Koenigsegg will bring to Geneva a new hybrid hypercarFebruary 19, 2020
The Swedish automaker plans to bring a 2.0-liter three-cylinder hybrid with a capacity of 1,500 horsepower to the Geneva auto show.
Last month, Koenigsegg invited representatives from its global dealer network to its head office in Angelholm, Sweden. During the event, the hypercar manufacturer posted on Twitter photos of employees standing next to five Koenigsegg models under black covers. Thus, the company hinted at the models that it will present at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
According to preliminary information, one of these five is the Mission 500 concept, based on Jesko hypercar, a rocket that CEO Christian Koenigsegg will use to break the top speed record. The other of the five, presumably a hybrid with a 2 + 2 layout called KG12.
An additional two places will not be the only departure from the traditions of the Swedish brand. According to insiders, the heart of the KG12 hybrid powerplant will be a 2.0-liter three-cylinder engine developed using the FreeValve variable valve timing system. It is assumed that in combination with one or more electric motors, the total capacity of the installation will be about 1,500 horsepower. If such a “beast” appears in Geneva under a glass engine cover, he will fight for the title of the most “wild” and innovative powerplant at the exhibition.
The new models are expected to have design standards such as a streamlined windshield and dihedral synchro-spiral doors that can be longer than usual to provide better access to all the comforts of the rear seat. According to foreign media reports, the cost of the new KG12 will be about 1.4 million euros, deliveries will begin in 2022, and production will be limited to 300 units.
One big question is whether the KG12 can maintain the position of the affordable Koenigsegg hypercar for several years. A year ago, reports said that the car will appear on the Geneva show this year. Nevertheless, the most inexpensive Koenigsegg was introduced with a proprietary naturally aspirated V8 in combination with a hybrid installation with a total capacity of about 1050 hp. and priced between 600,000 and 800,000 euros. We will have an answer in two weeks.
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