg to reach unprecedented levels of horsepower and performance. So when can we expect the first fully-electric Koenigsegg? Something tells me it might not be all that far away.